Dogs in Public Spaces

dog parks and dogs in public spaces

EB, 9 yrs old Bull Terrier X

 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?

  1. 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.
  2. Second, this knowledge is integrated into the planning and design of a public or private space. The dog behavior informs the planning and design of public spaces.

For me, understanding DOG BEHAVIOUR is key. My goal is to blend urban planning and design with the needs of our companion animals.

Understanding DOG

My education in the dog area started some years ago as an Aspiring Instructor at Canine Behavioural School (CBS) a non-government organization located in Trinity Gardens, Adelaide. Over time, my understanding of dogs has grown by being a dog instructor, working with my own dog and by studying dog behaviour.

I am now immersed into the dog world.

Working with DOGS

I want to share a story about my dog’s accomplishments. My dog “Eb” is nine years old and last night we passed our first level of Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S).

This is a program for pet guardians to test real-life skills with their canine companions. It’s a program to improve relationships between dogs and guardians through education and promotion of positive reinforcement and ongoing training, and reinforce responsible pet ownership.

This program can be undertaken by pet guardians, VETS, animal shelter/rescue handlers and dog trainers. My C.L.A.S.S evaluation was undertaken at Canine Behavioural School Inc., Adelaide, Australia.

Thank you EB for enriching my life.