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Regina has just one off-leash dog park, along Wascana Creek west of Lewvan Drive. (City of Regina)

Officials in Regina have been asked to prepare a report on the idea of having more off-leash dog parks in city.

Councillor Mike O'Donnell, who made the request, said the city is growing and with more people - and pets - and there should be more off-leash dog parks. He said the parks allow dog owners to get some exercise with their pets and helps to socialize the animals.

O'Donnell suggested one park for each new development that has a population of five thousand residents, although he added that was a suggestion only.

"I would like to see the notion of an off-leash dog park included in new residential developments," O'Donnell told CBC News. He added the dog parks do not have to be very large. "In many other cities that I've visited, they actually cordon off smaller areas."

O'Donnell noted Regina has just one dedicated space for off-leash dogs, near 13th Avenue and west of Lewvan Drive.