The Best Dog-Friendly Events For May 2017

Check out our list of all the dog-friendly events for May 2017 you can attend this month

May is not feeling very springy today as it’s cool and rainy. However, lots of dog-friendly events are starting to spring up! Don’t miss any of these fun dog-friendly events for May 2017. If you have an upcoming event you would like to promote with us, leave a comment below to be included.

May Is:

  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • National Pet Month
  • National Service Dog Eye Examination Month

Important Dates:

May 1-7 Be Kind To Animals Week AND National Pet Week

May 1: National Purebred Dog Day

May 6: KW Pet Expo, Doggy Doga, Dogs 4 Youth 2017, Off Leash Safety Course, Pampered Pooches T.O, Pet Loss Support Group.

May 7th-13th National Pet Week

May 7: Bowling For Boxers, Woofstock High Tea

May 9:Puppy Kindergarten Class

May 14: Mothers Day

May 27: 11th Annual Barks By the Bay

May 26- 28: Purina Walk for Dog Guides

May 27-28: Woofstock

May 29th: Memorial Day in the US


Annual National PureBred Dog Day

May 1, 2017

Celebrate the diversity, heritage and predictability of the purpose bred dog and protect all breeds, their owners, and their ethical breeders.

Use the #purebreddogs #NationalPurebredDogDay to join in the conversation online.

Do your research before getting a puppy or dog as different breeds have different characteristics. Find the right breed for you then consider adopting or do your research on responsible breeders.

Doggy Doga

Saturday May 6, 2017 at 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Purina PawsWay  $5+HST per person

Dogs 4 Youth 2017

May 6, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM

Peach King Centre in Grimsby, Ontario.

Benefiting: The FORT youth centre

Dogs 4 Youth will feature a massive indoor dog-centric marketplace with vendors from a wide variety of companies selling everything a dog could ever want or need, with a few things for you too. Custom dog leashes, collars, specialized doggie treats, a day at the spa, and so much more. No matter your dog’s size or shape, you’re sure to find something they’ll love almost as much as they love you!

All proceeds go to helping the FORT youth centre, an organization that provides free programming for youth ages 11-18 in Grimsby, Smithville, and Caistor. Our friends from Dog Lovers Days will also be providing entertainment.

KW Pet Expo

May 6-7th 2017 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex

400 East Avenue Kitchener, ON  N2H 1Z6

Admission: Available online or at the door.

Benefiting: KW Humane Society

The 2017 K-W Pet Expo will be the largest pet consumer show in the Waterloo Region where you can learn about pet health care by some of the best and brightest within the industry. You will also be given the opportunity to browse the 90+ vendors for pet related products and services or sit and enjoy one of the many events. This will be a day you can have fun with your family, friends and pet!

Off Leash Safety Course

May 6th, 2017 1:00 pm

PawsWay, Toronto

Admission: $10 + HST per person

STAY SAFE, PLAY SAFE! Learn everything you need to know to keep your dog safe in an Off Leash environment – whether at PawsWay or outside. Discover invaluable tips on canine body language and how to ensure safe, responsible and fun environment for you and your dog. This course is mandatory for visitors attending PawsWay’s off leash programs.

Pampered Pooches T.O


Sat May 6, 2017

11:00AM to 6:00PM

80 Lynn Williams, Liberty Village Presentation Center

Benefiting: Pet Owners

This one day event will have you and your pooch indulging in food, fashion, pet health, grooming and more! This one-stop-pooch-shop offers a unique shopping and infotainment market geared for the urban dog lover.

Petloss Support Group 

May 6, 2017

11:30am to 1:00pm

Pawsway, Toronto

Admission: Please RSVP to

If you have experienced the loss of your animal or are anticipating the loss of your animal, know that you are not alone in the grief that you are feeling. The purpose of this group is to create a safe and supportive environment where everyone’s grief matters. Participants will have an opportunity to express their loss and share memories of their companions. The group meets the first Saturday of each month.

