“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 calgary.ca/animalservices.