Keep Your Four-Legged Friends Safe at the Dog Park

Indiana dog park features innovative security technology.

By on September 17, 2013

For dog park frequenters, there’s nothing worse than worrying whether other pets frolicking in the park are up to date on their shots. One play date mishap can result in a quick nip that breaks the skin and prompts an emergency room visit for your pup.

Pet owners who visit Province Park in Franklin, IN., can keep their pets safe and have peace of mind through a creative and cost effective solution developed by Security Pros.

Before entering the dog park, which has a busy crowd of 200 registered users, pet lovers must add all of their pet’s information onto a personal ID card, which is scanned before the dog can enter the park. Park managers can then easily access that information remotely, including vaccination information, through a CradlePoint router and Verizon USB modem.

If a dog isn’t current on vaccinations, then entry to the park is denied and the gate remains locked.

The tracking and monitoring solution was installed this summer. The investment was minimal and Assistant Park Superintendent Rocky Stultz thinks it will more than pay for itself.

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Local residents pay $30 a year to use the dog park. Out-of-city residents pay $45. Users register at the parks office to receive a dog park card to use for park entry, which is about the size of a credit card.

Stultz said the park now has more control over its property, quick access to a dog’s medical history and is likely capturing lost revenue as park staff can now better monitor renewals and expirations.

“I think people were slipping through the cracks and not renewing,” Stultz said.

Plus, the dogs are likely safer as their owners are more responsible for the current medical history of their pets, he said.

Security Pros is now working with dog parks in other states to help furry family members stay safe.