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To Dog Park or not to Dog Park

To Dog Park or not to Dog Park

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020
  • 8:00 PM
  • recorded webinar


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Presented by Barbara Hodel 

To dog park or not to dog park is an important question for many dog owners

A lot of owners assume the dog park is the best place to exercise their dogs. However, while dog parks can be a great place for some dogs not every dog enjoys the park or is suitable to spend time in off leash areas and engage in play.

There are many suitable alternatives for dogs who do not enjoy rough play or need a bit more space. And these are good dogs, too!

Learning Objectives

  • Explain which dogs are suitable for the dog parks and how to raise dogs who can go to the dog park
  • Cover which behaviours need to be in place for dogs to be able to join off leash play
  • Covers common misconceptions about dog parks
  • Explain problems that can arise at the off leash area and how to deal with them
  • Explore different set ups for dog parks and which ones are better options
  • Explain responsible owner behaviour at the park
  • Show exercise options for dogs who are not suitable
  • Trouble shooting and emergency recalls

    About The Presenter

    Barbara Hodel is the president of PPG Australia. In 2015 she completed her Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada ( But she has been involved in dog training for the last 15 years and completed a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services as a Delta-accredited instructor in 2007. She has been running Goodog Positive Dog Training on the Northern Beaches Sydney for the last 10 years, running classes on all levels as well as workshops and agility fun classes. She also does in home consultations.She competes on excellent and master levels Agility and Rally O with Shellbe her five year old German Shorthaired Pointer. Zorbas a Kelpie/Ridgeback cross is retired now but enjoys it at almost 14 years of age. Barbara had a life before dogs and holds a Master's Degree in Modern European History and Economics from the University of Bern (Switzerland) and a MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Southern Cross University Australia. She has in-depth experience in adult education and training, having taught high school and university students in Bern, college students in Sydney, as well as middle and top management employees of a large public corporation in Switzerland.


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