Friday, November 15, 2013

Calling all dog owners and their dogs – complimentary obedience training opportunity this weekend

Ever wondered about getting some tips and techniques on training your dog from a certified dog trainer?  This weekend is your chance to do just that as Animal & Bylaw Services (ABS), along with Calgary Humane Society (CHS), are hosting two free sessions on recall training from a certified professional dog trainer.

“Calgary Humane Society is thankful for the opportunity to be partnering with Animal & Bylaw Services on this project to help improve the human/animal bond and increase positive interactions at dog parks and off leash areas with humane and effective training,” says Barbara Walmer, Department Head of Behaviour at CHS. “Proper training helps owners by giving them the techniques they need to minimize undesirable behaviours and encourage appropriate behaviour.”

Barbara will be at Egerts Park on November 16, from noon to 2 p.m. and Kirsty Pearson, also a certified trainer with CHS, will be at Bowmont Park on November 17, from 1-3 p.m. to share and demonstrate tips and techniques with Calgary dog owners and their dogs.

“We believe that good animal behaviour requires a commitment to building a strong relationship between pet and owner,” says Cheryl Herperger, a business strategist with Animal & Bylaw Services. “Animal & Bylaw Services is committed to working with and supporting Calgarians on responsible pet ownership and providing this training is part of that.  Whether in an on- or off-leash area, your dog needs to be under your control at all times for the dog’s safety and for everyone else’s safety in and around your dog.”

These two free sessions are being offered as part of The City of Calgary’s Off-Leash Ambassador program which is a community-based program currently being piloted in the off leash areas at Egerts and Bowmont parks. The purpose of the program is to provide a volunteer-led approach to help promote and educate people about responsible pet ownership.

Pet owners will also be able to renew their animal licences at these events as well.

For more information on Animal & Bylaw Services and responsible pet ownership visit


  1. As a suggestion I think this course should be offered inside a building if it's during the winter months to keep both the trainer, pet owners and dogs warm. 2 buildings I can think of to offer the course in is Calgary Humane Society's and Animal Bylaw Services building.

    Kudos though to both the city and Calgary Humane Society for offering this course for free to dog owners. I hope dog owners who haven't had there dogs obedience trained yet will take you guys up on your offer!

  2. Thank you for providing this service.
    I have been in another city with my dog, and the off leash parks had very specific rules for people in those parks, too. This is my request that the city seriously consider posting a set of these at each off leash park. Thank you.

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  4. What a great idea! I hope lots of people showed up to take advantage of those free dog training sessions.

  5. What a great idea! I hope lots of people took advantage of those free dog training sessions.

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