Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Working Dogs Day: Getting to know the hero beneath the vest

Ever wondered about the dog beneath the uniform? The police dog chasing down a bad guy or searching for a missing person? The therapy dog comforting a hospital patient? The guide dog helping its owner safely navigate a busy intersection? 

Wonder no more! Working Dogs Day takes place on Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Bowmont Off-Leash Park (5550 85 Street NW). This free, family-friendly event gives everyone the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with working dogs from 20 organizations from around the province. It is also a perfect opportunity to learn more about responsible pet ownership and positive dog-people interactions. 

Working dog organizations 

Working dogs are the heroes of the canine world. Like dogs everywhere, they offer support, care and companionship. But unlike other dogs, they are specially trained to offer professional, often life-saving support, as service, detection, police, military, search and rescue, therapy, compassion and guide dogs.

Fun for all the family

Bring your own dog to Working Dogs Day and treat him or her to free nail trimming. Learn tips and techniques from our on-site dog behaviour and pet first aid specialists and The City’s P.U.P.P.Y. team

The Canine Good Neighbour Program Certification program will be offered to family dogs on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees will also be treated to agility, rally, carting, scent and disc demonstrations. 

Surprise VIPs and celebrities will be in attendance and there will also be door prizes and a White Hat Ceremony.

Hero volunteers

Working Dogs Day is part of The City’s Off-Leash Ambassador program, which was launched in 2013. This program features volunteers who promote the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw and encourage positive pet interactions and safety in our off-leash parks. 

Ambassadors act as community liaisons and positive role models in off-leash areas, providing education, demonstrations and discussions. They are the heroes of the Off-Leash Ambassador program and their hard work helps make this program and all its supporting events possible.

For more information about Working Dogs Day or how to become an Off-Leash Ambassador, visit

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