Category Archives: Dog Parks

Dog Park Concept Fly-in

Dog Parks in Australia Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world with 36% of households owning a dog (Australian Companion Animal Council, 2010). Pets play important roles in our lives. Research shows they can help improve a person’s mental and physical health, reduce the effects of stress, facilitate social interaction

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Life without your pet

Pet Friendly Planning. Does it exist in Australia? Companion animals are a part of our lives. Yet, public policy (urban planning) tends to give little consideration to this area. In the publication ‘Unleashed – a guide to successful dog parks’ we start to explore the topic of how to integrate companion animals (dogs) into urban

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Do People Walk or Drive to Dog Parks?

Do people walk or drive to a dog park? Research shows that 68% of park users in the Adelaide region drive to a dog park (Hazel and Thomsen, n.d. The University of Adelaide). This indicates that parking is a key planning consideration for local councils thinking about developing a new or upgrading  an existing dog

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Off Leash

When did Dog Parks first appear in South Australia? This is a question we are often asked, and this week’s blog lists those designated, Enclosed Dog Parks that we know about and have audited in South Australia. Before Balancing Act Adelaide developed a specific, up-to-date listing of enclosed dog parks, you would have to scramble

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Look & Learn

Before you develop an enclosed dog park – experience the space. A lot can be learnt from experiencing the space first hand. A site visit can be an invaluable part of your research and you can  learn a lot about: interactions within the park (dog-dog, dog-human and human-human interactions) who uses a dog park type

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Australia-wide Survey of Dog Parks

Australia-Wide Dog Park Survey. We need over 500+ completed surveys. We only have 225. Help us! Fiona De Rosa from Balancing Act Adelaide is working with Dr Susan Hazel and Dr Lisel O’Dwyer from The University of Adelaide to conduct research into how people exercise their dogs, particularly in dog parks. The University has collected

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