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Old 08-07-2012, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All, Every once in awhile I hear about an idea for dogs and I immediately come here to see what you people think.

A friend of ours is thinking about buying an 8 acre lot with a stream running through it and a large barn like structure on it. He wants to build a members only 4 seasons Dog Park. The fee would be $365.00 a year and he would allow only 1,000 members. The dogs would be "screened" for temperament and have to provide vet records. The objective is to take the fear out of dog parks and create a safe place for the dogs and their families.

I think its a great idea and I do think people would pay for it. What do you think?
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have paid for a dog park membership for the last 6 years. It's gone up every year and now this year will be $365 ($1/day). That's a big leap from what I paid this year, but I'll probably still pay it because it's the only place I can take my dog swimming without alligators- and really that's the only reason I go.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Annette (bocron here) has this set up.

While I don't do dog parks, I think it's a really great idea, you can't beat 1.00 a day to take your dog to a safe place.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i think people would indeed pay it...here in the county i live in we are trying to get a dog park..and the citizens have been raising money ourselves to get it done..so far we have raised $9600 of the $16,000 needed! hoping we get othere soon!
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would pay for a quality clean dog park where all the dogs are screened
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Is there supervision, dog behavior interpretation? That would be awesome. if the dogs are professionally screened I 'd do it in a heartbeat.
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thanks to all for the replies...I will share this feed back with our friend, Jim. He's a really cool person who loves dogs. He wants to name the dog park after his departed dog.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Here is a link to what was my dog park's sister park in Jacksonville (used to be owned by same person). They have a better website than my park. I visited the Jacksonville park a few years ago and they had people sitting on lifeguard chairs who monitored interactions, which was cool. They also had breed days- that's when I visited for GSD day. My park in Gainesville used to have member parties with pizza, soda, beer, etc. Now they have things like Easter egg hunts, etc but I never go because they are open to the public (the park is open the the public for a fee during certain hours) and it draws in many people who don't understand dog parks.

Anyway, check out their website, you can see the rules and classes and other things. This park also have off leash trails which are cool.

Dog Wood Park of Jacksonville
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i would pay for a private dog park membership.
screening is a good idea but the true test will
be when the dogs get together.
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We have a local one that is $365 per year(or that is what it was at the start up).

If I only had one dog and lived in a location that I couldn't exercise my dog, I'd join it....though they require bordatella and annual vax'ing. Not keen on that whatsoever.
But....they have grooming, dock diving pond, an agility course set up, nosework and obedience training schedule, it is seldom busy so most often we'd have the place to ourselves.
I really don't know how they can afford the taxes and upkeep costs, membership isn't as large as what it must cost to keep it going. Meadow Run Park - Home
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