New park sets tails wagging

Published on Tuesday 8 May, 2018

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Hundreds of dogs and their humans – more than 1,000 people – braved changeable weather to enjoy Bark in the Park last Sunday 6 May.

Held to celebrate the opening of the enclosed Harmony Fields Dog Park in Maddington, Bark in the Park was enjoyed by everyone, from chihuahuas to great danes and everything in between, working breeds, lap dogs, cuddly mutts and more.

Bark in the Park featured stalls brimming with pet products, free vet checks, a puppy photo booth, face painting, ‘meet and greet’ with the City’s Rangers, plenty of space to play and new friends to meet and sniff.

Cookie, a two-year-old Japanese Spitz, won the People’s Pooch competition. She received a hamper of dog goodies for gaining the most ‘likes’ on the City’s Programs and Events Facebook page.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst thanked those who attended for braving the weather and making the day a huge success.

“It’s been great to see so many wagging tails on the dogs and happy faces on the families enjoying this new facility, and I look forward to seeing this park being well used in the years to come,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“Dogs that are regularly exercised and given plenty of mental stimulation through training or socialisation are happier and healthier, and so are their owners. They’re also less likely to develop problem behaviours such as barking or digging, so their neighbours will be happier too.

“There’s more to owning a dog than remembering to feed them each day. We want to see all the dogs in the City of Gosnells registered with up-to-date details, kept in safe yards, secure fences, and given lots of opportunities to exercise, play and interact with people and other dogs.”

The Harmony Fields Dog Park is the first off-leash dog exercise area in the City of Gosnells that is enclosed, featuring one fenced off area for large dogs and one for small dogs. It includes a 1.8m-high perimeter fence, a dual gate entry system, agility features, watering points, shade and different surfaces.

Dog owners are reminded that when out and about, dogs can only be let off-leash in designated dog exercise areas and must remain under control at all times. This means they must come when called and not be a nuisance to other people, pets or wildlife.

For more details about the City’s many designated dog areas, dog registration and responsible pet ownership, visit the City’s website www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.