Category Archives: keepaustraliapetfriendly

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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Balancing Act Adelaide wins Planning Institute Award

At the recent Planning Institute of Australia ‘PIA’ (SA) Awards for Planning Excellence 2014, Fiona De Rosa from Balancing Act Adelaide was presented with the Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award for the study of Dog Park Design. The study of dog park design resulted in a publication “Unleashed, a guide to successful dog parks”

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Dogs in Public Spaces

 As an Urban Planner, my focus is on the integration of companion animals (in particular dogs) into the urban environment. How do we integrate dogs into the urban environment? First, you need a good understanding of dogs: how they learn, how they interact with each other and with humans and understanding of their needs. Second,

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