“Should I be nervous about boarding my dog?”

Let’s face it. As a dog owner, it’s inevitable that at some point you will need to take your pooch to a boarding kennel.  The thought of your pooch spending all day with other dogs and possibly catching a bug is enough to create concerns. I’d also be nervous about boarding my dog if I thought about it that way. Boarding kennels can be compared to kids’ daycares. It’s like a daycare for your dog where it gets to spend the days that you can’t be at home with it. Depending on the dog’s personality, some dogs enjoy going to boarding kennels, especially the social ones. Others, especially the antisocial ones, don’t like it. Sort of how some kids love daycare while others start crying the moment they get to the gate. So, what are the situations that would lead you to take your dog to a boarding kennel?

When you’re traveling

Traveling is sometimes a complicated affair for most dog owners especially when they can’t take their dog with them. If you are traveling for a short while, you have the option of placing your dog in a boarding kennel. There’s also the option of having a friend come, and dog sit your pooch which would be the best option. Your friend might, however, have plans of their own and dropping off your dog at their place would inconvenience them. Hiring a professional dog sitter, on the other hand, might turn out to be too expensive because they charge by the hour. This leaves you with boarding as your only option.

When remodeling

Having your dog around when some work is being in your house is not a good idea. Dogs get easily upset when their schedules get disrupted. Some dogs get stressed when they keep seeing new faces and hearing loud, unfamiliar noises. Of course, when you’re remodeling there is going to be banging noises and many faces going in and out of the house. So what do you do to shield your dog from all that commotion? You take them to a boarding kennel. Another option is having your dog stay at a friend’s house, but you wouldn’t want to burden your friend with taking care of your pooch till you finish remodeling.

Kennels & separation anxiety

It’s essential to note that boarding a dog with separation anxiety doesn’t work on all dogs. There’s something about kennels and separation anxiety. The kennel will either alleviate your dog’s separation anxiety or magnify it. It all depends on your dog’s personality, and it gets treated in the boarding facility. To understand this fully, we need to first look at what causes separation anxiety in dogs. Dogs have different triggers for separation anxiety, but a significant schedule change plays a massive role in it. Losing a family member might also cause separation anxiety especially if it was someone who had a close relationship with the dog. Constant close companionship may also cause the dog to develop separation anxiety when the dog owner leaves the house.

How do boarding kennels help with separation anxiety? Most dogs that develop separation anxiety do so because they feel alone or lonely to some degree. It only makes sense then that you find a dog with separation anxiety some companionship. If your dog is the sociable type then taking it to a kennel would help with the separation anxiety. If your dog is not too social then throwing it in a kennel with other strange dogs would only make matters worse. If your dog is antisocial, you will have to condition it, so that it associates separation with a positive outcome such as getting a treat.

Why should you reconsider boarding your dog?

 So far we have only discussed the applicability of boarding kennels in your dog’s life. Now let’s look at the risks that come with boarding your dog.

Contagious diseases – How does a dog get kennel cough?

Boarding your dog involves having it spend the entire time with other dogs whose health history you’re unaware of. With all the highly infectious diseases floating around, you’re justified to worry. One of the most contagious dog diseases is kennel cough. It got its name because it tends to spread rapidly through a kennel or in a place where there are several dogs. How does a dog catch kennel cough, you’re wondering? Kennel cough spreads through the aerosols released by a dog when it coughs. Contaminated items such as food bowls and direct contact are other ways that a dog can get infected.

How do you know if your dog has kennel cough? The primary symptom of kennel cough is a strong and deep honking cough. The cough sounds like your dog is trying to clear its throat. Other symptoms include sneezing, fever, and a runny nose. An infected dog might also develop a low appetite and become lethargic. The best bet to prevent your dog from being infected is to have it vaccinated. If your dog does get infected, you should take it to the vet the moment you notice the symptoms. Treatment varies with the severity of the symptoms but it is mandatory to keep the infected dog quarantined from other dogs to prevent the disease from spreading. Besides kennel cough, your dog can pick other contagious diseases such as rabies, canine parvovirus, canine influenza, canine distemper, and others. Although most of the communicable canine diseases are preventable, they can be fatal to your dog if it gets infected. With such diseases out there, taking your dog to a boarding kennel seems like quite a huge gamble.

Kennel syndrome

Kennel syndrome, also known as “kennelosis,” is the behavior that a dog assumes when it’s in survival mode. It comes about when a dog spends most hours in the kennel. Yes, prolonged kenneling can drive your dog crazy. Kennel syndrome manifests in either extreme aggression or extreme submission. Dogs are highly adaptable animals which has enabled them to survive for thousands of years. A kenneled dog may become aggressive to establish dominance or submissive to try and survive. Boarding facilities differ in how they handle dogs and herein comes the problem. If your pooch is in a boarding facility that kennels them for long, then it stands a chance of developing kennel syndrome.

How do you know if your dog has kennel syndrome? The first telltale sign is a drastic behavioral change. If your dog was a quiet dog and is now suddenly aggressive after boarding, then it probably has kennel syndrome. Other symptoms include jumping and spinning around in the kennel. Some dogs may chew incessantly on the kennel cage or themselves resulting in self-mutilation. Others develop depression-like symptoms like lack of appetite and lethargy. Whenever a dog with kennel syndrome is left alone in the house, they may engage in destructive behavior like scratching and chewing on the furniture. If you have to take your pooch boarding facility, make sure that the facility exercises the dogs and doesn’t cage them for long. If your dog has kennel syndrome, you might need to see a vet and a dog trainer to offer your dog some behavioral training.

Dog Traumatized after boarding

Boarding facilities differ a lot in schedules and dog handling. Taking your dog to a boarding kennel might result in unforeseen behavioral changes depending on how they interact with other dogs and how the kennel staff treats it. However, what exactly makes a dog traumatized after boarding? When you take your dog to a boarding kennel, you’re introducing it to a new environment and new people. Building trust with these people is dependent on how they treat the dog. If your dog is in a boarding kennel that confines dogs to enclosures for long, then the dog might be exposed to immense stress. Mostly, the stress is a result of the dog being kenneled with other strange dogs and the noise from all the dogs’ barking.

