Special Events – Hosting a Dog Walk
Hand out rules regarding the responsibilities of dog ownership at the event, ie Dog licences, leash, shots, animals in heat, etc.
Check dogs as they enter area for aggressive or inappropriate behavior.
Give out bags, mits or paper for cleanup.
Have an animal ambulance and veterinarian on call or on site for emergencies.
Be Careful! Too many treats and crowded a dogs can result in digestive upsets and dog fights.
Train volunteers to watch out for and to stop dog fights.
Have a system to report and treat dog bites.
ASK THE TRAINER
Have a booth staffed by a dog trainer so people can ask questions.
Organize activities that people can do with their dog (agility, frisbee, etc).
Make regular announcements to keep dogs on leash and require ID tags for all dogs who participate. Have a lost and found area.
SELL DOG LICENCES
Invite the agency who sells dog licences to have a booth. Put a licence application in starter kits.
You might see pet owners violating an ordinance. Decide in advance if this is the time or place to give out tickets.
Lots of noise and activity, large costumed characters, popping balloons and music, can be stressful for dogs. Limit whenever possible.
CHILDREN AND DOGS
Not every dog is good with children. Make sure parents are watching children at all times.
ON SITE ADOPTIONS
It would help to have a separate area for adoptions. Screen carefully for impulse adoptions.
Special volunteers should be designated to do dog related things. Crowd control, evaluations, even people who hold dogs while people use the port-a-potties, should be considered.
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