By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Swope Park has a new attraction and this one caters to the city's four-legged residents.
"We have a lot of dogs in KC. People need to get their dogs out and socialize them. It's a great way to enjoy the park and spend some time with your dog," Mark McHenry with KCMO Parks and Rec said.
The Swope Park Dog Park took several years to get where it is today.
"Picking a location for one is not always that simple. Even though we have a lot of park land in the city not all of it lends itself to that," McHenry said. "We've had conversations over the years about people wanting to see more dog park venues. At first it seems like a simple thing, but the reality is to do it right you've got to have a fenced in enclosure, a parking area, you've got to have water to make it a nice place to visit. By building something like this we're able to accommodate that need."
To celebrate the grand opening, KC parks brought in animal behavior experts to help with issues pet owners like Kris and Jennifer Klindworth face.
"We've got two babies on the way and we can't have the dogs (shih tzus) fighting when they're crawling around on the floor. We're trying to keep them both in the house and keep them from fighting," Kris Klindworth said.
The Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive bus tour exists to keep pets out of shelters. It refers to Leaning on Veterinary Expertise and the tour has been traveling from San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta and other cities to answer questions about pet behavior problems.
"It's really all about saving pets. The number one reason pets are relinquished, then euthanized, is behavior," CEO of Ceva Animal Health Craig Wallace said. "We're trying to educate the public on how to address those issues and talk to their vet about those issues."
Pet behavior specialists will be at Swope Park until 8 p.m. Saturday.
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