Some tell-tale signs can indicate whether your dog is getting traumatized by the boarding kennel. The most common telltale sign is a drastic change in its behavior and personality. If your dog suddenly loses interest in its toys and feeding, then it’s a sign that it might be traumatized or at least stressed. Other symptoms include aggression, pacing, and lethargy. If you notice that your dog has trauma, it’s imperative that you take swift action and take it to the vet. After the assessment, the vet might decide to prescribe some medication or diet regiment. You can ease the dog’s trauma by offering plenty of opportunities to play and keeping it on a routine.

In conclusion

Boarding kennels are not equal. Some kennels may do your dog right by offering it the opportunity to interact with other dogs and make some friends. Other kennels might leave your dog worse than it was when you took it there. Boarding a dog has some serious downsides and should always be the last resort. Getting a pet sitter or letting your dog stay with a friend would be far much better to the dog and you.

 

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A List Of Kelowna’s Best Dog Friendly Activities & Adventures

Kelowna is known as a haven for dogs and for good reason. With an abundance of off-leash dog parks, combined with a ton of trails and hikes that your dog will enjoy. With so many options, how is an owner to decide what adventure to take with your pet next? We’ve got you covered with this comprehensive list of dog friendly activities and adventures. In addition to our own personal experiences, we consulted local reviewers, Tourism Kelowna, local guides and more to determine the top activities that your dog is sure to love!

TRAILS AND HIKES

Have you ever asked yourself, “where can I go hiking with my dog?” Well this list was created for you!

Angel Springs

A gem amongst Kelowna hikers, your dog will love it. The hike is considered mild and takes pups through a variety of forestry and a running creek. Local groups do a good job of maintaining the trail (even in the winter) to ensure a clean path for you and your pet. 

Dog owners will appreciate the interpretive signs with facts about the local ecology and geology.

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Bear Creek

The hike has three well-marked loops that all begin at the common trail head. The routes range from a 15-minute loop trail to the 1.4 km Mid Canyon Trail and the longest is the Canyon Rim Trail at 2.5 km (Tourism Kelowna).

You and your pup will witness a great view. You get to see everything, from the highest peaks to down by the creek. Just try not to lose your footing while jumping from rock to rock. The water quickly gains speed. Oh, and bring water. You WILL get thirsty. Reviewers suggest going first left into the forest to begin for beginners, because it gets the steep incline out of the way before fatigue starts to set in.

Crawford Falls/Canyon Falls Park

A difficult trail, you’ll want to make sure your dog is up to the challenge before undertaking this hike. For those strong hikers and their pups, result is well worth the trek! Your pup is sure to love the waterfalls. Be sure to keep an eye out for steep inclines and pack lots of water.

Tourism Kelowna provides the following directions

Look for the trail head and a small pathway that leads to Crawford Falls. To get to the lower falls takes about 20 minutes but is quite difficult. Once there, you will see 20 foot falls. If you continue about 10 more minutes you will see the larger falls (40 feet).

Crawford Falls is located on Bellevue Creek. It can be reached by the following: Gordon Drive to Dehart Road; Dehart Road to Crawford Road; Crawford road to Westridge Drive. Turn on to Canyon Ridge Crescent and finally to Canyon Falls Court, which is a dead end. You will see a Kelowna City Parks trail that you can follow to beautiful waterfalls.

Dilworth Mountain

Dilworth mountain can be seen from almost any location in Kelowna and offers some of the best views of the city (Tourism Kelowna).

From various points along the natural trail, you can see central or downtown Kelowna, the Kelowna Golf and Country Club directly below, and of course Okanagan Lake and mountains in the distance. Plus there’s a small playground for the kids. Explore the trails and see if you can spot Kelowna’s official flower the Arrowleaf Balsamroot along the way (Kelowna.ca). Dog owners who have reviewed the hike praise its proximity to the city and its ability to allow them to squeeze in a quick 40 minute workout with great views.

Fintry Provincial Park

Your dog is sure to test its endurance with the seemingly never-ending stairs at Fintry Provincial Park. Shorts Creek Gorge is a maintained trail that leads you through a gorge up about 400 stairs to a beautiful series of waterfalls (Tourism Kelowna).

Note: Pets/domestic animals must always be on a leash and are not allowed in beach areas (except for the designated pet beach) or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears (BC Parks).

Kalamoir Park

Kalamoir Park is known to be a great hike full of ups and downs, along with great views and a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Reviewers rave about: there being a swimming beach as well as a dog beach and a canoe/kayak launch. The facilities are always clean, and the park well maintained. In the spring there are hundreds of flowers blooming along the mountainside making it a must visit!

Knox Mountain

Knox is popular amongst locals due to its flexibility and pet friendly trails. With hikes ranging from easy to difficult and 1-5km in length, there really is a hike no matter the size of your pet.

Apex Trail @ Knox Mountain

Moderate to Difficult; 1 – 5 km

Dogs allowed on leash

Parking is at the bottom of the mountain, at mid point (crown lookout), and at the top. Most trails are accessible from the entrance on Ellis Street. Many of these trails have a steep incline. When you reach the top you will get some amazing views of the City and the valley.

Paul’s Tomb @ Knox Mountain

Easy to Moderate; 3 km (round trip)

Dogs allowed on leash

Paul’s Tomb is a beautiful hike with very little incline and gives you some extraordinary views of the lake. Paul was an Okanagan Pioneer who owned the land at Paul’s Tomb, this is a great area to have a picnic.

