Walk the dog – in designated area

Shire rangers Megan Carter and Karen Hudson. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d401908
Shire rangers Megan Carter and Karen Hudson. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d401908

Shire chief executive Rhonda Hardy said there were many specific areas for owners to give their dogs exercise in the area.

She said residents should familiarise themselves with these dog friendly parks.

‘The shire highly recommends taking your dogs for regular exercise because it is essential for their growth, development and general wellbeing, however it is important to stay within the given areas,’ she said.

‘Exercise, play time and obedience training are important responsibilities for dog owners and may prevent some behavioural problems.

‘Rather than one long walk on the weekend, set aside at least 15 minutes each day for exercise, obedience training or play time for your dog.’ Ms Hardy said a number of areas in the region are dog restricted.

‘Restricted areas include Kostera Oval and Stirk Park in Kalamunda, Ray Owen Reserve in Lesmurdie, Hartfield Park and Pioneer Park in Forrestfield are also prohibited areas, as are Scott Reserve in High Wycombe and Maida Vale Reserve,’ she said.

‘Turfed areas require a lot of maintenance and care, which is why those areas are restricted,’ she said.

‘It is imperative that dog owners do not use sporting facilities as dog exercise areas.’