I have never been to a dog park before. But now that we have a new puppy, we wanted to give it a try. We want him to be comfortable around and play nice with other dogs.
So my daughter and I took our 7-month-old mini Australian shepherd to the Oak Park dog park on Jan. 7. All three of us had a wonderful experience, thanks to the other dogs and their owners.
The dogs were well-behaved and played nicely with each other. The owners we met were friendly and gracious and offered much welcomed advice.
I was particularly impressed with the close eye they kept on their dogs to ensure the interactions remained playful.
The park itself is just the right size to allow for controlled exercise that can’t be provided in our own backyard.
I want to thank Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District for providing two well-maintained areas, divided by size of the dogs. Water and benches are included.
And I want to thank the dogs and owners who helped make our first experience with a dog park so positive and stress-free.
We look forward to returning again and again and meeting even more of our neighbors and their pooches.