 

Take Ellis Street north all the way to the end to reach the park entrance. Parking is at the bottom of the mountain, at mid point (crown lookout), and at the top. Most trails are accessible from the entrance on Ellis Street. Many of these trails have a steep incline. When you reach the top you will get some amazing views of the City and the valley (Tourism Kelowna)

Kuiper’s Peak Mountain Park

In search of a quick hike for your dog that will provide spectacular views of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake? Then Kuiper’s Peak Mountain Park is the right choice for you. In addition to the exercise your dog will likely meet some new deer friends! Be sure to bundle up as it can get quite windy at times.

Mill Creek Regional Park

A beautiful cool and quiet trail system follows Mill Creek into the falls. Hikers and their dogs will enjoy the park on their daily walk and the ability to enjoy a picnic in the shade of the Black Cottonwood trees by the creek. Most of the trail is very flat and easy, parts are a little rougher with roots and rocky sections. Naturalists can enjoy the wildlife found searching for food and water or hiding in the underbrush (Tourism Kelowna).

Reviewers love that this spot is a hidden gem for their dog that provides an awesome waterfall finish. An excellent place to capture dog photos!

Mission Creek Greenway

The Greenway is perfect for cycling, jogging, running and walking. There are two phases of the trail. The first phase is the most used portion of the trail. While the second phase is great, there are portions of it that are not accessible by bike due to stairs, towards the end of the trail (Tourism Kelowna).

Considered a hidden treasure in the city that is a must-visit for dog owners seeking a leisurely stroll.

Mount Boucherie

Mount Boucherie in West Kelowna offers stunning 360-degree views of the Central Okanagan Valley that you can enjoy with your canine friends, and the drive is only about 15 minutes from downtown.

Don’t forget to bring your camera. There are several areas where you can take a break and enjoy the view, including at the halfway point. Bringing water is also a good idea for you and your furry friends, and there is a dog water dish at the summit for the public to use. (Tourism Kelowna).

Myra Canyon Trestles – Kettle Valley Railway

This highly scenic portion of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) runs along a steep-walled canyon. Originally built by hand at the turn of the last century, this impressive landmark is highlighted by 2 tunnels and 18 trestle bridges that are too spectacular for words. You can hike it, or bike it (Tourism Kelowna).

Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park

The Crawford Trails area of Myra-Bellevue Park has over 100 km of trails and is a popular destination for hikers, runners, horse riders and mountain bikers (Tourism Kelowna).

Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park

There are several hiking trails and vast wetlands within the park. It is largely untouched by weeds and is pristine habitat for wildlife, including coyotes, as the name suggest, so do use caution (Tourism Kelowna).

Spion Kop Hiking Trails

The trail to the peak of the Spion Kop mountain is a moderate to difficult incline. If you are up for the challenge, follow a pathway through ponderosa pine and bunch grass to spectacular & unique views of the Okanagan Valley (Tourism Kelowna).

Shannon Lake Regional Park

The park is great for a leisurely stroll or an evening walk. The lake is great habitat for waterbirds and turtles that are frequently seen in the park (Tourism Kelowna).

Scenic Canyon Regional Park

Access to Scenic Canyon Regional Park is through Mission Creek Greenway, the fastest way to get to Scenic Canyon would be the Greenway access at Field Road. This park has many great features, including geological formations, cultural sites and rock ovens used by Chinese Labourers (Tourism Kelowna).

Rose Valley Regional Park

Great hiking with excellent locations for naturalist activities such as bird watching. Good viewpoints are at the pond or on the grassland plateau (Tourism Kelowna).

Waterfront Boardwalk

The waterfront area is a beautiful location to go for a short walk and enjoy the scenery of Okanagan Lake. The trail connects to the Rotary Marshes wildlife park where it is not uncommon to see a heron, beavers, or eagles flying over (Tourism Kelowna).

 

 

Dog Friendly Wineries

Ancient Hill Estate Winery

This dog friendly boutique winery is in the beautiful, rural, Ellison area of North Kelowna. Located directly across from the Kelowna Airport, on land originally planted to grapes more than 60 years ago.

They specialize in small lots of tasty wines. The wines are made entirely from grapes grown in our own vineyard and processed on-site in our European style winery.

Old-world charm. Travel along the scenic backroads of farmland and horse ranches to arrive at this new and enchanting European-style winery. Once here, you’ll be welcomed into a nouveau-rustic tasting room where wood is king and the wine noble – made entirely from grapes grown on the estate’s vineyard (Tourism Kelowna).

Arrowleaf Cellars

Arrowleaf Cellars is a boutique winery owned and operated by the Zuppigers, a Swiss-Canadian family. In the late nineties, with two decades of farming experience in both fruit growing and dairy operations, the Zuppigers made a career shift. In 1997 they moved to Suncrest Vineyard with the goal of starting a land-based winery. Winemaker Manuel Zuppiger completed his studies in Switzerland and returned with a keen interest to make quality wines in the fledgling Okanagan wine region.

Picnic Paradise. Nestled on a hillside with vineyards sloping down to the lake, family-owned Arrowleaf Cellars crafts award-winning wines from this grape-laden landscape. After your tasting, enjoy the great view while sharing your picnic lunch with friends or family and a glass of your favourite Arrowleaf wine. Does it get any better (Tourism Kelowna)?

Beaumont Family Estate Winery

This family estate winery has been growing 100% certified organic grapes since 1995. We now have releases of subtle finesse and balanced wines. Ingenuity, innovation, and modern winemaking techniques, along with flavourful grapes, mean a bright future for this new and exciting farm-gate winery. Come and enjoy the views, taste some delicious wines, hear the music and savour the experience of Beaumont (Tourism Kelowna)!

CedarCreek Estate Winery

Nestled amongst lush vineyards and panoramic lake views, CedarCreek Estate Winery is one of Kelowna’s oldest wineries. Purchased in 1986, CedarCreek released its first wines in 1987 and was one of the first eight pioneering wineries of BC. With four generations of agricultural heritage and more than three decades of experience, we have pursued perfection and produced some of the Okanagan valley’s best wines resulting in CedarCreek being twice recognized as “Canada’s Winery of the Year”. Today, we look proudly towards the future to further promote our region.

