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Please Keep Your Dog Off of the Merry-go-round

Uploaded: Feb 22, 2021
We’ve been very grateful to have the playgrounds open so our kids can exercise, get some fresh air and run off extra energy. Almost everyone keeps a safe distance and wears a mask. It is usually a very positive experience and we are excited to go back and play soon.

Over the weekend we enjoyed the afternoon at Nealon Park. It is a new playground and, as usual, was filled with kids of all ages running around and enjoying the equipment. I was shocked when our youngest climbed onto the play structure only to discover a large and energetic dog excited to go down the slide. Thankfully our daughter knows enough about dogs to keep her distance. But she did not understand why the dog was on the slide and taking a spin on the merry-go-round. I didn’t either.

Earlier this month I saw a post on social media about dogs approaching young kids at our local playgrounds. It was sad to read about others recent unpleasant experiences with dogs in the sand pit, on the play structures, and off leash at some of our favorite parks.

Young kids and dogs can both be very unpredictable. A young kid is not expecting to run into a dog when he or she is on a play structure. A dog may usually be very friendly and playful but could easily get spooked on a play structure when kids are appearing from all directions and there is no easy place to escape.

Please keep your dog off of the kids’ play equipment. Especially now, kids need a place where they feel safe to play.
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Posted by parent, a resident of Barron Park,
on Feb 25, 2021 at 11:00 pm

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Dog owners never learn. I have encountered so many dog owners who let their dogs into the playgrounds, ignoring the signs stating no dogs. The worst owners are the ones trying to make a point that their dogs are friendly to kids, regardless what the child or the child's parent wants.


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Feb 27, 2021 at 10:47 am

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parent - Thank you for sharing your experience with dogs at the playgrounds. Yes, an unfamiliar dog can be very scary for a young child to encounter. I agree, even if the dog is typically friendly, children should be able to play without worrying about that dog running up to them, licking them, and/or wanting to play.


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