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Hidden Dog Fences and Labradoodles- A Good Mix?

“I heard thidden dog fencehat hidden fences don’t work for labradoodles. Is this really true?” asks Tom of East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Many people like Tom are worried that their labradoodle has the drive and pain tolerance to run through an electric dog fence. Good news Tom, when done correctly Labradoodles like yours, or any breed, can be dependably trained to honor the containment boundaries.

Yes, labradoodles can be headstrong and willful at times. All dogs and all breeds of dogs have their own different personalities and physical characteristics but that is not to say that they cannot be successfully trained. That is the main concept: If your dog can be trained to do anything else, it can be trained to stay within the bounds of an hidden dog fence.

Labradoodles, being a hybrid, can have a range of temperaments. So for those of you who have the most stubborn or strong willed dog we can say, it is still possible for an hidden dog fence to work for you. Each dog is different and if you have a more difficult dog the process may take longer, but it will be completed. Your dog may be stubborn, labradoodlebut he’s not stupid. All dogs, and in fact all animals are programed to avoid pain. The most confusing part both to the dog and the owner is to recognize that the concept of avoiding something he can’t see will take proper training, distractions and time. With these even the most headstrong labradoodle will  learn that it has free reign within the boundaries and will avoid the boundaries and leaving the yard.

Tom, although training may be one simple word, but it requires patience and, in most cases, professional help with the containment training.  You can learn more about what’s necessary for proper and complete training of your labradoodle HERE.

Newport Dog Park- Newport, Rhode Island

 

The Newport Dog Park is in a very accessible spot just over the Newport Bridge. Once over the bridge take 138 East towards Fall River and Cape Cod, shortly you will take the Admiral Kalbfus ramp and continue until you hit a rotary. The first exit will take you past a U-Haul newport dog parkcenter and your destination will be on the left.

The Newport Dog Park is right next to 138 so it is easy to spot while driving. On the other hand, having your dog play right next to a freeway is rather nerve racking. The upside to this is the fact that it is never too dark because of the lights from the road. The parking is simply a dirt lot alongside the park but since the park doesn’t seem to get too busy, it fits the purpose.

The fence that surrounds the park appears to be quite old and weathered, with a fair amount of rust along the top. While this is obviously a hazard to people, there are also a few holes that would allow dogs to escape, something that needs to be addressed. Newport Dog park has two sections, one for large dogs and a much smaller section for small dogs. Each has a double gate leading into it which is especially important with the road so close by. The park describe the imagealso provides trash cans, a few benches, and dog poop bags to clean up after your pet. A few chairs have also been left behind so owners can have a seat while their dog makes some friends. However, with only a few over hanging trees in both sections, there is little shade. This shouldn’t be a problem for those who come in the early morning or evening, but for those who visit mid-day, beware the heat and bring your own water because this park lacks a running water spigot.

The patrons do seem to enjoy the mulch which was put down by the town. It allows the dogs to play on a surface that gives and they won’t get too dirty. The park overall is a good space for your dog to run around, but it doesn’t seem to be as popular as other parks so if you are looking for a bunch of dogs to socialize your pup, you might want to look elsewhere. Newport Dog Park meets the needs of a dog park but offers few frills. Head on over and check out the park and tell us what you think below!

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South Kingstown Dog Park- South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Located off route 1 and 108, next to the Broad Rock Middle School, South Kingstown Senior Center and the YMCA, the South Kingstown dog park is easy to find. Just drive to the Senior Center off of Broad Rock Hsouth kingstown dog parkill Road and turn onto Road. Behind the Senior center are baseball fields which you will drive past to reach the dog park. Signs will help guide your way. The parking lot is paved with plenty of space for busy days, a good indication that this is a popular place to bring dogs.

The dog park is down a small hill and the shape is reminiscent of the baseball diamonds you just passed. Like most dog parks, there are two sides: one for large dogs and one for small dogs. The large dog side is about twice the size, for good reason. The wooden fence is brand new and has chicken wire on one side to prevent the little dogs from slipping out. Like many other dog parks, South Kingstown has double gates to both sides, but since this park is so large it has two double gates for each side. The park has surprisingly well kept grass with small sections of both sand and gravel, all of which will ensure your dog doesn’t get too dirty while playing with friends. There is also a smattering of large rocks your dog can jump off of and trees where he can catch some shade.small dog side south kingstown

The south Kingstown dog park has other important features like trash cans and poop bags to ensure the area stays clean. The local community loves the park for its cleanliness, spaciousness, and the good company. Unsurprisingly, many people travel across the state on weekends to visit this beautiful spot. You might want to show up earlier to grab a spot on the bench under the tree in the small dog section.

The one complaint I heard about the park was the lack of lighting at night. While the long days of summer have enough light, in the fall and winter when patrons’ want to bring their canine companions after work, it is too dark. I heard no mention of the lack of running water and dog bowls left behind. This crowd doesn’t seem to mind bringing their own supplies. In case there are toys left behind theredogs playing is a bucket which urges patrons’ to clean up after themselves.

The South Kingstown Dog Park is accessible, spacious, clean and quite beautiful so I suggest you take the trek over on the weekend and then tell us your impressions below.

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