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Working Dog Day Ideas

January 30th, 2008, 07:12 PM
I am working with a Husky rescue group to plan a working dog day. I am trying to come up with as many "job" ideas as possible and see who we can find to participate. What we are trying to do is introduce people to activities that they (and their children) can do with their dogs. So many people around here love their dogs, but don't know what to do with them, other than a pat on the head. So far we have:

Sledding/dry land mushing (obviously)
Search and Rescue
Hiking (wilderness safety/ first aide)
Seeing eye dogs
Assistance dogs (hearing, wheel chair assistance)

We will also hope to have booths on health, nutrition and grooming, local pet supply stores, bakeries, kennels and daycares.
People will be able to bring their dogs and learn the first step in training of these activities. Each group will have a front and center demonstration time.

What have we missed? What ideas/suggestions are out there to make this day a success? This is a first time event, please help, all ideas welcome!:pray:

January 30th, 2008, 07:17 PM
perhaps have a microchip booth? maybe contact a rep from Home Again or another chip service and have a vet tech on site to do discounted chipping? I went to a dog-day event once, and I took full advantage of that booth! chips were only $25, inserted by a local vet tech, on site. it's a great service to have for new owners of dogs that may not of been chipped already either by a breeder or shelter.

January 30th, 2008, 08:17 PM
It's been a long hard day for me H.P,so please excuse me for sounding daft.LOL

Are the things you listed for what "owners" can do with their dogs?

January 31st, 2008, 08:37 AM
Things that people can do with their dog, for their dog, train their dogs to do. Anything that will improve the life of the dog, and relationship between dog and owner, make the owner see the value of dogs.

January 31st, 2008, 08:47 AM
Basic obedience training would be a good start for some :) .

If possible, how about some booths for other local rescues or shelters too? I love it when organizations can get together and learn from each other.

January 31st, 2008, 09:13 AM
Don't forget to add skijoring along with the sledding. ;)

How about canine nutrition and commercial food alternatives?

I'm a big advocate for the Canine Good Citizen certification also.

In Canada, it goes by a different name, Canine Good Neighbor

There's also a new social movement to regard humans as animal guardians rather than owners. That way pets are recognized as beings and not property.

I'm really into planning events like what you're doing. I think it's super! Please keep us all updated on your progress and how you are setting it all up with logistics, etc.