Gray Monk Estate Winery

Perched above Okanagan Lake with stunning panoramic views of mountains, vineyards and the lake, Gray Monk Estate Winery offers guests a true taste, or sip, of the Okanagan lifestyle. With a bustling wine boutique, a full service banquet facility and a world-class restaurant, the winery is equipped to host guests for all occasions (Tourism Kelowna).

House of Rose Winery

Feels just like home – Enjoy a true farm gate wine tasting experience in the rustic charm of an authentic grape picker’s cabin. Feel free to wander the beautiful orchards and vineyards or relax at the picnic area while sharing wine and cheese. Children are welcome as well – they’ll feel right at home (Tourism Kelowna).

Intrigue Wines

Some people like to know where the wine comes from. Others like to know who made it or how it will change with time. The foodies want to know what flavours they will find in their glass and how it will pair with a certain dish.

We’re all intrigued about wine. It’s constantly changing and evolving. That is part of the excitement and allure of winemaking (Tourism Kelowna).

You’ll love the wine and your dog will enjoy the pet friendly atmosphere!

Kalala Organic Estate Winery

Small winery – big awards. The Okanagan’s newest organic winery exhibits great taste. Hand-picked grapes and handcrafted wines have taken Kalala very quickly into the international winner’s circle. Their first-ever vintage of Chardonnay icewine was awarded gold at the prestigious 2010 Chardonnay du Monde competition in France (Tourism Kelowna).

Quails’ Gate Winery

Spoil your senses. Make sure to visit one of Canada’s culinary gems – Quails’ Gate Winery and Old Vines Restaurant. It is the meeting place for fresh, local ingredients, paired with the fruit-forward wines of Quails’ Gate. Enjoy the spectacular vineyard views while savouring flavours of the Okanagan (Tourism Kelowna).

Rollingdale Winery

Rollingdale Winery is a small farm gate winery located in Lakeview Heights, in West Kelowna. 100% family owned and operated. The focus is on producing fine wines using only premium grapes made from the most conscientiously cultivated vines they can find.

The wine shop is open every day. The picnic area is now open where you can bring a lunch and enjoy wine by the glass. Bookings are recommended for larger groups.

SpearHead Winery

SpierHead Winery and Vineyard is situated along Spiers Road on the benchlands of south east Kelowna, one of the newest wine regions in the Okanagan Valley and part of the East Kelowna Fab Five Wine Trail (Tourism Kelowna).

St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery

Stroll through the vineyard. Try identifying varieties as you wander the lakeview vineyard. Originally planted in 1928, sections of the vineyard, along with the winery, burned to the ground in a 2003 wildfire. But dedicated owners Andy and Leo replanted and rebuilt. Come enjoy the winery’s relaxed hospitality and terroir-influenced wines (Tourism Kelowna).

Tantalus Vineyards

Spectacular lake views, an historic old vineyard and our new state-of-the-art LEED Certified winery make visiting Tantalus a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy premium quality, single-vineyard wines in a stunning gallery-style tasting room, surrounded by works of art from some of Canada’s most highly acclaimed artists (Tourism Kelowna).

the hatch

‘the hatch’ is a tasting emporium, an emporium the likes not seen before here in The Okanagan. But on a meta-level, ‘the hatch’ is the culmination of dreams had by a group of eccentric grapeophiles who have lived and learned the way of the vine for countless years.

That answers the ‘what’, but also asked is the ‘why’. Why ‘the hatch’? Because the time is long overdue for something like this to enter your life, and more-so; to make your life that much better. Now it’s time to shut-up and go drink some wine (Tourism Kelowna).

The View Winery

Set in a vintage 1922 apple packing house, The View Winery offers an authentic Okanagan experience. Featuring aromatic fresh, crisp whites, fruit-forward, spicy reds and handcrafted apple ciders. Nestled amid rolling orchards and vines, minutes from downtown Kelowna. Look for the Red Shoe (Tourism Kelowna)!

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

60 million years to perfect. The beauty of being situated at the foot of a once active volcano lies in the dirt – pure gold for growing grapes. This new winery is already winning medals for wines that are erupting with flavour! When visiting the spacious wine shop, sign the List of Events so you don’t miss their new releases, promotions and events (Tourism Kelowna).

Dog Friendly Places To Eat In Kelowna

Looking to grab a quick bite to eat in downtown Kelowna but don’t want to leave your furry best friend at home? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of well-known food options that allow dogs. Some of our favourites include:

Parks by area in Kelowna

OFF-LEASH PARKS:  

Before we deep dive into the off-leash dog parks available to pups and their owners it is crucial that all owners understand the rules and responsibilities outlined by the City of Kelowna.

Rules and responsibilities

  • Owners/handlers must pick-up after their dog(s). If they poop, you must scoop!
  • Leashes must not be longer than two m (six ft.).
  • Handlers must have possession of the dog leash at all times.
  • Maximum of two dogs per handler.
  • Handlers are responsible for any injuries caused by the dog(s) under their control.
  • Handlers must ensure their dogs don’t bother other park users.
  • Dogs on leash must stay at least 10 m. (30 ft.) away from playgrounds.

Off-leash dog park specific:

  • Owners/handlers must pick-up after their dogs. If they poop, you must scoop!
  • Users of the facility do so at their own risk. The City shall not be liable for any injury or damage caused by any dog in the off-leash area.
  • The off-leash dog area is for dogs, their handlers and those accompanying them. No other use is allowed.
  • Dogs must be under control of their handler and in view of their handler at all times.
  • Dogs must be removed from the off-leash dog area at the first sign of aggression.
  • All dogs must be legally licensed and shall wear a visible dog license.
  • All dogs should be currently vaccinated.
  • No animals other than dogs shall be permitted in the area.
  • No dogs under four months of age.
  • No female dogs in heat.
  • Handlers must be 15 years of age or older.
  • Children age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the off-leash dog area.
  • Dogs must be on a leash when entering and exiting the off-leash dog area.

– Cedar Creek Park @ 5200 Lakeshore Rd 

Located on Lakeshore Road, near one of Kelowna’s long and narrow pebble beaches this dog friendly area provides owners with a nice walk on the trail along the lake. Well maintained, dogs will love playing fetch and going for a swim!

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– Duggan Park @ 1494 Bernard Ave  

Centrally located on Bernard Avenue, this on-leash and off-leash park provides downtown residents a wide-open space for your furry best friend to get its exercise in for the day. With a playground also on location it’s a great option for those with young children.

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– Ellison Dog Park @ 4720 Old Vernon Rd  

A huge area (7.02 ha) located just off of the 97 highway near the airport, Ellison Dog Park includes trails that your dog will love! Great for dog owners that don’t quite have the time to undertake a full hike. There are lots of little trails and a separate play area. The park is typically quiet making for a nice evening stroll.

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– Enterprise Park @ 2500 Enterprise Way  

Located between the BMW dealership and Shaw Cable around Enterprise, Leckie and Hunter court. A small (0.45 ha) enclosure with a place for your dog to swim and get a drink on that hot summer day. The terrain is completely flat. Mill creek is nearby and there are some trails and bridges in the area to do some exploring (on-leash only). Local reviewers have mentioned that there is potential for your dog to get bad burrs if they stray near the creek.

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– Knox Mountain Park @ 450 Knox Mountain Dr  

(Likely) Kelowna’s most well-known trail. It provides dogs and their owners with great flexibility due to its numerous trails ranging in difficulty. Along the way you’ll find lots of grassy areas with tall trees to cool off in the shade and tons of opportunities for photographs. For those owners only interested in spectacular city views can drive with their dog all the way to the top.

For more information on Knox Mountain Park, visit their official website.

Get directions by clicking HERE

– Mission Recreation Park @ 4105 Gordon Dr  

A long trail that connects to others, a great sport for your dog to meet other animals including ducks, otters, horses and eagles. If you walk by during the summer, your dog might just be able to snag a homerun ball that clears the fence at the nearby softball diamonds.

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– North Glenmore Dog Park @ 2150 Glenmore Rd N  

This dog park comes pawsitively reviewed by its frequenters. It is beloved for its open, spacious landscape and water fountain great for combating the hot summers in the Okanagan.

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OTHER OFF-LEASH DOG PARKS: 

Black Mountain: 
 
– Bella Vista Park @ 2342 Loseth Rd 
– Birkdale Park @ 363 Prestwick St 
– Gallagher Community Park @ 1755 Gallagher Rd 
– Gopher Creek Linear Park @ 1723 Lynrick Rd 
– Lund Park @ 1250 Lund Rd  
– Stockley Open Space @ 1035 Stockley St  
 
Downtown: 
 
– Anchor Park @ 1691 Ellis St 
– Cameron Park @ 2345 Richter St 

A favorite park amongst locals. Clean, open space make it a go-to place for those with dogs and children. The trees make for useful shade on those hot summer days.

– City Hall @ 1435 Water St 
– City Park @ 1600 Abbott St  

Highly reviewed and popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Your dog will run into a ton of friends here along your lakefront walk. The pathway is well-maintained, accessible by bike and a large lawn if you wish to sit down and have a peaceful picnic. Let your pup cool off with a swim in the lake on those hot summer days.

– Davie Park @ 300 Davie Rd  
A beautiful park adorned with trees, annual and perennial flowers. On hot summer days you can find a perfect combination of areas for sun exposure and shade under the deciduous and evergreen trees. Want to bring the kids? There is a playground for children and benches for you to sit back, observe, and relax.
– Duggan Park @ 1494 Bernard Ave 

With a great dog park section for little dogs, this is a popular spot for those living downtown. The community playground provides plenty of opportunity for your doggo to be interested to tons of young children.

– Enterprise Way Park @ 2500 Enterprise Way 
– Kerry Park @ 1480 Mill St 
– Knowles Park @ 865 Bernard Ave 
– Knox Mountain Park @ 540 Broadway Ave 
– Leckie Place @ 2135 Leckie Pl (Brents Mill Site) 
– Millbridge Park @ 1999 Bowes St 
– Pacific Court Park @ 1955 Pacific Crt 
– Parkinson Recreation Park @ 1800 Parkinson Way 
– Stuart Park @ 1420 Water St 
– Sunset Drive Park @ 1055 Sunset Dr 
– Sutherland Park @ 700 Ellis St 
– Waterfront Park @ 1200 Water St 
 
Glenmore, Dilworth and Clifton Areas: 
 
– Begbie Park @ 1410 Union Rd 
– Blair Pond Park @ 333 Clifton Rd S 
– Brants Creek Linear Park @ Glenmore Valley 
– Calmels Park @1059 Calmels Cres 
– Cross Glen Park @ 207 Biggar Rd 
– Eagle View Trail @ 2105 Glenmore Rd 
– Dilworth Mountain Park and Trails @ 2100 Chilcotin Ct 
– Hidden Lake Park @ 1188 Long Ridge Dr 
– Jack Robertson Park @ 1655 Willow Cres 
– Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery @ 1991 Bernard Ave 
– Matera Glen Park @ 250 Glen Park Dr 
– Mill Creek Linear Park @ Various Access Points 
– Millard Glen Park @ 1840 Millard Court W 
– Newport Glen Park @ 130 Applebrooke Cres 
– North Glenmore Park @ 2150 Glenmore Rd N 
– Redlich Park @ 1646 Gillard Dr 
– Selkirk Park @ 2500 Selkirk Dr 
– Still Pond Park @ 550 Still Pond Pl 
– Sutton Glen Park @ 464 Sutton Cres 
– Terrace Hill Park @ 180 Terrace Hill Pl 
– Valley Glen Wetland @ 530 Valley Rd 
– Whitman Glen Park @ 308 Whitman Rd 
– Wyndham Park @ 131 Wyndham Crt 
 
