Dog owners in District 69 are invited to the Arrowsmith Hall at the Coombs fairgrounds for a doggone good time this weekend.
Scarlett Luke of Pack Leader Fitness is bringing together dog related groups and businesses for a dog expo and fair called Dog Dayz of Winter. She has invited 20 vendors who will offer a wide range of pet related demonstrations and services all under one roof on February 25 and 26.
Luke said there will be all kinds of activities including agility demos, pet first aid and Doga. Yes, yoga with your pooch. Dogs can’t really do yoga, other than the downward and upward dog but Luke said Doga is a great way to encourage interactions between busy owners and their dogs.
Some of Saturday’s activities include a dog fashion show, paw paintings and an RCMP police dog doing a demonstration from noon to 1 p.m.
On Sunday there is a dog and owner look-a-like contest.
“We want lots of participants for the contest and the fashion show. It should be a lot of fun,” she said.
Luke said there will be door prizes and grab bags full of samples and coupons to take home.
She said the idea behind the inaugural event is to get people in the community to see what kinds of things are out there for them and their pets both indoors and outdoors and hopefully the event will grow every year.
Dogs are welcome but they must have good manners and be under control at all times.
Luke, who is a Certified Master Dog Trainer, admitted that some people may want to attend to get some solutions for their dog behavior problems and she doesn’t want to discourage them from coming with their pet. She said if they are concerned about their dog’s behavior in public they may want to muzzle it so they don’t risk having a biting incident.
“Some behavioral issues can be solved quickly through socialization so we want to encourage pet owners to come.”
The dog fair goes from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Feb. 25 and from noon until 4 p.m. on Feb. 26. There will be human food to purchase on site from Rawthentic Eatery. For more information and a schedule of events visit www.dogdayzofwinter.com.