How to build an affordable community dog park


With cities becoming more and more crowded and leash laws becoming more restrictive, many concerned dog owners are looking to the creation of dog parks as a solution to their need for a place to spend quality time with their pets. If you have a backyard on your property (whether you are a homeowner or a renter) the best solution would be to assemble one of our Do-it-Yourself dog fence kits. They are affordable, effective, humane, and have been tested by PETA. But that is not always possible, especially in urban areas, in gated communities, or with restrictive HOAs. 

Dogs need to run free, so without a fenced in backyard, or a dog park how can you accomplish this? By now you have no doubt recognized the need for a dog park in your area, and you’re eager to see one established.

But how do you get started? 

Start with a small group of committed dog park activists. Talk with a half dozen other individuals who are concerned about the lack of off-leash spaces. These may be people you already know, or you may want to put a notice in the local paper. This group may form a park association and will be responsible for meeting with public officials, making presentations, maintaining the park and defusing any problems that arise.

Choose a site. The ideal area will be a safe, accessible location that takes into account the needs of park users as well as the effect the park will have on neighbors and the environment.

dog fenceCreate a budget. Determine how much it will cost to construct and maintain the park. This is where Pet Playgrounds can help you tremendously. Our fencing kits are incredibly affordable, and can be installed virtually anywhere, by just about anyone. For a relatively small dog park of 500 linear feet (or 15,625 square feet) a traditional 4 foot chain link fence can cost you more than $10,000 for materials and installation. However, a Pet Playgrounds 4 foot dog fencing kit would cost under $6,000 to enclose the same area. Unlike other dog fencing companies we can install the product for you or you can have anyone install this dog fence. This means that you can ask for volunteers to help assemble your community dog park and save literally thousands, making the dog park even more affordable. Pet Playgrounds also offers a wide variety of competition quality agility equipment. Besides creating a fenced in area, and equipment for dogs to play with you will also need to calculate the costs of garbage removal, lawn maintenance, drinking water, field drainage, lighting, benches, and a pooper-scooper station – but those are fairly moderate compared to the cost of constructing a traditional dog park.

Spread the word. Enlist the support of local veterinarians, groomers, dog walkers, and others who have a real interest in seeing a community filled with healthy, well-socialized dogs. Involve them in gathering petitions, writing letters to the editor of local papers and generally spreading the word.

What about maintenance? Maintenance will be another important consideration. In some areas, park associations work in conjunction with local kennel clubs and parks department officials to organize volunteer “park cleanup” days. Kennel clubs and other dog organizations may also be willing to donate funds for future supplies of scoopers, trash bags, and cans.

What would an ideal dog park look like?

  • An ideal dog park would be occupy one acre or more of land surrounded by a four-to six-foot dog-specific fence. The fence should be equipped with a double-gated entry to keep dogs from escaping and to facilitate wheelchair access.
  • Cleaning supplies, including covered garbage cans, waste bags, and pooper- scooper stations.
  • If space allows, it is preferable to provide separate areas for small and large dogs. This will enable large dog owners to allow their pets to run more freely, while protecting smaller dogs who may not be suited to the enthusiastic play of larger breeds. This is incredibly easy with a Pet Playgrounds fence because of the components that are utilized. 

If you are truly interested then please download the this PDF from the American Kennel Club and learn everything you need to know to get your very own community dog park installed!

Pets for Vets saves animals while providing therapy for suffering veterans. Donate today.

Pets for Vets believes our country owes military veterans a debt of gratitude. Our soldiers have been brave but many of them have returned with physical and emotional injuries that have made it difficult to transition back to civilian life. Some estimates state that as many as 20% of returning military veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Pets for Vets is helping.

Their goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter animal that is specially selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehabilitate the animals and teach them good manners to fit into the veteran’s lifestyle. Training can also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors. It’s win-win.

Needy shelter animals receive a second chance at life while giving our returning soldiers a second chance at health and happiness. The bonds of friendship formed between man and animal have the power to ease the suffering of our troops when they return from overseas.

