A pair of dogs battling the elements at a very private park

Written by By Marina Ott, CNN Cars aren’t the only obstacle dogs face when navigating public spaces: Even the world’s most coveted dog parks can seem public to the poor pooch. From a stressful…

A pair of dogs battling the elements at a very private park

Written by By Marina Ott, CNN

Cars aren’t the only obstacle dogs face when navigating public spaces: Even the world’s most coveted dog parks can seem public to the poor pooch. From a stressful outdoors-in-the-front, inside-the-park experience to when the weather gets choppy and your dog’s paws touch terra firma (or flip-flops), above all else, a pet’s experience matters.

So how do you feel about a dog park opening “only” indoors? Read on and find out how your dog’s need for a park of her own — even a synthetic one — plays into the long-term well-being of your pet.

CeBIT explains how a covered park is a safe dog run

(Photographs: Marina Ott/AFP/Getty Images)

Taking a dog to a community park is supposed to be a great chance for some quality time. Pets in tow, citizens take advantage of the outdoors — to just pet their dogs, to interact with other humans and their dogs, to kick back and relax.

Often these outdoor hangouts turn into a pet reality show, however, as city dogs — as evidenced by their bare feet in public — often get more attention than they deserve from oblivious onlookers.

Dogs at a dog park in Italy — he’s jumping for joy as he gets to run free (While dogs are allowed to roam, they are supposed to be leashed in parks).Credit: Marina Ott/AFP/Getty Images)

Look up close, and the comparison between the dog park on the ground and the park to the stars below becomes stark.

Some canine parks do offer a rest from a usually-unrelenting day by providing a chance to turn the spotlight off. But sometimes they can be a distraction, or worse — just a giant mosh pit where doggies act like the O.J. Simpson of the canine world.

Public sniffing — puff your way in without a leash at the New York Dog Park (The Backyard has in-depth instructions about when and how to get it done.) Credit: Marina Ott/AFP/Getty Images

Why it matters

Every happy and healthy pet is beautiful to humans, but there are some dog species whose physical or mental needs are more nuanced than others.

Nail-biters, hyperactive pets, older, spindly, pot-bellied pets with issues with bone structure and mobility, and companion animals — the ones who need the most veterinary attention — may need a higher level of care than the average pooch.

These aren’t the dogs you find in the nation’s playgrounds, for sure, but the ones that push their owners to go the extra mile for their well-being.

Check out the photos below, and when you’re done perusing, pick up a poster of your pooch from No Such Park , “a non-profit at the forefront of the cause of supporting the physical, emotional and social health of our nation’s canines” on Kickstarter.

For dogs who may have special needs (in the U.S., there are more than 120 dog breeds who require physical or mental health care), parks such as No Such Dog Park — where dogs are given time off leash and off the leash in order to receive daily therapy — are the only options for long-term physical and emotional growth.

No Such Dog Park is building a new section of their park in Kentucky — complete with a tunnel designed for some of the most preeminent dogs in the U.S. (“The tunnel allows dogs of different ages, shapes and sizes to move throughout a large area at a relaxed pace while still being able to wag their tails.”) — “because if a dog is playing in a new environment, he’s more likely to thrive,” the nonprofit wrote on its Kickstarter page.

No Such Dog Park’s new section will open in April 2019.

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