Ursa Acree speaks to Jennifer Berg with Oberhund Dog Services in Regina, Saskatchewan. In this episode, they discuss Jennifer’s study on dog park design and how it affects dog behavior – namely, how elements of a dog park can help create or avoid potential dog-dog conflicts. They take a look at some of the flaws in current dog park design, what would make an ideal dog park, and how guardians can change their behavior to make visits more successful.
“I am researching dog parks across Canada and USA with the goal to help improve dog park design to reduce dog conflicts. If you have experienced a dog conflict in ANY dog park, please consider completing this short, ANONYMOUS questionnaire. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and there are no questions that would identify any person, dog, park, or city.”
Kayla grew up in northern Wisconsin and studied ecology and animal behavior at Colorado College. She founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She’s an avid adventurer and has driven much of the Pan-American Highway with her border collie Barley. She now travels the US in a 2006 Sprinter with her two border collies, Barley and Niffler. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams.