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Regulating the smoking in the dog parks

By johnboy - 30 May 2012 10

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.

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10 Responses to
Regulating the smoking in the dog parks
Zeital 3:55 pm 30 May 12

Watson said :

I avoid them. I think fenced dogs attract too many people who have bugger all control over their dogs. I prefer going to off leash places that aren’t fenced and where most dogs do have at least a fair recall. And where little dogs and big dogs can interact if they want to.

So my care factor is pretty low…

not really, mostly everyone that i have seen at the dog park has had very good control over their dog(s) but you will always get those few dogs that dislike one another but for the most part even when its been busy all the dogs and people have gotten along fine. there is also small and large dog areas so you can pick which one is right for the dog size but most of the time the little guys go into the big park and get on just as well

Watson 2:18 pm 30 May 12

I avoid them. I think fenced dogs attract too many people who have bugger all control over their dogs. I prefer going to off leash places that aren’t fenced and where most dogs do have at least a fair recall. And where little dogs and big dogs can interact if they want to.

So my care factor is pretty low…

1967 2:08 pm 30 May 12

Thumper said :

Yes, but a loaded dog is not quite as much fun.

I dunno, I always have a good time at the Loaded Dog

PBO 1:35 pm 30 May 12

Reon said :

However, a smoking dog would still be adorable. There’s just something about cute domesticated animals and harmful substance abuse. Like a kitten shooting smack.

I’d be awwing all the way to the Otto bin after finding his limp furry corpse in a public bathroom.

Madam Cholet said :

On the subject of smoking, but not at all of dogs, I’m getting a bit tee’d off with the amount of peoplw who seem to think that it is ok to stand in bus shelters and light up. I wonder why Action has not already put no smoking signs on the shelters.

On the subject of dogs, mine has never had a smoking habit, but he does like his carob buttons every night. Gets pretty antzy if he doesn’t have them by about 8pm.

I dont know about smoking dogs, but i taught a pony to smoke. It was a really silly thing to do in the long run as it just made him a little hoarse.

Madam Cholet 1:21 pm 30 May 12

On the subject of smoking, but not at all of dogs, I’m getting a bit tee’d off with the amount of peoplw who seem to think that it is ok to stand in bus shelters and light up. I wonder why Action has not already put no smoking signs on the shelters.

On the subject of dogs, mine has never had a smoking habit, but he does like his carob buttons every night. Gets pretty antzy if he doesn’t have them by about 8pm.

poetix 1:02 pm 30 May 12

It’s all this guy’s fault. He started the trend:
http://the-riotact.com/lost-possibly-stolen-doggie-from-kambah-area/73467

gazmant 12:41 pm 30 May 12

Personally I’d prefer if you weren’t able to smoke in the dog park at all. Then again I guess its at least outdoors.

Thumper 12:14 pm 30 May 12

Reon said :

However, a smoking dog would still be adorable. There’s just something about cute domesticated animals and harmful substance abuse. Like a kitten shooting smack.

I’d be awwing all the way to the Otto bin after finding his limp furry corpse in a public bathroom.

Yes, but a loaded dog is not quite as much fun.

Reon 11:21 am 30 May 12

However, a smoking dog would still be adorable. There’s just something about cute domesticated animals and harmful substance abuse. Like a kitten shooting smack.

I’d be awwing all the way to the Otto bin after finding his limp furry corpse in a public bathroom.

Zeital 11:16 am 30 May 12

As someone who is using the dog park every day myself I am more concerned about the amount of litter in the park. God some people are terrible with stuff, poo bags tied to the fence (with poo) plastic on the ground, dead balls everywhere etc. And the poo bin only got emptied after it was over flowing for 3-4 days.
There are also no damn lights. I can’t get to the dog park until its already getting dark so finding my way around the path is the only way I won’t trip over something… so much work to be done to make it better

But then again there are always people who don’t give a s*** about it

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