Learn more and donate by going to www.pets-for-vets.com

Learn more and donate by going to www.pets-for-vets.com

It’s all about the dogs!

Are you in Connecticut? Are you looking for a new dog to adopt and make your home their forever home? Then check out the adoption event hosted by Homeward Bound on November 8, 2014. Pet Playgrounds has donated a temporary fence for Homeward Bound so every dog there can run free! 

When you adopt your new best friend tomorrow make sure that he can run free. Dogs should not live on a leash, and after giving your dog the love he deserves, investing in a new Pet Playgrounds fence is one of best things you can ever give your dog.

Event details: November 8th and 9th 2014 between 10 am – 4 pm 

Hale Hill Tree Farm
815 Glastonbury Turnpike
Portland, CT 06480

7 Reasons why you should select a Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence

  1. Pet Playgrounds offers REAL climb, dig, and chew protection for any breed.
  2. It is nearly invisible. Stepping back just 10-15 feet makes the fence virtually disappear.
  3. It’s the most affordable fencing option to protect your dog.
  4. It can be installed virtually anywhere – by anyone, on any terrain even over rocks, tree roots, and uneven land.
  5. Unlike wireless electric fences that might harm your dog, Pet Playgrounds fences keep other critters out as well as ensuring that your dog does not runaway.
  6. All materials last for 15-20 years and are virtually maintenance free.
  7. Our non-electric dog fence kit has been field tested by PETA, and they loved it! We know you and your dogs will too!

When you order your new Pet Playgrounds non-electric DIY dog fence make sure to use coupon code Homeward to save 5% on any kit.

Not only will you save 5%, but we’ll donate another 5% right back to Homeward Bound CT so they can help more dogs in need.

Want to know what dogs are going to be available to adopt tomorrow? Check them out right here!  

November 8th and 9th 2014

10am – 4pm

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     Hale Hill Tree Farm         

815 Glastonbury Turnpike

Portland, CT 06480

MAX Strength (6 Foot) DIY Dog Fences now available

All of our DIY Dog Fence Kits, whether they are 4 foot5 foot, or 6 foot come with REAL chew, dig, and climb protection, however there are some dogs (and some breeds) that are particularly challenging to contain. This is when you would select a MAX strength 6 foot dog fence kit. Our MAX strength dog fence kits have a third outside layer of 19 gauge steel vinyl coated welded wire netting that makes chewing virtually impossible. When these three materials are combined it creates a MAX strength dog fence that can contain even the toughest of dogs. 

 

Our proven MAX strength non-electric hybrid dog fence system uses 3 materials to deliver the maximum protection for dogs that climb, dig, or chew. Our 1000+ pound break strength polypropylene mesh is incredibly strong, yet flexible. Even if a tree falls on it after a hurricane, our fence will pop right back up! Our 18 gauge metal hex wire is used as a combination chew and dig guard, which is bonded to the ground with uniquely shaped kinked ground stakes. Finally our 19 gauge STEEL vinyl coated welded wire netting material is incredibly strong – perfect for dogs that are prone to non-stop chewing. This material is welded with precise automated equipment that ensures a consistently strong bond. 

Advantages of our MAX Strength 6 foot DIY Dog Fence Kits

  • Our 19 gauge STEEL vinyl coated welded wire netting material can be attached to existing fencing (such as post and rail) or can be installed independently with the components included in our MAX Strength Dog Fence Kits.
  • It keeps other critters out such as: coyotes, deer, other dogs, snakes, and small rodents.
  • It is effective, humane and safe to use anywhere. You won’t harm your dog or other animals that attempt to enter your yard.
  • Vulnerable trees, plants, shrubs and landscaping will stay protected from small and large wild animals – especially from nuisance deer.
  • Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease, Tularemia, and Rocky Mountain Fever. Our MAX Strength Dog Fence Kit serves a dual purpose by stopping deer from entering your property, and also limiting the amount of ticks that can infect your dog, other pets, and even family members. 

