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Conference Paper

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Publication Title

Proceedings of the 2014 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium



Conference Name

2014 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium


The purpose of this paper is to look at a Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) dog park as a case study exploring the benefits and perceptions of dog parks by its users. The qualitative methodology follows an earlier dog park study by Gómez (2013) in Norfolk, VA. Our findings indicated three major themes: (a) dog exercise, (b) socialization for dogs (and humans), and (c) safe off-leash place. Findings from Virginia Beach are compared to earlier findings in Norfolk.


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Original Publication Citation

Gómez, E., & Hunting, J. (2014). A qualitative assessment of Virginia Beach dog park users. Paper presented at the 2014 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, Cooperstown, New York, April 6-8, 2014.