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A Fantastic ‘Off-Lead’ Dog Park Has Opened In Greater Manchester

By Laura Rogan

It’s now open for bookings.

While Manchester is certainly blessed with a large number of parks and green spaces, few are fully enclosed and completely safe for our canine counterparts. That’s where husband and wife duo Donny and Dawn Janciauskas come in with their latest venture.

Opening up a two-acre plot in Westhoughton, Bolton, with secure fencing so dogs can safely run and play off-lead, the Westhoughton Dog Park opened up just this week – with bookings going through the roof already. It’s been so popular, in fact, that spaces have become almost fully booked for the week despite only opening today.

Credit: Westhoughton Dog Park

Featuring RSPCA-approved agility equipment, the park is available to book in one-hour time slots, and owners can rest assured that their dogs won’t be able to run away in the fenced-off area (particularly if they’re still working on their recall).

Speaking to Bolton News, Dawn said: “An enclosed area where dogs can run free is something that is missing in the area. Lots of owners are worried about dog thefts, while I know many women feel uncomfortable walking their dogs alone.

“So my husband and I came up with the idea of creating the park. The kids came on board and helped us set it all up. We’re got the agility equipment and we’ve created a shelter for the owners to stand under if it rains.

Credit: Westhoughton Dog Park

Adding: “Owners can book a slot online, they then receive a code to unlock the gate, and the parking is fully secure too. For social distancing reasons it’s one household at a time.

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“We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the response so far, it’s clearly very popular. I think we may even expand to a second field so we can accommodate more dogwalkers.”

Agility training and the use of agility equipment provides great exercise for dogs (for both their body and their mind), helping to strengthen their bones and joints and keep them in tip-top shape.

Bookings can be made now online, and it costs just £10 per session for up to two dogs.

[Featured image: Westhoughton Dog Park]