Port aux Basques dog park a hid­den gem

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - NEWS - BY MIKE MERCER mike­mercer4@out­look.com

Dog parks are more than just a play­ground for pets – they are a gath­er­ing spot for pet par­ents.

Own­ers bring their pets to the park to get ex­er­cise and so­cial­ize with other pets; while the dogs are play­ing, com­mu­nity mem­bers are more likely to form re­la­tion­ships, par­tic­i­pate in con­ver­sa­tion, and ex­change com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion.

These are all ben­e­fits of the off-leash dog park in Port aux Basques. As ex­pec­ta­tions that dogs should be on-leash con­tinue to in­crease in most pub­lic places, many com­mu­ni­ties see dog parks as a way to let dogs run free with­out penalty to own­ers or dam­age to pri­vate prop­erty.

Such parks pro­mote safety be­cause own­ers are not walk­ing on busy streets with their dogs, af­fect­ing oth­ers who are walk­ing, of­ten with kids, or se­niors wish­ing to do their er­rands safely and with­out in­ter­rup­tion.

Pub­lic dog parks al­low pets a chance for am­ple off-leash ex­er­cise and so­cial ac­tiv­ity with other dogs. When dogs get the phys­i­cal and men­tal ex­er­cise they need, peo­ple no­tice a de­crease in the level of trou­ble­some be­hav­ior from dogs in the com­mu­nity.

Health­ier pets and res­i­dents im­prove the qual­ity of life in town or even in your neigh­bor­hood. Keep these ben­e­fits in mind next time you drive or walk past the lo­cal dog park, which our town is lucky to have as part of the area’s recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties.

MIKE MERCER/SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

Jess, a 14-year-old Ber­nese Moun­tain/col­lie cross, looks on as she takes in the sights and smells in and around the dog park off Bay Street in Grand Bay.

MIKE MERCER/SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

The Port aux Basques dog park is some­thing of a hid­den gem, of­fer­ing an out­let for ca­nines to play and in­ter­act with other dogs, and own­ers to meet.

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