North India's first dog park opens in Punjab's Ludhiana
The park has been designed to offer a safe and stimulating environment for dogs to socialise, exercise and play freely.
North India's first exclusive park for dogs that will allow pet parents to take their fur babies for strolls, exercise and training has come up in Punjab's industrial hub of Ludhiana. Set up by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, the dog park is the third such facility to come up in the country after Hyderabad and Mumbai. (Also read: Is it really safe to feed your cat a vegan diet?)
Spread over an acre in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, the park boasts agility equipment, including hurdles and tunnels, to help the canines develop their skills and stay mentally and physically active. It also has obedience training areas, said Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Senior Veterinary Officer Dr Harbans Singh Dhalla.
There is also a swimming pool, he said.
Facilities such as a pet cafe, clinic and a grooming centre are also in the offing, civic officials said.
There is also a plan to set up a boarding centre for people who need of a trustworthy place for their pets, they said.
Dhalla said dog parks are common abroad and this project has been conceptualised on the same lines.
The idea of setting up the park originated after Dhalla's visit to California.
"I saw a dog park in the US where people brought their pets. Then the idea came about why not have one in Ludhiana," the senior veterinary officer said.
The park has been designed to offer a safe and stimulating environment for dogs to socialise, exercise and play freely that will lead to them becoming happier and healthier, he added.
Dhalla said people often complain that they are not allowed to take their dogs to regular parks. Now, with this park, they can bring their dogs to a facility meant exclusively for them.
Councillor HS Brar said dog shows, games and competitions in which people display their pets' skills will also be held at the park.
There will be a nominal fee to enter the park, which will remain open from 6 am to 11 pm, said the officials.
A Hyderabad-based contractor will maintain the facilties, they added.