Paws4Play in conjunction with LMH Consulting assists local government with the planning and management of services and facilities for pet owners. The practice is particularly known for its work relating to dog off-leash policy and the planning and design of fenced off-leash areas, commonly known as dog parks. The practice understands the challenges associated with incorporating opportunities for dog owners and their dogs because of its portfolio of work in recreation, open space and community planning.

The services provided by the practice include:

1.  Animal Management Service Planning (Animal Management Plans)

  • Internal and external consultation including:
    • community forums
    • staff workshops
    • conflict resolution/mediation sessions
    • design and analysis of community surveys
  • Research
  • Document writing, policy writing
  • Council presentations and briefings

2.  Design of Fenced Off-leash Areas (Dog Parks)

  • Concept and detailed design
  • Cost estimation
  • Community consultation

3.  Design Advice to In-House Teams (Dog Parks)

  • Pre-design advice
  • Review of draft design plans
  • Consultation support

4.  Off-leash and Dog Park Site Evaluation & Feasibility Assessments

  • Review and evaluation of a single site or multiple site suitability for use as fenced and/or unfenced off-leash areas
  • Report of site/s suitability – opportunities and remedies
  • Community consultation

5.  Dog Park Management Plans

  • Protocols and schedules relating to access/use, risk management, compliance monitoring, maintenance, closures

6.  Dog Off-leash Policy

  • Writing and review of policy
  • Internal and community consultation
  • Benchmarking

7.  Trialing of Fenced Off-leash Areas and Dog Parks

  • Pre-trial advice
  • Post-trial evaluation