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Jesse3602
07-27-2015, 01:58 PM
I'm Jesse, I have an sweet, very energetic 10 month old mixed breed rescue named Ruben. We began taking him to a local dog park a few months ago and I found myself wondering why aren't there more ideal, convenient places to take our dogs? Someplace safe, fenced and grassy? Our choices are slim and all are so dirty. We have to bathe him after each visit - worried that will cause him to get dandruff.

Is this the norm for dog parks in other places? I would seriously pay for a dog park membership to a clean, members only dog run if it existed!! Does anybody know of a better place for our pup to play on Long Island?:confused:

Tobi
07-27-2015, 08:20 PM
I'm Jesse, I have an sweet, very energetic 10 month old mixed breed rescue named Ruben. We began taking him to a local dog park a few months ago and I found myself wondering why aren't there more ideal, convenient places to take our dogs? Someplace safe, fenced and grassy? Our choices are slim and all are so dirty. We have to bathe him after each visit - worried that will cause him to get dandruff.

Is this the norm for dog parks in other places? I would seriously pay for a dog park membership to a clean, members only dog run if it existed!! Does anybody know of a better place for our pup to play on Long Island?:confused:

It is such a shame. Dogs and grass/fields/woods were born to be together!
Are there any hiking trails within driving distance? (I'm afraid I don't know Long Island very well!) What about the beach there? Are dogs allowed?
Dog parks are great for socialising dogs. But yes I suppose they could get a bit messy, especially if people don't 'pick up' after their dogs! And sometimes it can be tricky as you don't know which dogs are friendly and which are not.
Frequent bathing is obviously needed in the circumstances at the moment, but of course it dries the dog's skin and isn't normally a great idea. Could you ask your vet for a recommendation for a very mild shampoo which may be less drying?

If it's just plain mud or dust, then a wipe-down with wet or damp kitchen-roll paper towels will usually do the trick. I used rolls of the stuff with my dog, and her skin didn't suffer. But she was a short-haired mixed breed so it was easier.

knightofalbion
08-03-2015, 04:50 PM
No dog, so ...

But a very warm welcome to the forum, dear Jesse.

LPC
08-04-2015, 05:31 AM
I missed this thread earlier. Welcome to the forum, Jesse. I live in Europe, so can't answer your question about Long Island. I'm glad that you chose a rescue dog. That's a great thing to do.

Regarding the poll, I think many dog owners - especially in dangerous urban areas - would welcome the idea of a fee-paying private park.

Tobi
08-07-2015, 01:02 PM
I know if the option had been there, I would have paid a yearly membership to a safe dog park, if I had lived in certain urban areas. I hope someone else comments on your post, who knows the Long Island area well.

Mylo
02-22-2016, 05:31 PM
We are lucky that in Australia, our parks are pretty clean and well taken care of. I can't say I know Long island very well but I would gladly pay a fee to access a private park if I did not have access to it. Could you possibly start a petition in your area to try and make this happen? I am sure you will have enough interest to make this happen if you were inclined to do so. There are plenty of facebook groups etc that would lend support for this.

Otherwise, I think Tobis' suggestion of checking with your local vet is on point.
Good luck!