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Atherton committee considering off-leash dog park postpones meeting

Original post made on Sep 9, 2019

Atherton's Park and Recreation Committee is considering adding a dog park within Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 9:58 AM

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Posted by Colt
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Sorrynotsorry, but a dog park is a terrible idea. We have enough trouble getting people to leash and control their dogs at the park now, when it’s supposed to be an on-leash park only! Dog parks are not good for dogs, helping to spread diseases and also creating tons of horrible experiences for young dogs that trainers then have to try to fix. Most people haven’t the first clue about what is and isn’t appropriate dog-dog behavior, and many use the dog park as a place for hyperactive, understimulated dogs to blow off steam. Most owners pay no attention to what the dog is even doing in the park! This is a recipe for disaster. By the way, the dog in the photo is a female and she’s being rewarded for holding a down stay.

Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 12, 2019 at 10:59 am

I'm in agreement with Colt. My experience is that many folks considering dog parks a dumping ground for their misbehaving dogs. Little dogs have a habit of harassing larger older dogs. If you ask the owners of the misbehaving dogs to better control their dogs they quite often get very upset and argumentative. Every see a fight between dog owners? I have.Another problem for every person who walks their dog regularly but wants the dog park you have lazy owners who use the dog park as a substitute for walking and co trolling their dogs.
And no one wants a nosy dog park next to or within barking of their property - a misbehaving barker is s bad as gas powered blower.

Posted by Bored dogs
a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2019 at 12:27 pm

In Mtn. View we have a fenced dog park near Shoreline that nobody seems to use much, and when I take my dog there he gets bored in about 3 mins...the ride in the car to the park is more entertaining to him than the actual park.

In MV, though, we're also lucky enough to have fence-less off leash areas in many of our public parks. These work great and really foster community building when all the neighbors show up in the evening. We even have non dog owners stopping buy to say hi and play with the pooches sometimes.
Kids are generally drawn to it as well. It's just a really nice fun time for everyone on a warm night with the sun setting over the ills...ahhh :)
This has been going well for years, though there were many grumblings in the beginning.
I think MV's success and headaches along the way are good information for Atherton to look.

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