Dog Park Fences
“I’d like to apologize to anyone who has felt that Pico’s presence at the dog park is a bad one. I didn’t take the name calling and oddly fierce criticism posted into account. However, people who’ve been offended by him at the dog park deserve something more from us.”
“We usually take Pico to the dog park after he’s been crated for most of the day and he’s at his most excitable. I have been scaling back our trips because of the leaping out. You have convinced me that this is really my problem and no one elses. I just hope that no one’s dog ever leaps out and gets hurt, that was my motivation behind the letter. Not just my dog, everyone’s dog I’ve seen negotiating the fence.
My husband and I waited so many years to get a dog and he’s our main activity partner. He digs holes on the beach at Sandy Hook, climbs to the top of Mount Washington and snow shoes with us in Vermont. I may spend so much time with the dog that I forget that his welfare is 100% our responsibility and no one else’s. People at daycare love him as well as our friends’ children so its probably fooled me into thinking he’s a better behaved dog than he is. Also, since he’s turned one and been fixed he’s calmed down a little. You have my sincerest apologies and I will continue to run with him but will skip the stops at the park. ”
Here’s a letter Hoboken resident Colleen sent to Mayor Roberts & Peter Cammarano yesterday regarding dog park fence heights, and her leaping dog Pico.
“Hi Mayor Roberts,
I need your help, I am helpless in keeping my dog Pico in the dog parks of Hoboken because the fences are so low. We have a well-behaved German Shorthair Pointer who loves to run and chase balls. Trips to the dog park are necessary for him to work out his energy. However, when people throw the ball and it lands outside the park, he is compulsed to chase it. Through that, he discovered he could leave the park any time he wanted to. The fence is so low, he doesn’t even have to take a running jump. He can just instantly jump over. Now, he jumps out of the dog park when he sees his dog walker walk by, or jumps into the small dog park when he hears a squeaky toy being played it.”
“Other GSP owners in Hoboken have the same problem. These dogs can come in or out of the parks at their whim. Luckily, Pico has either run to a person he knows to greet them, or run back to the entrance to the park to be let back in after’s he’s retrieved the stray ball. However, it scares people in the park, they don’t know the dog is just after a ball, they have no idea what the large dog is going to do after he jumps out of the park and is unleashed.
I took him up to the park at 11th hoping the fence was higher there and he would be confined, however, someone threw a ball out of the park and he quickly jumped out. This scares me because he could run into traffic, and I am terrified about this dog being hit by a car. It worries me all the time. On the weekends I can take him out of the city on hiking trails, but I need to be able to take him to dog parks during the week. Can you make the fences higher for those of us that have large, athletic dogs in Hoboken????
I do not have the email addresses for Carmelo Garcia or Frank Sasso but I would appreciate you bringing this to their attention too.