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Assessing the Validity of Preconceptions about Dog Parks: Cleanliness and Disease Transmission

By Kathleen E. Lamotte

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When urban dog owners are not able to utilize standard exercise methods (i.e. walking on a leash or running in the backyard) there are ever-increasing numbers of off-leash dog parks that they can rely on. Some commonly identified benefits of off-leash dog areas (OLDAs) include community building, exercise for dogs and humans, and freedom for dogs. However, some identified struggles facing OLDAs include the preconceptions that OLDAs are dirty, contain aggressive dogs, and possibly spread disease. I found that these preconceptions are largely false. Also, the opinions and some general care patterns between owners who attend OLDAs and those who do not are not significantly different. This signifies that OLDAs are not as bad as some dog owners may be led to believe.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2013
Pages 1-18
Publisher St. Catherine University
Department Biology
Degree Honors
URL http://sophia.stkate.edu/shas_honors/27/
Language English
University St. Catherine University
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  1. Aggression
  2. Animal health and hygiene
  3. Animal roles
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Cleaning
  6. Diseases
  7. Dog parks
  8. Dogs
  9. Mammals
  10. Pet ownership
  11. Pets and companion animals
  12. Physical environment
  13. safety
  14. urban areas