Stampeding with your best (four-legged) friend

June 22nd 2018

The Calgary Stampede takes over the city starting July 5 so here are some tips for keeping those 10 days fun for you and your pooch.
 

Crowd Control

 
Tens of thousands of people flock to Calgary in early July. The streets get busier, noisier and there is far more traffic.
 
Favourite dog strolls, like 17th Avenue, Mission and the waterfront pathways in the downtown become inundated with visitors and Calgarians out enjoying the Stampede atmosphere. But for dogs, the crowds can be stressful.
 
If your dog doesn’t love the chaos of noisy crowds, you may want to consider a quieter spot for walks during Stampede. If your dog is a natural in crowds and loves people, it is still a good idea to check in with them once and a while to make sure they aren’t showing signs of stress.
 
Keeping them on leash is also important for keeping safely on the sidewalk and away from the extra busy roadways during Stampede.
 

Animal Encounters

 
Even though our dogs can’t join us on the Stampede grounds, there are so many other fun events to attend. If you plan on bringing your dog to any Stampede-themed events, keep it in mind that there may be animals of all kinds also present. Petting zoos and pony rides are often a feature at pancake breakfasts and other events. It’s best to find out ahead of time if there will be animals at the event and you know your dog best.
If your dog hasn’t been around bunnies, goats, horses, chickens, horses and other barnyard animals, a Stampede event probably isn’t the best place to find out how they will react.
Some dogs love being around other animals, but others can be playful or possibly even want to chase or bite.
Again, keeping your dog on leash when there are other animals around is always a good idea.
 

Things That Go Bang in the Night

 
The nine-day late night Calgary Stampede light show is an annual highlight, but nobody who has work the next day wants an 11 p.m. wake up call from a frightened dog.
So save your dog from the anxiety and yourself lost sleep and prepare in advance. The boom of the fireworks can be heard in much of the city and for some dogs the noise is scary. They may react by cowering, howling, hiding or even having an accident in the house.
If your dog finds fireworks frightening, here are four suggestions to keep them calm and happy:
 
  1. Place them in a quite room in the house.
  2. Have some white noise on in the background. Quiet music or the television will block out the noise of the fireworks.
  3. There are homeopathic calming remedies for dogs that can be found online.
  4.  If you are awake when the fireworks are going off, be with your dog to reassure them if they become frightened.
 
And remember, Stampede isn’t the only time fireworks can be heard in Calgary. Canada Day, July 1, and Globalfest, in August, also are events you may want to put these suggestions into practice.
 

Canine-Friendly Stampeding

 
Everyone wants to share fun times, like the Stampede with their four-legged best friends so head to dog-friendly events like the Bowness Stampede Pancake Breakfast and Stampede from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
 
For details visit: https://www.mybowness.com/events/2018-bowness-stampede-parade/
 
Watch for our staff in the parade and we will be serving up doggy ice cream and treats on our patio (117-4611 Bowness Rd. NW). We'd love to see you there!
 
On July 8 there is a Puppy Pancake Brunch at Bon-A-Pet Treat Pet Bakery (5111 Bowness Road NW) from noon to 5 p.m.
There will be pancakes, treats, a photo booth, goody bags, raffles, a fundraiser for local rescue organizations and an adopt-a-thon.
Some of our staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have and share in the pet-friendly Stampede fun.
 
To learn more visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655905591130067

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