Kids at Hoboken dog parks
More common sense needed at Hoboken Dog Parks
We’ve noticed a disturbing trend at Hoboken dog runs lately – people who bring their children inside with them.
There are several problems with bringing kids in. Some breeds do not have a particular liking to little ones, and the unpredictable nature of how kids interact might lead to some unnecessary injuries.
Even the Morris County, NJ Park Commission has a couple common sense rules at their parks in regards to children:
- Children under 12 are not permitted. The adjacent picnic area is available. Not all dogs welcome a child’s attention. Running can encourage a dog’s herding instincts.
- Children tend to approach dogs quickly, chase them, run, or tease dogs. This is a potentially dangerous situation. Children should use appropriate park areas.
Do parents think that now since they’ve already taken over most of Hoboken’s park space with their sugared-up hyper machines, that they’re entitled to the rest of the space?
It is our opinion that dog parks should be for adults only. Maybe over 18 – or at least in possession of a drivers license. The Hoboken dog parks are the only places we as dog owners can go to let our dogs run free, rough-house with other pooches and so on.
Parents: Please keep your kids out!
Other Hoboken dog run suggestions
Additionally – perhaps some new ground rules should apply at our dog runs. How about some clear signage that specifies some guidelines for dog-owners to abide by? Such as:
- Limiting liability by using the phrase: Enter at your own risk. Dog owners should be aware of their animals, and take proactive steps to prevent any and all out of control situations. Any time multiple dogs are off-leash presents a risk you voluntarily entered into.
- Tell owners to survey the area before entering – as well as those already inside to be aware of which dogs may be entering. If you see a particular breed that your dog doesn’t interact well with – either choose not to enter, or make the person coming in aware of the situation and avoid it if possible.
- NO STROLLERS, BABIES OR KIDS!
- And no unattended dogs! We’ve seen parents who actually just drop their mutts off while they multitask and play with the kids on the swing sets. They end up leaving poop behind as well. Unacceptable.
In the end, common sense always applies – and it seems like our society is in a downward spiral when it comes to using your noggin’.