I was in St. Louis lately, shooting some pet owner instruction videos with the people at Purina as part of my continuing partnership with them. We were conversing about some of the experiences that have led me to value the human-animal bond so deeply, and I got around to telling them about the dog park my family given to help construct in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Do you ever have those moments when everyone in the dialogue merely lights up? That’s what occurred when the words “dog park” left my lips. It looks Purina, through its Beneful brand, has been supporting dog park building and renovation throughout the U.S. as part of their Dream Dog Park project for the previous six years. They’ve helped create or renovate parks in more than 20 communities up to now. (Beating Teresa and me by 19+ – we’ve some catching up to do, definitely!)
For several years, Beneful constructed new dog parks from the ground-up, some pretty brilliant ones, in fact. And more lately, they’ve been supplying volunteer and financial support to help enhance existing dog parks in need of TLC. Their fire for dog loving communities was palpable.
I comprehend that dog parks aren’t right for every dog depending on age, character, and socialization, among other variables. But for many dogs (and owners), once acclimated, they offer a distinctively welcoming place to exercise and bond beyond the house surroundings.
In our active, frequently over-scheduled, and ‘always on’ lives, many dogs suffer with apathy and lack of exercise (and obesity!) And fairly candidly, by nature, dogs love to run, play, and simply be dogs, off-leash and with others of their type. This fills a strong emotional demand in this highly social species – a need that’s frequently not fulfilled. But dog parks can help fill that societal, physical, and mental difference by letting dogs just be themselves. It’s something that we can all value!
So I need to take a minute to thank Beneful for their continuing dedication and support of dog parks, and also for supplying many useful resources for keeping things safe whether you’re expecting to bring a dog park to your community or just wish to be a responsible pet owner when you take your pooch to your neighborhood bark park!
I’m sharing their resources, composed by my pal and co-worker Arden Moore, in addition to some from my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, so you could determine whether dog parks are right for your dog and your community, and keep things safe and enjoyable if they are:
Dog Park Etiquette
Dog Park Dos and Don’ts
Dog Park Safety and First Aid Tips
Note: I ‘m now working with Purina on numerous commercial jobs, for which I ‘m receiving Settlement.