Tips to help you handle a dog fight!

how to handle a dog fight


Dog fight!

Did that just send a shiver down your spine? They’re two of the most dreaded words for a dog owner. Every dog owner fears them and try their best to avoid them, but sometimes they still happen. Maybe you’ve been approached by an off-leash dog in your neighborhood, or you meet an unfriendly pooch at the dog park. Or maybe even your own two dogs who are normally BFF’s have a little lover’s quarrel.

Dog fights happen and we have some tips to help deal with them. (more…)

Meet Amaya: A Calgary Humane Society Foster Story

Meet Amaya

Amaya is a sweet puppy who needs a little extra care before she finds her forever home. We want to share her journey with you, so follow our weekly blog series as this girl heals and grows in our Foster ProgramPlease note: Amaya is not available for adoption at this time. 


Once people find out I work for Calgary Humane Society, the first question I usually get asked is, “So, do you get to snuggle puppies and kittens all day?” No, this is usually not my job, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t get to do this sometimes. Yes, puppies and kittens are adorable, but animals that need some extra love and care is where I really like to focus my attention.

The Foster program was a no brainer for me. My partner took a little bit more convincing, especially after a few of the singleton kittens I brought home, but I think we have really gotten the hang of having an extra little fur ball in the house. We already have two dogs, a three year old boxer and a 15 year old pit bull/boxer cross, and a cat, but “What is one more animal” I said. Later, those words would come to bite me in the butt. (more…)

Pumpkin for Pooches!




Happy October, Calgary Humane Society Supporters!

With Halloween just around the corner, it seems like a great time to talk about one of the favorite dog delicacies here at the shelter – pumpkin! Yep! You read that right. Pumpkin! In addition to being a festive decoration for your porch, pumpkin can be a great addition to your dog’s diet!  (more…)

Tips for housetraining an adult dog!

Tips for Housetraining


One of the benefits we usually tout about the adoption of an adult or senior dog is the fact they’re housetrained.

“I sure enjoy cleaning up dog pee and poops off my floor,” said No One ever.

During their stay at the shelter though, some housetrained dogs lose their housetraining skills and will do their business in their kennel area. Additionally, scents and odors from other pets in the shelter may cause them to do a little territory marking.

But don’t worry. This is a problem that is easily fixed!  (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…)

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?


Back to School For Fido: Dog Classes!


Is it autumn already? Time for boots, scarves and back to school!

Classes aren’t just for humans: puppies and dogs can also benefit from educational classes. The classes are fun sessions of training and socializing for your dog. The Calgary Humane Society (CHS) offers many different classes whether you want to train your puppy, need help with your reactive dog or want to do agility together, there are classes for everyone. CHS has over 10 different classes and each has either 6, 7, or 8 weekly sessions depending on the class.

Classes are interactive and educational, they not only help with training, but also reinforce the owner/dog bound. Taking the time to educate your dog positively is a short time commitment with long-term results. Some of our popular classes are: (more…)

Pupsicles to beat the heat!

beat the heat

It’s hard to believe we have already reached the end of June, but here we are! Summer is just around the corner and if your house is anything like the shelter, your animals are probably looking for some interesting ways to beat the heat (if you have any photos of your pet staying cool this summer we would love to see them – post them in the comments section of our Facebook page!).

Today on the blog, we’re bringing you a fun project for the whole family – pupsicles!  (more…)

A Message From Rufus!

Rufus Dog Jog

Hi hi hi everyone!

Rufus here, your OFFICIAL Spokesdog for Dog Jog 2015!

I hope you are all having fun getting ready for the BIG DAY. I know I am! My mom and I have been training all week, going for long walks and enjoying the sunshine. I can’t wait to see all of you at the event!  (more…)