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Off-Leash Ambassador program

Free Dog Recall Training events

While in designated off-leash areas​​​​​​​​​ you must have your dog under control. Your dog must respond to sight and sound commands. We are sponsoring training sessions to help you learn how to successfully recall your dog when needed. Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT) from Animal Services will be providing the training for all the events.

Upcoming events

October 22 - Dog Recall training

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration is now closed.

Past events

August 6 - Dog Recall training
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thank you to all who participated!
June 11 - Dog Recall training
Bowmont Off-Leash Park
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thank you to all who participated!

Working Dogs Day

This annual free event, in support of the Off-Leash Ambassador program, gives everyone the unique opportunity to get up close with working dogs from around the province. Service, detection, police, military, search and rescue, therapy, compassion and guide dogs are among the many different types of working dogs participating. The event is an initiative of our volunteer off-leash ambassadors.

This year’s Working Dogs Day was held on September 17, 201 at Bowmont Off-Leash Park. Thank you to all who participated!

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

Pitch in and pick up. Our P.U.P.P.Y events are a great way to learn about the importance of picking up after your pet. For more information and a list of our events, please visit our P.U.P.P.Y. events page.

Volunteer Recruitment

We are recruiting volunteers to participate in the Off-Leash Ambassador program. The pilot project began in the Egerts and Bowmont Parks off-leash areas. We are now expanding to all quadrants of the city and need ambassadors city-wide.
Volunteers in the program will:
  • Promote responsible pet ownership, positive pet interactions and safety in off-leash areas through the provision of information and demonstrations;
  • Answer questions regarding Calgary’s bylaws in off-leash areas.;
  • Act as positive role models in off-leash parks in terms of adhering with Calgary’s bylaws;
  • Provide an avenue for citizens to express concerns and pass along concerns to City staff; and
  • Promote the work of Calgary Community Standards and the services available at the Animal Services Centre, 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.