Learn to “speak dog” by understanding canine calming signals




Calming signals – is this a term you’ve heard of before? A relatively common phrase in the dog and animal welfare world, calming signals are a means of communication used by dogs. They even use these signals to attempt to calm us. Unfortunately, humans can easily misunderstand what dogs are trying to tell us.

Once you begin to observe these signals, you will never looks at your dog the same way! (more…)

Why does fido bark?



We’ve all been here before: your dog won’t. Stop. Barking. He’s barking at your neighbor out the window, he’s barking for dinner, he’s barking at the cat. You think he actually may have just barked at his own fart. You’re about to lose your mind if Fido doesn’t stop barking.

But don’t worry, we’re got some tips to help you figure out why Fido is barking and some solutions to help curb it.

First up is figuring out how long Fido barks and what the cause it. Some clever detective work may be needed to get this info, especially if the barking occurs when you’re not home.  (more…)

Suit up: it’s time for a party!

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Hi everyone!

It’s me, Duke!

Whew! Who knew being a Spokesdog was so much work! The interview schedule alone is enough to up the nap schedule! Speaking of interviews, somebody asked me the other day what I credit my newfound fame and success to. Naturally, they assumed that my good looks and charming personality were my key to success. While being ridiculously good-looking certainly has perks, I can’t say I did it all on my own. I found a happily ever after with a little help from my friends at Calgary Humane Society. Now I’m looking to take advantage of how good I look in a bowtie by giving back and creating more happy stories as the official Cocktails for Critters Spokesdog! (more…)

Public’s help needed in identifying dog found in dumpster

Warning: Contains Graphic Images

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release
On September 19, a black and white male pit bull type dog was found deceased in a garbage dumpster in the northeast community of Sunridge. The dog had no identification and the preliminary investigation indicates his death is suspicious in nature. Calgary Humane Society is working in partnership with the Calgary Police Service in an attempt to locate the owner and determine the cause of death of this animal. We are asking the public for their assistance. If you know this dog or who he belongs to, please call Calgary Police at: 403-266-1234 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org, or text: tttTIPS to 274637


All About Amputations

all about amputations



Hello CHS Supporters!

We hope you have all enjoyed learning a little more about Xena the pitbull puppy! We’ve had a few questions come in about limb amputations and how we decide what care to provide at Calgary Humane Society, so today we are hosting a bit of a Q&A!  (more…)

Bunny Behaviour Explained!

bunny behaviour explained


Binky? Chinning? Stomping? Are you nodding your head in understanding or shaking your head in confusion? Don’t feel bad if you’re confused, rabbits have a unique set of behaviours they use to let us know what they’re thinking.  The good, the bad and the hilarious, bunny behaviour is unique, so let’s get down to bun-ness (That’s ‘business’ in bunny talk)   (more…)

Exotic Explorations: Hamsters

Exotic Explorations Hamster

Welcome back, CHS Supporters! Welcome once again to another exciting entry for exotics month here on the blog!

We hope you have been enjoying our exotic explorations so far and today we are bringing you a look at one of the most popular exotic pets out there… the noble hamster!

They’re tiny, they’re cute and you can call them hammy hams. What’s not to love? The hamster has established itself as a major player in the domestic pet population.

How have these endearing little rodents rocketed themselves to becoming a recognizable fixture in the world of household pets? Could a hamster be a good pet for you? Read on to find out more! (more…)

Can Pets Sweat?

do pets sweat
Good morning Calgary Humane Society supporters!

We hope you had a great summer full of sun, heat and all the other great things that summer brings!

Today we bring you an interesting question that we hear from time to time at Calgary Humane Society: Can our pets sweat? If not, how do they beat the heat?


Exotic Explorations: Corn Snake Edition

corn snake edition

Hello once again, CHS Supporters!

We hope you are enjoying our extension on exotics month at Calgary Humane Society! All September long we have reduced adoption fees on some of the more… unusual animals that call Calgary Humane Society home.

Today we bring you another exotic exploration of an often misunderstood species… the humble corn snake!

Ahh the corn snake. What’s not to love about this small, sleek and brightly coloured little snake? Well, unfortunately for the corn snake the number one thing that keeps adopters away is a general stigma towards snakes and snake ownership. As an exotic animal, snakes do require some special husbandry but much of the stigma faced by snakes is a result of myths. In reality, a corn snake can be a great pet for the right family. So let’s spend some time busting myths and looking at the reality of corn snakes as pets! (more…)