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Charter Township of Oakland holds dog park open house

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The Charter Township of Oakland’s Dog Park Task Force will present plans and seek input about a proposed land use for a dog park combining small and large dogs, a horse arena, trails and community garden space at an Open House scheduled for 5 – 7 p.m. on March 12, 2014 at the Oakland Township Hall. 4393 Collins Road, Rochester Michigan 48306. All are welcome to attend the open house. The Open House will take place in the Township Hall board room before the regularly scheduled Parks and Recreation Commission meeting.

Welcome canines! Dogs are already welcome on leash at other Oakland County Parks including Addison Oaks, Catalpa Oaks, Groveland Oaks, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks, Rose Oaks and Waterford Oaks.

Lyon Oaks 52221 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393 (between Old Plank and Wixom roads)

Orion Oaks 2301 W Clarkston Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360 (Between Baldwin & Joslyn roads)

Red Oaks 31353 Dequindre, Madison Heights, MI 48071 on Dequindre just north of 13 Mile Road

“It’s a terrific place for a dog who understands how to read and respond appropriately to the body language of other dogs. It’s a great place for a dog who enjoys the company of other dogs and likes to engage in appropriate play. It is not a good place for a dog who is socially challenged.” - Whole Dog Journal – Volume 14, No. 6

Dog parks can be fun and positive places for most, but not all dogs. There is etiquette that dogs and people must follow in off-leash parks.

  • Watch how other dogs respond to your dog’s greeting and look for stressed body language.
  • If your dog has a tendency to steal toys you may need to leash your dog if he’s a toy thief and re-direct him onto some of his own favorite things.
  • Interrupt playtime before it become overly rough as play can deteriorate into fighting if it is left to go on too long. Have play be done in fun, short sessions and stop on a positive note.
  • Train your dog to greet people by sitting politely and advise other people to only reward them with attention or other goodies if there are four paws firmly planted on the ground.
  • You are your dog’s best advocate, but that is only possible if you are watching and present to what is happening at the park. Don’t become distracted and miss something important.
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