North Mission and Crawford Area: 
 
– Bellevue Creek Greenway @ 4918 Silver Stag Crt 
– Belmont Park @ 4444 Belmont Rd 
– Canyon Falls Park @ 1856 Canyon Falls Crt 
– Crawford Multi-Use Court @ 4770 Stewart Rd W 
– Dehart Park @ 687 Dehart Rd 
– Mission Recreation Park @ 3975 Gordon Dr 
– Mission Ridge Park @ End of Bullock Rd 
– Ponds Community Park @ 1213 Frost Rd 
– Surtees Property @ 4629 Lakeshore Rd 
– Thomson Creek Linear Park @ 4105 Gordon Dr 
– Wilson Creek Linear Creek @ 4186 Lakeshore Rd 
 
Rutland: 
 
– Ben Lee Park @ 900 Houghton Rd 
– Chichester Wetland Park @ 250 Sumac Rd W 
– Gerstmar Park @ 955 Gerstmar Rd 
– Harris Park @ 280 Sumac Rd W 
– Mission Creek Regional Park @ 2345 Springfield Rd 
– Moraine Park @ 700 Moraine Crt 
– Mugford Park @ 425 Stetson St 
– Roxby Centennial Park @ 250 Hwy 33 W 
– Rutland Bluff Linear Park @ 180 Froelich Rd 
– Rutland Centennial Park @ 180 Rutland Rd 
– Rutland Lions Park @ 205 Gray Rd 
– Rutland Recreation Park @ 425 Hartman Rd 
 
South Pandosy and KLO Area: 
 
– Fascieux Creek Park @ Richter St and Casorso Rd 
– Mission Creek Greenway @ Lakeshore/Truswell to Ziprick Rd 
– Wastewater Treatment Plant @ 951 Raymer Ave 
 
South East Kelowna: 
 
– Fairhall Park @ 2448 Fairhall Rd 
– Havard Rd Linear Park @ 4538 Gaspardone Rd 
– KLO Creek Regional Park @3730 Field Rd 
– Priest Creek Linear Park @ 315 Balldock Rd 
– Scenic Canyon Regional Park @ 3801 Field Rd 
– South Kelowna Centennial Park @ 4194 Spiers Rd 
– Summerside Park @ 3858 Summerside Dr 
– Tulameen Park @ 347 Quilchena Dr 
 
South West Mission Area: 
 
– Cascia Linear Park @ 430 Cascia Dr 
– Jewel Park @ 327 Providence Ave 
– Main Street Park (Kettle Valley) @ 411 Providence Ave 
– McCarren Park @ 347 McCarren Ave 
– Mountainside Park @ 5437 Chute Lake Rd 
– Powerline Linear Park @ 5056 Windsong Cres 
– Providence Park @ 352 McCarren Ave 
– Quarry Park @ 640 Southridge Dr 
– Quilchena Park @ 347 Quilchena Dr 
– Southwest Mission Powerline Park @ All Sections 
– Southridge Open Space @ 5210 Southridge Dr 
– Southridge Park @ 5045 Southridge Dr 
– Winslow Park @ 5386 Winslow St 
 
Quail and North End Areas: 
 
– Carney Park @ 1890 Capistrano Dr 
– Ellison Centennial Park @ 4720 Old Vernon Rd 
– Quail Ridge Linear Park @ 2985 Quail Cres

Conclusion:

And there you have it! Over 5000 words later we’ve finally reached the end of the extensive list of dog friendly activities in Kelowna.

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9 Dog Walking Skills To Look For When Choosing A Dog Walker

For those pet parents that just may not have the time or would prefer to find someone else to walk their dog for them, choosing a dog walker can be a strenuous effort. The following 9 dog walking skills should help ensure you have selected the best person for the responsibility of looking after your furry best friend(s). They are:

  1. Stamina
  2. Punctuality
  3. Organizational
  4. Flexible
  5. Calm
  6. Honest
  7. Experienced
  8. Great Customer Service
  9. Relationship With Your Dog

Stamina

This may sound obvious – but we are going to stress it anyway. If you have enlisted a dog walker that is not going to be able to keep up with the energy of your dog, you are letting your pet down.

Advantages of a dog walker with stamina:

Willing to go the extra mile to make sure your dog receives the exercise it requires.

How to ensure your dog walker has stamina:

A consultation whereby the potential dog walker meets with you and your dog is the ideal time to ask any questions. Let your expectations be known before hiring. If you expect your dog to receive a long 30-minute hike, ask the potential dog walker if this is something they can commit to.

Punctuality

Ensuring your dog maintains a consistent schedule is great way to ensure their happiness from day to day. To do this, it is imperative that your potential dog walker understand the needs of your dog including the times they are to get some exercise at.

Advantages of punctual dog walkers:

The dog owner can ensure that their furry best friend maintains a regular routine.

How to ensure your dog walker is punctual:

Reviews are your best friend here. If possible, rely on those dog walkers that have been referred to you by people that you trust.

Organizational

Organizing is all about keeping things in proper order for the comfort of the pet and its owner. If the goal is for your dog to shed a few pounds it, an organizational dog walker should understand this and the necessary steps to take in achieving this goal. If a dog owner is hoping to reduce the mess it comes home to, an organizational dog walker would understand the purpose of their exercise or pet sitting service, should be to keep the dog occupied and entertained to the point that it no longer needs to rely on couch cushions or electrical wires as its source of enjoyment. Organization allows you to get the most out of your investment, giving you as the pet owner a sense of control and increased productivity.

Advantages of organizational dog walkers

Organizational people are more efficient, have better management skills, are more trustworthy, reduce the amount of stress you encounter and enable you to track progress easily.

