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Do Landscape Architects consider dog behaviour in the design of dog parks?

Over the last 12 months we’ve observed and analyzed the interactions within dog parks. These include: dog-dog, dog-human and human-human interactions. How many Landscape Architects and other open space designers consider dog behaviour in their design process? We go further than the commonly reported human conversations and connections made in dog parks to incorporating dog

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Dog Park Guidelines for SA

Balancing Act Adelaide have been contracted to develop Dog Park Guidelines for the Dog and Cat Management Board of SA. We are looking forward to working with the state government, the Dog and Cat Management Board of SA to produce guidelines to assist Councils, designers and developers in the planning, design and management of enclosed

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Design of Dog Parks

  Recently Fiona De Rosa and Kylie Fergusen of Balancing Act Adelaide were invited to present a paper at the APA Conference, May 2013, Adelaide. This is a great opportunity for us to talk about our pet subject; engage with local councils regarding the complexities of planning, designing and managing enclosed dog parks, and illustrate

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Planning & Design of Dog Parks

Balancing Act Adelaide is a consultancy specialising in Dog Parks and Pet Friendly Planning. Fiona De Rosa and Kylie Fergusen are two urban planners who share a passion for building stronger links between planning, companion animals and responsible pet ownership. Together, we have undertaken research (Australia and overseas) and audited various dog parks in Adelaide.

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There is no perfect dog park!

In a recent article, Dr Kersti Seksel highlights that: “dog parks can be very challenging environments for dogs. Although it appears to us, as people, that dog parks are great, this is not the case for every dog … Every dog has different play styles, social skills and experiences around other dogs. In addition, many

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Dogs are the new urban resident!

Urban planning and design has traditionally focused on the human need. However, a new urban resident is emerging – man’s and women’s best friend, which we need to accommodate. With the rate of pet ownership being one of the highest in the world with almost 36% of Australian households owning a dog (Australian Companion Animal

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