I LOVE taking my dogs to the park. They love it too! Did you know that all parks in Mesa are dog friendly? That doesn’t mean they are all dog parks and dogs are allowed off the leash. The City of Mesa has put together a great list of Doggie Do’s and Dont’s. So before you visit one of Mesa’s great parks with your pooch, be sure you know the rules and common courtesies.
Whether you are visiting one of the designated dog parks or not, owners are responsible for the behavior of their pet, requested to keep their dog under control and pick up after them. Common sense tells us that not every PERSON is dog friendly. Even though you love your dog and your dog loves people, there may be people or kids around that are terrified of dogs. Be respectful and keep your dog on a leash if NOT in a designated dog park. No one wants to see your dog’s poo…so be prepared and bring some poop bags with you to clean up after your pet.
According to the Mesa City Code if you don’t want to follow the sate law and a park ranger catches you with your dog off leash, or not cleaning up after them, you can be convicted of a violation, be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) or by imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, or by both fine and imprisonment. IS IT WORTH IT?
Let’s all enjoy our city parks with respect and keep our dogs on leashes and pick up after them. This will ensure fun for all for years to come!
What else would you like to see pet parents do when at the park with their dog?
Does your dog pull on the leash? Is your dog reactive on walks? Getting a new dog and wonder what the best way is to introduce the new dog to your household? Get answers to these questions and more in the video below.
On November 8th, 2013 Jenna Trethewey, Owner of Play Time Pet Care, interviews Kathrine Breeden, Canine Behavior Consultant with Be Kind To Dogs. Kathrine answers many common questions Jenna’s pet sitting clients have asked her over the years and answers audience questions during this hour and a half long live Google+ Hangout.
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