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Dog Parks Design

Dog Parks Design

Dog parks, where puppies frolic on a leash, have long been the fastest-growing segment of urban parks in the United States. Since 2007, the number of dog parks has increased by 89%. How can we ensure that cities continue to define four-legged areas? Do dogs have the best experience and do not survive, for example, chaotic mud pits and cracking teeth? Leslie Lowe is a landscape architect who helped design Hugh Rogers Wag Park in Whitefish, Montana.

It was named one of the top 10 dog parks in the country by USA Today in 2015. Their park offers a multitude of features suitable for dogs, including climbing rocks, tunnels, paved trails, a wading pool, shade trees, and an agility course. She is now planning another one in Fernie, British Columbia, and is writing a book on designing dog parks. Lowe, who has worked with hunting dogs for decades, believes that a good dog park imitates the experience of frolicking in an open and always stimulating wilderness, and makes dogs comfortable by being in an environment that is at home feels familiar by nature Many architects don’t really understand dogs.

Dog Parks Design

Dog Parks Design


They design parks like this: “Well, let’s just put a fence around it,” she says. Give the dog room to roam. In often crowded cities, this is not the easiest task. But it is crucial so that problems do not arise immediately. Suddenly I have a dog dynamic that I can’t really control. And then the trigger reactions happen.” A dog that cannot process all of the charms of other dogs, other dogs that sniff them, can turn and react by biting or causing a problem.

However, when they are allowed to enter a larger area – ideally after they have been removed from the leash in a separate enclosure. Because there can be conflicts when dogs are kept on a leash and unleashed together – things become more copacetic. “If I have a wide, open space and can bring people and dogs into the park. The pressure on the entrance is reduced.”

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