We have been installing this product for years, and we now are able to offer DIY Kits to the United States and Canada. To celebrate the announcement of this new product line, we are offering FREE SHIPPING for every order that is shipped within the continental United States. Take advantage of this incredible limited time offer.

Off-leash dog training

training a dog on a leashEvery dog owner dreams of the day that they can command their dog to do tricks, come when they are told, and simply be well behaved off-leash. This is not an easy process, but a non-electric dog fence from Pet Playgrounds can make this simpler. Many trainers recommend training a dog within a safe enclosure which will help alleviate the barrage stimuli that can hinder the training process. If you want your dog to learn to respond when they are off leash, start by training them in a safe enclosure, and gradually increase the time that they are allowed to spend off leash. Like with most things, you need to walk before you can run and this means that if your dog doesn’t know “the basics” like sit, stay, or down you’ll need to start there. Just remember that if you want your dog to learn to respond to you when they are off leash, you need to start by training without the aid of a leash in a safe enclosure. This may seem obvious, but many dog owners spend weeks in dog classes working on commands like sit, stay, down, and come with our dogs on a six-foot leash but when they snap off the leash, their dog may act as if they’ve never been to training class. Unfortunately, on-leash training – while valuable for on-leash behaviors – can’t prepare either of you for the challenges of the off-leash experience. This is partly due to the fact that people often and inadvertently use physical cues such as a slight pressure on the leash to help the dog know what they want. When the dog and handler lose that added signal, their communication falls apart.

 

dog fencesOf course, you can’t simply head out to a stimulating environment and expect your dog to behave as he would on leash in a quiet, controlled atmosphere. Start at home in your fenced in yard. When your dog can easily and happily move through a repertoire of off-leash skills in your yard then you can move your training to a fenced in park. As your dog becomes more and more reliable working off-leash he will find it easier to respond to you, even in new environments. Positive reinforcement training and the use of a reward marker, like a clicker or the word “Yes!” are essential tools for training off-leash. Reward markers let your dog know that he got it right and the reward is coming, even when he’s 20, 30, or more feet away. A dog who is appropriately rewarded for his efforts will quickly learn to listen and respond off leash.

 

dog fencesYour dog is capable of amazing things, but you simply have to know how to train him to do them. Before you can teach your dog how to run and catch a frisbee, you should teach your dog to know how to perform a “down” on cue when he’s near you. Gradually increase the distance between you and your dog as you ask for the down. When you are far apart, it may be inconvenient to keep up a liberal reinforcement schedule for her successes, but make sure you do. You want her to be highly motivated to perform the down as quickly as possible. You may not want your dog to catch a frisbee, or do other amazing things but we all would love to enjoy a walk with our dog running free by our side. It will take some time, but it can be done. Keep in mind that every dog has its limits. Some dogs have special fears that may compromise their off-leash safety – for example, some dogs will run blindly at the sound of anything that sounds like a gun, including a distant backfiring car. Others may have strong drives that can lead them astray, such as the fresh scent of a pheasant for a hunting dog, or the sight of a rabbit running for a sight hound. Get to know your dog’s limits, understand what motivates him, and anticipate when and where you may have problems. You may be able to set up special training situations to work through some challenges.

 

These wonderful dogs were trained by Stephanie Williams of Pawsitive Partners in Connecticut. They can help create a cooperative owner-dog partnership through positive reinforcement training. For more information visit their website at www.pawsitivepros.com or call them at (203) 530-0122. Stephanie selected a Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence for her yard, and she loves it!

Use the coupon code PAWSITIVE at checkout to save 5% on your non-electric dog fence kit!

