What is an Indoor Doggy PlayDate? 

This is an opportunity for you and your dogs to come to an indoor, heated, secured venue to socialize with other dogs, and other people.

Really?  I can bring my dog to meet and play with other dogs?

Yes!  If your dog is up to date on their vaccinations,  is not displaying any symptoms (i,.e. kennel cough, diarrhea etc.), and does not/has not displayed aggressive behavior, he/she is welcome to attend.

So, this is like dropping my dog off at daycare?

Actually - no, its not.  All dog owners must supervise their dog at all times - so you can't leave him/her in the play area and take a look at the vendors.  Each dog owner is responsible for picking up after their dog if necessary, and intervening if there are any behavioral issues.  Very importantly - do not feed your own dog, or any other dog, during this playtime.

And its FREE to attend?  Seriously?

Yes!  This is a FREE event for your family  however our charity partner ARTS Senior Animal Rescue will be accepting donations for admission.  Your dog(s) gets to play and socialize with other dogs, and you will meet new people who also love their dogs! You can also shop the marketplace for some great  DOGGY related and  products and service. In addition, you  can also get an amazing Professional Portrait of your family and dog, or just the dogs. Photos with Finesse will have a portrait studio.  *additional cost   

What size of dogs will be at the playdate?

Dogs of all sizes, and breeds are invited to this event. The indoor playdate areas will be seperated into SMALL dogs (under 25lbs), MEDIUM dogs (25lbs to 50lbs)  and LARGE dogs (over 50lbs).    ALL dog owners MUST supervise their dog at all times and intervene IMMEDIATELY if there may be a problem.  Event producer reserves the right to remove disruptive/aggressive dogs without refund.   

Will the dogs be separated by size?

YES!  There will be 3 indoor doggy play areas - one for small dogs (under 25lbs), one for medium dogs (25lbs to 50lbs) and another for larger dogs (over 50lbs).  

What if my dog isn't well socialized? 
As long as your dog is not aggressive, and is well behaved in an off leash setting, your dog is welcome to attend.  
The Event Organizer reserves the right to remove a dog from the event for displaying aggressive behavior towards other people/dogs..  It is up to the dog owner to ensure the dog behaves appropriately for the setting.

Can I bring my dog into the marketplace?

Of course, your dog is welcome in the marketplace and in all other areas of the venue (concession, restrooms, photo studio) but all dogs must be leashed when outside of the play area.  Retractable leashes are prohibited.

Does my dog have to be vaccinated?
Yes.  Please ensure your dog's shots are completely up to date and is not displaying any symptoms that would preclude you from taking him/her to an off leash area (i.e. kennel cough, diarrhea etc.).

What happens if my dog is "in season" on the date of the event?
Unfortunately, this would NOT be a good environment for a dog who is in season. 
Please do not attend

Are you accepting vendors and sponsors?

​Yes!  Please contact the event producer at info@dogfest.ca or 403.266.6558 for vendor and sponsorship opportunities.