Should Dog Park Hours be Restricted?

Derek Mann says:

“So the [person] that decided to walk their yapping dog around the dog park at 1am this morning you are a [inconsiderate person] as you woke my family and dog and probably the rest of the road.

I feel that this is a private vendetta as any sane person wouldn’t wait until 1am to walk there dog.

I saw you get back in your car and drive away and noted the colour and will be waiting next time by your car.

Signs [should be put] up restricting the hours the dog park is open before this gets out of hand because this is not the first episode of this late at night and I am starting to lose my cool”

What are your thoughts? – should people be restricted on when they can walk their dogs in the park?

16 thoughts on “Should Dog Park Hours be Restricted?

  • Margaret Moore
    5th December 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Maybe that person has a different shift pattern . they may have been walking their dog before starting their shift at work. Unfortunately not everyone get to work during daytime hours. So no, they should be able to walk their dog whenever possible to do so.

    • Terry Craven
      5th December 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Correct Margaret. my working day started at 1.30am for 6 years and now 2.00pm be nice to have a 9-5 job

  • Steph Bayley
    5th December 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I can think of a few reasons that someone might walk their dog at 1am.
    1) their dog doesn’t like soiling their territory and only does on walks (that the owner I’m sure clears up) and needed to toilet.
    2) the dog isn’t great with others and this is a good time for the dog and owner to have a walk without bumping into others.
    3) the owner works odd shifts and this is a ‘sane’ time of the day for them.

    I’m sure there are other reasons why 1am is a goid time for them. 😊

    • Hayley Heley
      5th December 2017 at 1:44 pm

      I know at least a Dozen people who walk there dogs at this time to avoid other dogs – all very responsible and sane people

    • Janet Croxon
      5th December 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Presumably not in the dog park though, or else their dogs are not yappy.

  • 5th December 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I don’t think locking the dog park (even assuming it can be locked) would help anyway, as people would simply walk their dogs elsewhere, surely?
    Also, it would depend on whether this was a major problem, or just one incident. I see dogs walkers all the time and generally the dogs aren’t barking or disturbing anyone.

  • Mike Smith
    5th December 2017 at 5:30 pm

    We have a yapping dog close to us (day/night, there’s no pattern). But, this poor thing never actually appears to leave the house, and sounds distinctly distressed more than ‘yapping’ half the time.
    I’m seriously thinking of reporting it just to make sure it’s being treated properly – which it doesn’t appear to be, to me.

    • John Fryatt
      5th December 2017 at 11:14 pm

      We had that situation where I live. I think the dog was just left outside for most of the time. As far as I know someone reported it and the matter was dealt with – don’t know what steps were taken but the barking stopped.

  • Margaret Candy
    5th December 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Perhaps they to frighten to take them to the dog park as Derek Mann will complain

  • Chopper Watts
    6th December 2017 at 9:31 am

    Noooooo! No curfew ! The enclosed dog walk is a fantastic idea/place to allow dogs to ” run ” ??? All dogs need this ! And for whatever reason some people need to do it at unsociable times! That’s life , get over it ??? Spread the Love xxx😙

  • Zoe Brennan
    6th December 2017 at 9:35 am

    I don’t think there should be any restrictions on the dog park!!!
    We don’t know the reasons behind the dog having to be walked late, it could be many reasons… who are we to judge somone else’s life????
    Let them walk their dog

  • Alison Pearson
    6th December 2017 at 10:16 am

    So because of 1 dog waking someone up once, and there maybe many reasons why they and their human were walking this hr, the rest of the dog park users should suffer.

    I honestly think there are more important things to worry about. Not sure that complaining and trying to restrict the dog park hours is going to win any friends .

    Just let it go. 🙂

  • Lena Quantrill
    6th December 2017 at 4:16 pm

    No curfew!!
    We foster dogs and late night walking helps us to assess the dogs without so much traffic and people in the first few days. Also with huskies, late nights and early hours in the summer are excellent for them so they don’t over heat. I agree with other comments too.
    Late shifts and should be able to walk, run your dog’s whatever the time. 😊


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