Bark in the park: a review of domestic dogs in parks

Weston,MA, Fitzsimons,JA, Wescott,G, Miller,KK, Ekanayake,KB and Schneider,T 2014, Bark in the park: a review of domestic dogs in parks, Environmental management, vol. 54, no. 3, pp. 373-382, doi: 10.1007/s00267-014-0311-1.

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Title Bark in the park: a review of domestic dogs in parks
Author(s) Weston,MAORCID iD for Weston,MA
Fitzsimons,JAORCID iD for Fitzsimons,JA
Wescott,GORCID iD for Wescott,G
Miller,KKORCID iD for Miller,KK
Journal name Environmental management
Volume number 54
Issue number 3
Start page 373
End page 382
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, NY
Publication date 2014-09
ISSN 1432-1009
Keyword(s) Bibliometric
Canis familiaris
Open space
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary The presence of domestic dogs Canis familiaris in public open spaces is increasingly controversial. In our review of the literature, we located 133 publications of various types (papers, reports etc.) that examine some aspect of dogs in parks and open spaces (50 % focussed solely on dogs). There has been an exponential growth in the cumulative number of articles (R (2) = 0.96; 82 % published since 1997); almost all pertain to temperate latitudes (97 %) and most to the northern hemisphere (62 %). Most articles focus on impacts on wildlife (51 %), zoonotic diseases (17 %), and people's perceptions regarding dogs (12 %). Articles mostly describe problems associated with dogs, while reports of low compliance with dog regulations are common. We outline six major findings regarding dogs in parks: (1) there is a paucity of information on dogs in parks, particularly in relation to their interactions with wildlife and regarding their management; (2) published studies are mainly restricted to a handful of locations in developed countries; (3) sectors of societies hold different views over the desirability of dogs in parks; (4) the benefits and risks of dogs to humans and park values are poorly documented and known; (5) dogs represent a notable disease risk in some but not all countries; and (6) coastal parks are over-represented in the literature in terms of potential negative impacts. Park managers globally require better information to achieve conservation outcomes from dog management in parks.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s00267-014-0311-1
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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