Comment 33141

By highwater (registered) | Posted September 01, 2009 at 10:46:01

Jason, many of the problems you describe would be solved with posted leash-free hours at off-peak times. The problem now is that people are reacting to the unreasonable restrictions on dogs by allowing them to run loose at all times and in all areas. If the restrictions are perceived as reasonable (certain times of the day, away from the playground) there will be far more compliance.

Healthy public spaces are inclusive, and having more leash-free areas recognizes that dogs and their owners are an important part of the community fabric. I mean, who doesn't know at least a few of the neighbourhood dogs? They are characters who add to the local 'colour', and offer their owners the opportunity to bond with others informally in our shared public spaces. Healthy communities should recognize and encourage the positive social benefits of dogs, and not simply seek to control the negatives.

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