Healthy dog walks with optional agility activities have been unveiled at two Dundee parks.
The two “doggy health trails” in Balgay and Dawson parks each cover a mile and steer clear of sensitive areas such as formal gardens, sports pitches and cemeteries.
We went along to Dawson Park to take a look at the new facilities. Take a look at a dog’s-eye view of the new trail below:
Formally opening the trails today with the help of his dog Millie, John Alexander convener of Dundee City Council’s neighbourhood services committee said: “Dog walking is welcomed in all our parks and they are already popular locations with thousands of people and their four-legged companions.
“So I’m sure that dogs and their owners will enjoy these new trails along with the fun challenges to be found along the way that will help people to continue to stay fit and active in our green spaces.”
Each of the Doggy Health Trails has 10 waymarkers and five dog agility features lining the one mile walk. These features add challenges for dog walkers to encourage their pooches to practice.
Made from logs, they are based on Forestry Commission guidance, and installed by the council. The features are suitable for a broad range of abilities and offer something for all dogs.
Balgay and Dawson parks, chosen because they are already popular for dog walking, feature a trail each, dotted with 10 waymarkers. When all 10 have been passed, both owner and dog will have walked a mile.
The trails feature on a new leaflet, “Take the Lead” which forms part of the Take Pride in Your City campaign.