FARMINGTON -- Every dog has its day. In Davis County that day will be Wednesday.
The Legacy Events Center, once billed as one of the nation's finest indoor horse arenas, is making room for dogs by setting aside Wednesdays for Wasatch Front dog owners to bring their canines to the arena for training and exercise, said Dave Hansen, Legacy Events Center director.
"We want the public to come in -- diversify our users," Hansen said of opening the county-owned arena in west Farmington to dog owners from December through February.
Each Monday the county has offered a similar arrangement for those who want to ride their horses there.
"That has worked pretty well for us," Hansen said of offering an open riding day for horse owners for $5 per person.
To lure dog owners to the arena, the county has approved an agreement with Golden Spike Dog Club in which the county will allow club members to use the arena on Wednesdays at a discount in exchange for the county being able to use the club's dog obedience and agility training equipment. Cost will be $10 per dog for the day.
The Davis County Commission recently approved the agreement between the club and the events center.
"I hope this will be a win-win for everybody," Hansen said.
Golden Spike Dog Club President Bonnie Kilgannon referred to the agreement as a win for the county, the 80-member club and the local dog-owning community looking for a place to train their canine during the winter.
"You are going to have people coming from all over the Wasatch Front to use the arena," Kilgannon said.
As the area along the Wasatch Front becomes more urbanized, Kilgannon said, the more likely families are to have smaller pets, such as dogs. Two requirements of dog owners will be that their dog, or dogs, be socialized and able to interact with the other dogs using the center. The dogs also need to be current on all vaccinations and shots, Hansen said.