If you live in the city, public parks are one of the few places where your dog can run around and receive a proper workout. Unfortunately, many parks prohibit dogs even if you bring a leash. Dogshare provides assistance by sniffing out dog-friendly parks in your area.
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Dogshare is essentially an online database that lists more than 1000 dog parks around Australia. The site includes detailed information about what each park has to offer, including fenced or unfenced, availability of poop bags (so you don't have to bring your own) and whether dogs can be left unleashed.
In addition to listing parks, the app has a social networking function that allows dog owners from nearby neighbourhoods to connect and arrange walks or play dates. You can also "check in" to parks so that others can see you on the site in real time and rate different parks based on your experiences.
The database will initially come supplied with 1000 dog parks although more are being added via user-generated content. Joining the web app is free -- however, you do need to create a profile for your dog which includes information such as size, age and temperament.
Once your dog is listed, you can search for suitable parks and connect with other members. This sounds like a pretty helpful service to me, but I'm actually more of a cat person (wanna make something of it?)
If anyone reading owns a dog, feel free to share your impressions in the comments section below. You can check out the Dogshare website here.