How to ensure your dog walker is organizational

Most reputable dog walkers offer free consultations to meet your pet before agreeing to paid services. This is the time to ask these questions and get a better feel for their personality and skill set.

Flexible

Look, the last scenario you want as a dog owner is to run in to an emergency and not have someone to care for your furry best friend while you are away. A dog walker with a flexible schedule and adaptability is extremely useful when deciding which dog walking services provider to choose.

Advantages of flexible dog walkers

Dog walkers that are flexible reduce the stress you face as a dog owner as you know you can always count on them when you are in a pinch. This ensures your dog always has someone caring for them.

How to ensure your dog walker is flexible

Simply request their schedule when meeting them. Obviously, to ‘test’ their flexibility and adaptability it will require real life scenarios to occur and see how they react.

Calm

Some dogs are highly unpredictable. A calm dog owner realizes this and can examine the situation in is entirety to craft a successful solution. On the other hand, a less experienced, impatient dog walker may choose to react to a situation without fully understanding the entire situation. Rather than immediately disciplining a dog for barking, there might be underlying causes for its actions.

Advantages of calm dog walkers

A sense of calm for dog owners! Knowing that your dog is in good hands while you are away is a great feeling.

How to ensure your dog walker is calm

Reviews are useful here as well as asking qualifying questions during the consultation process with your dog.

Honest

Have you ever in your life preferred dishonest people when it comes to your own friends? No? Then why would you allow your dog to be left under the direct supervision of someone that you can’t trust is telling you the truth? News flash – you shouldn’t!

Advantages of honest dog walkers

You can trust them and what they are telling you. If your dog requires a certain level of exercise, say a 15-minute jog, rather than a walk at a snail’s pace, you are going to want to be assured this is happening. Not only for the sake of your dog’s health, but to ensure you are getting your money’s worth.

How to ensure your dog walker is honest

Test them! Unfortunately, unless you rely solely on word-of-mouth, there is going to be a bit of trial and error to determine whether your (potential) dog walker is honest.

Experienced

We all understand the idea of hiring your best friend’s teenaged daughter because they could use the extra ten bucks. However, is that really who you want to entrust the safety of your dog to? With such a huge number of dog walkers available for hire, why not seek out those who are experienced and positively reviewed. Doing so will be worth the extra dough!

Advantages of experienced dog walkers

They can show you their portfolio of happy pets. They can provide you with reference information. They know the best routes and how to deal with all kinds of dog temperaments and attitudes.

How to ensure your dog walker is experienced

It should be relatively apparent once your dog walker meets your pet. No two dogs are the same and an experienced dog walker will likely take little time to get to know your dog and build a relationship.

Great Customer Service

Every dog walker is essentially a business owner. As such, they should act in a professional manner when meeting you and your pet. Additionally, the service booking experience should be more than adequate right through the completion of services.

Advantages of dog walkers who provide great customer service

It leads to more repeat business. This might sound like it only benefits the dog walker, but that’s not the case. Those businesses that provide great customer service tend to do get more referrals and business overall. By utilizing a dog walker skilled in customer service, you can feel confident that they are providing similar service to other dogs in your area.

How to ensure your dog walker provides great customer service

Reviews once again will be your friend here. Additionally, you will want to make sure you take full advantage of free consultations to gain a full understanding of your dog walker’s personality and customer service traits.

Relationship With Your Dog

This most likely the top skill you should be requiring from your dog walker. Their time should be spent with the dog, playing with them, at times providing subtle teaching moments and paying attention to their reactions. By the end of the consultation process there should be a good understanding of how the dog walker and the dog communicate.

Advantages of a dog walker with a great relationship with your dog

 A seamless transition from you (the dog owner) interacting and keeping your dog company, to the dog walker.

How to ensure your dog has a great relationship with your dog

This is mostly subjective, but in our opinion, if your potential dog walker isn’t on the floor getting to know them on their level, it may be tough to fully build that relationship.

 

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The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

Let’s face it, none of us really like to leave our pets at home when we are going out of town, but situations can arise where taking your pet along is impossible. In these cases, hiring a pet sitter may be your best option. This article will take a look at the benefits of hiring a pet sitter and why this may be the best choice for your furry friend.

The Pet Sitter vs. Boarding Dilemma

Let’s start by taking a look at what our options are when it comes to caring for pets while we are away. For many, these options are limited to hiring a pet sitter or leaving our pet at a boarding facility. Let’s take a look at how a pet sitter might be the better choice in this situation.

Benefits of Choosing A Pet Sitter

 

Reduced Risk of Getting Sick: Pets that are left in a boarding facility are more likely to get sick due to exposure to other dogs who may be infected. Commonly called Bordetella, it is not uncommon for dogs to come back with highly contagious symptoms including fever, lethargy and a cough. It is an upper respiratory infection that requires veterinary treatment and can be treated with antibiotics. Obviously, leaving your pet with a sitter will greatly reduce any risk of illness.

Stress Free Experience: When pets are away from their owners, they can experience separation anxiety. This can be even more likely when pets are put in a boarding facility and is extremely common in rescue pets. Although most facilities promise quality playtime that can relieve anxiety, a pet sitter can provide them with the undivided attention they need to feel less stressed out.

Minimal Changes: The anxiety your pet may feel can be exacerbated by a change in atmosphere and schedule. When it comes to schedule, a facility will feed and care for your pet on their schedule. When you hire a pet sitter, you can leave them with a schedule to let them know when your pet is fed, taken for walks, etc. Keeping them on this schedule will help them to feel calmer.

Increased Communication: Another one of the benefits of hiring a pet sitter is increased communication. A pet sitter will be able to provide you with updates in the form of emails, text messages, etc. All this will contribute to your peace of mind making you feel more relaxed as well.

