Taking Your Dog To An Off-Leash Dog Park
Dogs love to run free.In many areas, however, it is not possible to allow your dog to run leash-free for many reasons. First of all, almost all cities and even small towns have leash laws. Dogs must be on leash when outside of a closed private yard. Also, it is not safe for dogs to run free in most areas. Car traffic is everywhere and we have all seen too many dogs out in the middle of a busy street. Even in rural areas there is risk as cars, although less frequent, pass by at very high speed. Dogs may also get into a fight or get attacked by another dog. Or they may get lost. This is especially true when traveling away from home in an area unfamiliar to your dog. So, unless you know the area and it has a lot of free space, it is best to keep your dog under leash control when traveling or outside of their familiar area.
Most cities and towns have created fenced areas known as dog parks. These areas may vary in size from 6000 square feet to 9 or 10 acres. In very large parks and rural areas, some towns have created off-leash zones that are not fenced. In some cases they are bordered by a river or something to keep the dogs in an area. Many dog parks have a separate area for smaller dogs and larger dogs. There are well over 1,000 off leash dog parks in the U.S. and many more in Canada.