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.


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.


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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