VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Vancouver Park Board is toying with the idea of doing away with restricted hours for dogs to run around off leash in parks, while setting up more fenced-in areas.
One dog expert says the board has to put some thought into a separate area for pooches, if that’s the way they decide to go.

Stanley Coren says a fenced-in area has to be much more than a flat open spot..

“There should be areas of brush, some trees, places where dogs can dodge in and out,” he explains. “And it should be large enough. It’s not the same thing as taking an unused soccer field and putting a fence around it and saying that that’s now a fenced in dog area.”

There are 35 off-leash areas in Vancouver, five of them fenced in.

The park board is inviting input into the proposed changes until early July.

Coren doesn’t consider BC to be a dog-friendly province, and says his view will change once dogs are allowed on transit and in taxi cabs.