7 Reasons why you should select a Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence

  1. Pet Playgrounds offers REAL climb, dig, and chew protection for any breed.
  2. It is nearly invisible. Stepping back just 10-15 feet makes the fence virtually disappear.
  3. It’s the most affordable fencing option to protect your dog.
  4. It can be installed virtually anywhere – by anyone, on any terrain even over rocks, tree roots, and uneven land.
  5. Unlike wireless electric fences that might harm your dog, Pet Playgrounds fences keep other critters out as well as ensuring that your dog does not runaway.
  6. All materials last for 15-20 years and are virtually maintenance free.
  7. Our non-electric dog fence kit has been field tested by PETA, and they loved it! We know you and your dogs will too!

PETA field tested our non-electric dog fence kit and loved it!

Read PETA’s blog post about testing our DIY Dog Fences

PETA field tested our non-electric dog fence kit and loved it! We shipped PETA a 5 foot dog fence kit with a gate. PETA found a family that had two dogs that were living on a leash. Like PETA, Pet Playgrounds believes all dogs deserve to run free so we were ecstatic that our dog fencing system was going to be used to improve the life of two wonderful dogs. Scroll down to check out the pics of PETA installing and testing our unique DIY dog fence system for these two wonderful dogs. 

 

PETA loved our product, and has now included us in their PETA Business Friends Program. We couldn’t be happier. In fact, we are ecstatic. Why? Because the authority on humane treatment for animals has professed their love for our product. Our product is the most affordable and most effective way of letting your dog run free as well as well as protecting your dog from running away and being attacked from other predators (like coyotes, or other stray dogs). 

Use coupon code PETA and save 5% off of the purchase price of your DIY non-electric dog fence kit. When you use this coupon code, we’ll send an additional 5% right back to PETA to help animals in need.

Check our our new Pet Playgrounds Easy Dog Fence Selector and find out what kit works best for you and your dog. 
Have questions? Call us at 1-800-985-9202. Don’t worry. We’re dog people! We’ll answer any questions that you have and point you in the right direction.

See how easy it is to install a Pet Playgrounds DIY dog fence. 

 

Read PETA’s blog post about testing our DIY Dog Fences

Pet Playgrounds is the FIRST dog fence company to accept Bitcoin.

Pet Playgrounds now accepts bitcoin!Pet Playgrounds is the first online retailer of DIY non-electric dog fence kits to embrace bitcoin, accepting payments in the digital currency here in the U.S. and now in Canada. Anyone in the US or Canada can now use the digital currency to purchase a DIY dog fence kit. An option that was never available before today. Many questions hover over the future of bitcoin, a new type of money overseen by software running on across a vast network of machines. It’s still unclear how the governments of the world will regulate use of the currency. But it continues to evolve, and Pet Playgrounds has decided to jump in. Pet Playgrounds has partnered with BitPay to collect and convert all funds directly into US dollars at the time of purchase.  Accepting credit card payments is rather expensive, due to steep fees from third-party processors. Pet Playgrounds still pays BitPay to handle these transactions, but these fees are significantly lower even without accepting bitcoins directly. 

So why has Pet Playgrounds decided to accept bitcoin? The potential to harness the technology that lies at the heart of the Bitcoin system, a public ledger called a block chain, is a totally new way of thinking about transactions. It keeps records that are decentralized and keeps users semi-anonymous while making their transactions public. Of course the technology aspect is only part of it. From a financial perspective Bitcoin can reduce credit card processing fees to less than 1 percent, which is much less than the standard 2-5% that is typically charged. Also, because people can pay businesses in Bitcoin without divulging personally identifiable information (names, billing addresses, etc.), they enjoy a level of identity-theft protection that credit cards simply can’t offer. 

Whether or not bitcoin will last forever is irrelevant. The fact that small businesses like Pet Playgrounds are adopting the technology means more people will utilize the technology, and for now that is all that matters.

Why invisible fences, just don’t work.

Nearly a quarter of our customers are dog parents that initially tried to use an invisible electric fence – only to find out that it doesn’t work for their dog. Many people think an invisible underground wireless electric fence is the best way to keep their dog in their yard. However, they are simply not as effective as you might think. Statistics suggest …