The Best Spring Dog-Friendly Events For Families

Here’s our list of dog-friendly events perfect for the whole family. If you have an upcoming event you would like to promote with us leave a comment below to be included.

Kilo the Pug at Cherry Beach having fun in the sun


Important Dates:

Pet Owners Day – April 19
National Lost Dog Awareness Day – April 23
Hairball Awareness Day – April 29, 2016 (Last Friday in April)
World Veterinary Day – April 30, 2016 (Last Saturday in April)
Bulldogs are Beautiful Day – April 24, 2016 (Last Sunday in April)
National Kids and Pets Day – April 26
National Pet Parent’s Day – April 24, 2016 (Last Sunday in April)
Free Feral Cat Spay Day – April 27
International Guide Dog Day – April 27, 2016 (Last Wednesday in April)
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day – April 30


Pet Loss Support Group
April 2, 2016
11:30am to 1:00pm
Admission: Free -RSVP

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.

Puppy Kindergarten
Apr 2, 2016 to Apr 23, 2016
10:00am to 11:00am
PawsWay Toronto
Admission: $149.00+hst

Puppy Kindergarten 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. For puppies 8 weeks to 6 months old.

Off Leash Safety Course

April 7, 2016
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Admission: $10.75 per family

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 a safe, responsible and fun environment for you and your dog. This course is mandatory for visitors attending PawsWay’s off leash programs.

dog*tec Dog Walking Academy

Apr 8, 2016 to Apr 10, 2016
9:00am to 6:00pm
Toronto Centre for Canine Education
Admission: $650.00 USD

An intensive 4-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Graduates come away fully equipped to start a dog walking business—or advance an existing one. Expand your knowledge of canine behavior, learn new pack-management techniques and fight protocols, and go through the A-Z of running and marketing a dog walking business.

Chihuahua Meetup-hosted by TorontoChihuahua on Facebook

April 10, 2016
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission: $12 per family (cash only)

The group meets on a monthly basis and centers around off leash play and other activities for you and your chi.

K9 Manners Level 1

Apr 13, 2016 to May 4, 2016
7:00pm to 8:00pm
PawsWay Toronto
Admission: $200.00+hst

This 4-week course is designed to teach your canine companion basic manners and obedience skills such as heeling with a loose leash, sit, down, stay, come and recall. All skills are taught using positive reinforcement. Recommended for dogs 6 months and over.

April 16, 2016
100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr, Washingtonville, New York 10992
Admission: $125 per person -dogs free
Talent Hounds is very excited to be attending the event. Check out our interview with organizer Carol Bryant photos and highlights on the blog.
If you want your name placed on the wait list, please contact:
The hottest pet-friendly fundraiser of Spring 2016 is about to take flight, and you are invited: Soar with the Wigglebutt Warriors in their crusade to save dogs’ lives.
Canine Good Neighbour Evaluation
April 23, 2016
1:00pm to 4:00pm
PawsWay Toronto
Admission: $25.00+hst per dog

The Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) program identifies and rewards responsible, caring owners and their canine partners. This twelve-step evaluation is fun, rewarding and useful. Successful participants receive a certificate from the Canadian Kennel Club. This event is drop-in, but please note that the final evaluation typically begins approximately 30 minutes before the end of the drop-in period.

Spring Fling & Roo -6th Annual Fundraiser & Pub Night

April 23, 2016
Melanie Pringles- 80 Thickson Rd. S. Whitby, ON
Admission: $10.00, reserve yours at
Benefiting: After The Track

All proceeds go towards helping greyhounds find their forever homes!


Have an event coming up? Comment below to let us know and be included in our dog-friendly events list or add to the site under events. 


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