The Halifax region is blessed with a number of off-leash dog parks.
Recently we discovered that Shubie Park in Dartmouth has an off leash lakefront beach area.
On our first visit, there were over 20 dogs romping around, chasing each other, fetching sticks or balls, or swimming to their heart's content. There were rottweillers, labs, goldens, pitbulls, spaniels, dobermans and some smaller fluffer-nutters there. There were quite a few puppies of varying ages who tried the patience of the adult dogs with their inappropriate face licking, yipping and pesky biting. A lot of ball thievery went on, with owners trying to figure out whose ball their dog just retrieved. Wendy on the other hand would seek out other owners when she felt we weren't throwing her ball enough. She'd run up to strangers, drop her ball in front of them and stare at them until they'd throw it for her. In the shot below, Wendy has targetted the lady in the pinkish sweater for harrassment.
I wish the folk back in Peterborough who think that allowing dogs to be off leash together is a recipe for dog fights, could visit this park. It's an example of just the opposite. Dogs need to learn to socialize at an early age and this park provides just that opportunity.