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Off-Leash Ambassador program

The Off-Leash Ambassador program is a volunteer-led approach to educate citizens about responsible pet ownership and to ensure safety in off-leash areas. The program was launched in 2013 as part of our commitment to work with and support Calgarians to comply with the bylaws in our 150 off-leash areas. Our Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, for example, requires dog owners to remove dog waste and to keep their dog under control at all times for everyone’s safety.

Volunteers

Register now to volunteer 

We are recruiting volunteers to participate in the Off-Leash Ambassador program.

Volunteer in the Off-Leash Ambassador program:

  • act as positive role models, promoting responsible pet ownership, positive pet interactions and safety in our off-leash parks and at community events
  • answer questions about Calgary’s bylaws in off-leash areas
  • provide an avenue for citizens to share their concerns with City staff
  • promote City services such as animal adoption and licensing

New volunteers receive an orientation and training program that includes a review of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw and an animal behaviour and safety session from a certified professional dog trainer.

 

Off-Leash Events

The Off-Leash Ambassador program hosts events to raise awareness among dog owners and park users of the bylaws in place related to dogs.

Working Dogs Day

Working Dogs Day gives Calgarians a unique opportunity to meet working dogs and their handlers and learn about programs that rely on working dog, which include service, detection, police, military, search and rescue, therapy, compassion, assistance and guide dogs. This annual event is also an excellent opportunity for citizens to learn more about responsible pet ownership as promoted through the Off-Leash Ambassador program.

Free Dog Recall Training Events

While in designated off-leash areas, dogs must be under your control at all times and respond to sight and sound commands. We are sponsoring training sessions with Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT) to help you learn how to successfully recall your dog when needed. To secure your place with a trainer, you will need to register for the event when registration is open.

P.U.P.P.Y. (Pick Up Pooch’s Poo Yourself) Program

Pitch in and pick up. Our P.U.P.P.Y. events are a great way to learn more about the importance of picking up after your pet.