Why does Marshfield need a dog park?

Marshfield has many wonderful amenities, but none specifially designed for the thousands of dog owners in town.

There are 3500 licensed dogs and 500 unlicensed dogs in Marshfield.

Many residents take their dogs to a wooded or beach area and let them off leash. There is even a Marshfield website listing all the great locations you can walk with your dog. The increased population and boldness of the coyote has deterred many from this practice.

The idea for a fenced-in dog park was suggested to give responsible dog owners a safe alternative to exercise and play with their dogs in a community environment.

What are the benefits of a dog park?

Responsible dog ownership involves keeping our companion dogs happy and healthy. In order for dogs to be healthy and well socialized, they need off-leash time to exercise and play with other dogs.

Dog parks promote physical fitness and improve the mental state of owners.

Dogs that are socialized and get plenty of regular exercise are more adjusted to people and other dogs, are unlikely to be aggressive and dangerous, and are healthier and happier than pent-up or un-socialized dogs.

Enclosed play areas prevent off-leash dogs from infringing on the rights of other community residents and park users such as joggers, small children, and those who may be fearful of dogs.

An exercised dog makes a better next-door neighbor than an under-exercised dog. Puppies and dogs that get enough exercise by playing are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively, destroy property, jump on passers-by, etc.

Dog parks can bring people together and create a greater sense of community. Dogs help shy people "break the ice".

They provide the elderly and disabled owners with an accessible place to exercise their companions or get their animal fix.

Puppies and adult dogs have a safe enclosed place to play.

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