SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March XX, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government resumed its operations of pet dog playgrounds as of March 6, 2018, that had been closed for safety reason during the winter time from December through February. The city government has provided dog-friendly places both for dogs and their owners since 2013.
Seoul has three of such zones at Children’s Grand Park in Gangjin-gu, Seoul World Cup Park in Mapo-gu, and Boramae Park in Dongjak-gu. Only dogs registered with the city are allowed to enter the zone, and must be accompanied by an owner who is at least 13 years old. The owners are also required to come prepared with paper bags for dog poop and a leash, and prepare for any unexpected misbehaved acts of their puppies.
According to the satisfaction survey conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, 95.8 percent of its total 600 users last year responded they were satisfied with the city’s operations of such dog play zones. 79.4 percent of them picked up “having such a place where they are allowed to play with their dogs without worries” as the most satisfactory one.
When asked if their dogs have changed their behaviors after the paly at the zone, 23.6 percent of respondents said “their dogs became less aggression,” and 21.9 percent said “they showed less problematic acts such as an inappropriate chewing of things.”
With the Seoul Institute of Health and Environment and the Community Health Centers, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will tighten sanitary controls at the zones, taking preventive measures and disinfection there every week.