It’s bad enough that as a society we’re so gormless we need government provided dog parks (rather than taking our dogs to open space with a tennis ball and letting rip).
But now Territory and Municipal Services have felt the need to remind us of the smoking rules around the parks.
“We have received feedback from the users of some of our dog parks that they have seen an increase in the cigarette butts being left around.
“Cigarette butts are potentially harmful to dogs if they ingest them. In addition, dropping butts on the ground is a littering offence that can result in an on-the-spot fine of $60 under the Litter Act 2004.
They’ve also provided a handy etiquette guide:
- — using the right part of the enclosure for your dog’s size;
— avoid the enclosure if it is already crowded and leave if you feel concerned about the behaviour of other dogs, owners or your own dog;
— keep walking as this will encourage dogs to see the park as neutral space and reduce territorial behaviours;
— stay alert and focussed on your dog at all times; and
— bring plenty of bags and clean up after your dog.