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Should the city of Victoria invest in developing a dog park?

By JR Ortega
June 15, 2014 at 1:15 a.m.
Updated June 16, 2014 at 1:16 a.m.

Jessica Coleman is happiest around dogs, and she loves to meet people who love dogs as much as she does. She said if Victoria had a dog park, then she would be able to meet more people like her.

The advantages

• Dog-dog social interaction

• Dog-person social interaction

• People-people social interaction

• Doggy play dates can be arranged

• Good off-leash exercise for dogs

• Adequate physical and mental exercise lessens destructive and annoying behaviors

• Good opportunity to learn about other dogs through observation and discussion

THE DISADVANTAGES

• Danger of aggressive dogs

• Danger of physical injury from dog-related hazards

• Lawsuits could arise from dog fights

• Dogs could contract parasites and other diseases

• Dogs may not all be vaccinated

• Potential for lack of impulse control and overexcitement

• Small and large dogs at the same time may cause issues

• Potential for noise, depending on where it's built

SOURCE: Association of Professional Dog Trainers

The old adage goes: Dog is man's best friend.

They love unconditionally and follow behind your every step, and the companionship goes both ways.

But should man's best friend be a community's best friend?

While the debate about whether the city of Victoria should have its own dog park hardly seems controversial, there is concern for our four-legged friends.

While some say a dog park would enhance dog and human socialization, promote family fun and build on Victoria's existing landscape, others worry about safety of the dogs and humans and whether the investment should be at the top of the city's list.

Con: City should invest in other projects; policing dogs could be an issue

Pro: Dog park would increase pet, people sociability

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