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Capital area dog parks receive new “Ten Commandments”
The dog parks maintained by the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen have received a new set of ground rules.
The regulations, containing ten items, were made public at the Greyhound Centre in Helsinki’s Tuomarinkartano yesterday, the Finnish Kennel Club’s annual Dog Day.
The regulations were put together by the capital area cities, together with the Helsinki Region Kennel Club.
For example the throwing of sticks and snowballs inside the dog enclosures is forbidden from now on. Dog-owners should also pay attention to their pet’s barking and make sure it does not disturb the neighbourhood, especially at night time, between 10pm and 7am.
“I am sure this will divide opinions. But what is harmless fun for one dog may cause aggravation to another. Whenever in public places, one has to tune one’s own activities to take others into consideration”, comments chairman Tapani Turunen from the Helsinki Region Kennel Club.
The new regulations will be posted at the capital area dog exercise areas in the coming days.
In Turunen’s opinion there was a clear urgency to get them.
“Before, either there were no rules at all, or there were contradicting rules. People remember the rules of one area, but in another place the practice is different. After that discussion on how to do things proves pointless”, Turunen continues.
In the capital area there are 127 dog parks in all, 88 of which are in Helsinki, 23 in Vantaa, 15 in Espoo, and one in Kauniainen.
Furthermore, there are four dog bathing beaches in Helsinki.
“To get a common set of rules is a good thing. Dog-owners often move across the city limits and use the services of the neighbouring community”, Turunen says.