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Dartmouth dog park sign has owners barking mad

“Please do not use this area if you can’t control your dog’s barking," says the sign at Shubie Park, followed by a hashtag -- #Respect -- and the Halifax logo.

A new Halifax sign re-enforces an already existing noise bylaw sign at the Shubie Park off-leash park in Dartmouth.

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A new Halifax sign re-enforces an already existing noise bylaw sign at the Shubie Park off-leash park in Dartmouth.

A new sign at a Dartmouth dog park is getting a rough reception.

“If your dog barks it can disturb neighbours and other park users,” reads the sign at the off-leash area at Shubie Park, which dog owners at the park say was put up a few weeks ago.

“Please do not use this area if you can’t control your dog’s barking.”

At the top of the sign are the words, “Courtesy Matters,” and at the bottom of the sign is a hashtag, #Respect, and the Halifax logo.

It’s not the first sign at the park to ask dog owners to curb their canines’ call; an older sign at the park says there have been complaints of “excessive barking” in the area.

Dogs and their owners take advantage of the Shubie Park off-leash park on Sunday.

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Dogs and their owners take advantage of the Shubie Park off-leash park on Sunday.

“When they bought the houses, they must’ve known that there would be noise,” dog owner Rhona Duplessis said at the park on Sunday.

“There’s always a responsibility when you’re a dog owner to make sure that your dogs are well-behaved, that they’re not fighting with other dogs, or barking, but you can’t expect a dog never to bark.”

Peter Halley lives on Garshan Road. His backyard is right across the water from the off-leash area.

“There might be a more suitable location for it,” he said Sunday. “Maybe further into the park or an altogether other location.”

Halley said he bought his house about six years ago, when the park already had an off-leash area, but he thinks it’s become more popular in recent years.

“It wasn’t as much of an issue then,” he said. “I find now, especially when the warmer weather comes, there could be 50 or 75 dogs over there at a time and it gets a little crazy over there.”

A city spokesperson said Sunday in an email that staff were unavailable to comment on the sign. Area Coun. Tony Mancini could not be reached.

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