“I decided on my goals for my Gold Award project after realizing the Maple Dog Park did not have any equipment for dogs to interact with,” she said. “Agility equipment in a dog park is important for dogs to sufficiently release energy. They will also learn new things, such as how to swerve around weave poles and go up and down A-frames. Using agility equipment also leads to more obedient dogs. The dog agility equipment will not only provide much needed exercise for the dog’s body, but for the mind.”
Trinity shared that some of the other benefits of a dog exercising at the park could be better social skills and a stronger bond between the pets and their owners.
“I worked with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Currituck Animal Shelter, a retired dog agility trainer, the owner of the agility course at Family Dog Club as well as many wonderful community members. Together we built a space where dogs can sufficiently release energy, learn new things, and connect with their owner in a meaningful way. I added a ‘Take a ball, leave a ball’ station, an A-frame, agility jump, tunnel, and weave poles to both the small and large dog portions of the park.”
She held an opening ceremony in September 2022 to unveil the additions to the community.
“I had many people show up to support me and I held a ribbon cutting ceremony in order to finalize my addition to the dog park. The Currituck Animal Shelter and For Pitties Sake showed up to see the improvements I had made in the park. The businesses PetWay, Bone to Pick Barkery and Boutique, and Moyock Animal Hospital set up tables at the event and Care-a-lot donated treats, toys, frisbees, coupons, and other dog items for attendees.”