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A Qualitative Assessment of Virginia Beach Dog Park Users

By Edwin Gomez, John Hunting

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The purpose of this paper is to look at a Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) dog park as a case study exploring the benefits and perceptions of dog parks by its users. The qualitative methodology follows an earlier dog park study by Gómez (2013) in Norfolk, VA. Our findings indicated three major themes: (a) dog exercise, (b) socialization for dogs (and humans), and (c) safe off-leash place. Findings from Virginia Beach are compared to earlier findings in Norfolk.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Pages 6
Conference Title Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium
  1. Animal roles
  2. Dog parks
  3. Dogs
  4. Exercise
  5. Mammals
  6. open access
  7. Pets and companion animals
  8. Socialization
  9. Virginia
  1. open access