Bowling for Boxers

7 May 2017

Sunday, 7 May 2017 12:00 PM

Classic Bowl  3055 Dundas St W., Mississauga, ON L5L 3R8

Lane $120 and Single $20 – Have fun, knock some pins and support boxer rescues in need. Tickets sold Online!

Boxer Rescue Ontario is a nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to placing abandoned, injured or lost boxers in loving homes including Tanum one of the gorgeous stars of our Rescues Rock series.

Woofstock High Tea & Costume Competition

Sunday May 7th, 2017

By Invitation – Doors open at 1pm

Admission: FREE But Donations to the Charity of Choice Encouraged

Dress your dog up in their best outfits for a chance to win the costume contest. Every dog will receive a Woofstock sWAG Bag and dine on the finest biscuits & dog-friendly tea! All dogs will walk the red carpet and the ‘dog walk’ showing off their finest attire!  The winner of the costume competition will win a big prize!

Look forward to coverage of this event on Talent Hounds!!

Puppy Kindergarten Class

May 9th 2017

Every Tuesday evening:
Session 1:6pm- 7pm
& Session 2: 7pm- 8pm

This 4-week course is a fun and interactive way to introduce puppies and owners to basic training. Starting early with fun and rewarding positive motivational training helps teach the behavior we want before bad habits have a chance to form.

Since there is limited space in each class we encourage you to register early. To register please call us at 416-360-7297 ext. 230 and have your credit card information ready.

The final class for these two sessions will take place on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Canine Rehabilitation Event

Wed May 10th 2017 6pm – 7pm

Go beyond the daily walk routine! Find out how other forms of exercise can help your dog to live a long and happy life.

Learn more about Canine Rehabilitation with the Central Toronto District of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association in celebration of Physiotherapy Month!

Please RSVP to by Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Don’t forget to bring your furry friends!

May Toronto Pug Grumble

May 13, 2017

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The “Dog Bowl”, Trinity Bellwoods Park

Admission: FREE

There will be lots of snorting, rolling and grumbling. Pugs, Buggs, Chugs, Frugs, Jugs, Puggles and Muggles are all welcome to come!


May 13th, 2017

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Grand Valley Park, Concession 3, west of Valley Farm Road

Admission: $5 per adult, FREE for seniors over 55 and children under 12

As part of Responsible Pet Ownership Month, the City of Pickering is hosting Petapolooza, Pickering’s Pet Tradeshow. Petapolooza brings together pet enthusiasts within our community and gives them an opportunity to meet industry professionals, rescue groups, and others in the pet industry. Food and drinks will also be available on site.

As in previous years, all proceeds from the tradeshow will go towards the development of a permanent Animal Shelter to enable us to continue to care and  house sick and injured animals for years to come.

  • This event is free to the public however we are asking for a voluntary donation of $2.
  • Dogs are welcome and must be on leash unless you are in the lower level of the leash free area.

11th Annual Barks by the Bay

May 27, 2017 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Centennial Park, Trenton

This annual canine festival is held the last Saturday in May and showcases many unique vendors, breeds & breeders, canine accessories, training aids & techniques, pet hospitals, pet food stores and groomers. Club. Bring the whole pack. Every dog has its day at Barks by the Bay!


May 27-28, 2017 Sat 10:00am to 6:00pm – Sun 10:00 am to 5:00pm

Woodbine Park, Toronto

Admission: online- adults $10,  at the gate- adults $12,
kids under 10 and dogs free

Don’t miss seeing Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and Talent Hounds as will be roaming around filming for web series Backseat Barkers and our Kids Pet Club at Woofstock. Come say hi and take a photo!

Canada’s best-known dog festival! Dogs are of course welcome. Join tens of thousands of other pet lovers for this two-day event of vendors, demonstrations, fashion show and fun.<a href="">

Purina Harbourfront Walk for Dog Guides 

High Park- May 26, 2017

Woofstock- May 28th 2017

Pet Value- May 28th 2017

Admission: Free

Benefiting: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in more than 200 communities across Canada. It raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities.  Join us for the walks, followed by light refreshments, a silent auction and prize draw!

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