Let’s Go Out & Play!
By Chris Coulter, Rescue Rebuild Program Manager
Ever get restless and anxious when you’re stuck at your desk too long? Well, your pet has many of the same personality traits that we do. They are energetic, playful, and sociable, but too often stuck inside because of our busy lives. One solution – a dog park!
A steady diet of at least 15 minutes of exercise a day will help keep your dog healthy and active. You can also improve their mental stimulation if there are cool enrichment items found within their play area. Lack of mental stimulation can often cause your dog to become lazy, lethargic and depressed.
Boredom can also promote bad behaviors such as biting and chewing. Obviously, none of us dog owners want that! So, let’s get them the social interaction and exercise they deserve! Engage your dogs’ senses and help develop their comfort level in new situations and environments by taking them to the dog park. The number of dog parks has increased by 80% in the last ten years. We can still do better!
Rescue Rebuild just completed one of our awesome dog parks in Fair Oaks, Indiana. And this project was even better than a simple dog park. It serves as an excellent educational tool. Fair Oaks Farms, an agro-educational center, contacted us to help them get their visitors’ dogs out of cars and into parks. While this educational center would give tours of their facility, they noticed an alarming number of dogs being left alone in vehicles.
Priding themselves on education, they also saw this problem as an opportunity to teach their visitors about responsible pet ownership. Rescue Rebuild, in partnership with Mars Inc., built them a really cool dog park. Pet owners from all over the area can now come to let their pets play and socialize while learning about Fair Oaks Farms’ sustainable agriculture program. This was a great example of how thinking outside the box was able to not only help dogs stay active and healthy but to educate the local community about the dangers of leaving pets alone in a car.
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