Pet Sitters Can Multi-Task: Not only will a pet sitter take care of your pet, they can also take care of your house. Having someone around will help to deter theft. And while they’re at it, they may be able to check the mail, water the lawn and perform other small household tasks as needed. Of course, these services may cost extra so be sure to talk with the sitter about fees if you would like additional services included.

Your Pet is in Good Hands: Professional pet sitters are certified by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International. This certification means they have a comprehensive knowledge of pet health and behavior and have received first aid training. Their first aid training helps them to determine the difference between emergency and non-emergency situations and assures they know how to react in either case. The one on one attention they provide your pet also ensures that they will notice unusual behavior and be able to act on it quickly.

Still Not Convinced? Other Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

 

Pet Sitter vs. Travel: Though many pet parents would love taking a pet with them while they are on vacation, this isn’t the ideal situation in every pet-owner relationship. Many pets fear travel. They are not used to their surroundings and experience anxiety. If your pet is one that does not enjoy traveling, leaving them with a pet owner is a better solution.

Pet Sitter vs. Friend or Relative: When you are going on a trip, there is probably at least one person who’s going to want to know, who’s taking care of Fido? He or she might love your pet and jump at the chance of taking care of him or her. However, you have to wonder how responsible this person is when it comes to caring for your dog. Will they remember to care for them, walk them and feed them on schedule? Do they have the experience to care for them when they’re sick? Remember, you get what you pay for, and even if your friend is offering their services for free, it may be better to hire a professional for the benefit of peace of mind.

What to Look for In a Pet Sitter

 

Even though there are many benefits of hiring a pet sitter, not every sitter is created equal. There are certain characteristics you should look for when choosing the best one for your furry companion. These include:

Calmness: A pet may act in unexpected ways that can make sitters impatient or angry. A sitter with a calm demeanor will maintain composure in these situations and not lose their temper making the situation a better experience overall.

Trustworthy: Because a pet sitter is likely to be in your home alone, it is important to hire someone you can trust. Although you can count on gut feelings to some extent, it is a good idea to check other references and run a background check before you make your decision to hire.

Experience: Any pet sitter you hire should have some amount of experience, but it is also important that they have the right kind of experience. This can especially be the case if you own a bigger dog or one that has a medical condition. In these instances, you will want a sitter who has dealt with pets in similar situations.

There are several benefits of hiring a pet sitter. They are knowledgeable, trained experts that can give your pet the type of care and attention they need. If you are going to be traveling, consider hiring a pet sitter in your area to enjoy a stress-free experience that comes with knowing your pet is getting the best care possible.

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The Symptoms Of A Dog Being Homesick

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Symptoms of a Dog Being Homesick

Dogs always seem happy as long as they are around their owners. It looks like you can go anywhere with your dog and he will still feel at home. This, however, isn’t always the case. Dogs, just like humans, get homesick. Our furry friends are creatures of routine and habit. Disrupting their routine might have some adverse results in their behavior. They also tend to get used to the smells, sounds, and visuals around them. They might even get attached to a favorite toy. One of the common triggers for homesickness in dogs is traveling. Spending too much time away from home might cause your dog to start missing home. Leaving your dog at a dog sitter’s house might also bring homesickness to the pooch. So what are the symptoms of a dog being homesick?

my Dog Won’t Eat

Dogs love gobbling down their favorite meals but not when they are homesick. A homesick pooch will in most cases not touch his food until he understands his surroundings or gets some reassurance from a familiar face. The anxiety and depression associated with homesickness in dogs do not allow them to enjoy meals. A homesick dog will just lay there looking very sad and whimpering. Of course, we have other dogs that will gobble their food down even in unfamiliar environments, but they are the minority.

Dog Whining A Lot

Homesick dogs tend to let out heart wrenching whines. Whining is a dog’s way of communicating their mental and physical state to the dog owner. In the case of homesickness, the dog whines while lying in a submissive position with his ears, head, and tail down. No matter how sad the whining is, you need to wait until your dog calms down before you do anything. Responding to your dog immediately he starts whining will train him to whine every time he wants something. You can help the dog calm down by sitting down close to him quietly until he stops whining.

My Dog Won’t play fetch, with toys, outside, etc.

A homesick dog is not very enthusiastic about playing. Even the most playful dog will act out of character and won’t be willing to play when homesickness sets in. In most cases, the dog will lie there whining, or cuddle up to you if you are present. It is just a way of trying to cope with the new surroundings. Sometimes giving the dog his favorite toy may help but it is not guaranteed.

Unwillingness to relieve themselves

A homesick pooch will in most cases be unwilling to relieve himself. Most house trained dogs have a feeding and toilet routine. They have a designated feeding place and a designated place to poop. When the dog is plucked from his usual environment, he gets confused on where he should relieve himself in the new surroundings. The confusion conflicts with his house training and he just decides not to relieve himself. As a dog owner or sitter, you should have a place set apart where the dog can relieve himself. You should also give the dog a treat when he relieves himself in the designated area. This reinforces the good behavior and encourages him to relieve himself.

Can Dogs Get Depressed? The science behind homesickness in dogs

Dogs are by nature pack animals, and that has not changed even after 15,000 years of domestication. Your family is your dog’s pack, and you are the alpha. Just like any pack animal, dogs thrive within their pack and territory. In this case, the pack’s territory is your family home. Dogs love their pack, and they respect their alpha. They also feel most comfortable when they are within the territory. When the dog is separated from the pack or plucked from the pack’s territory, he develops separation anxiety and home sickness. The reason why a dog will feel homesick when you travel is that he is not in a familiar territory even if all his pack members are present.

How to help your dog cope with homesickness

There are two scenarios when your dog can get homesick. When you are away and when you are present but in a different environment maybe when you are traveling. If you are going away, you will need to leave your dog with a dog sitter. If you leave your dog at the sitter’s house, the dog will feel your absence and most likely develop homesickness. Packing a few of your dog’s favorite toys and a blanket that smells of you may help calm things down. If the sitter is dog sitting in your house, the dog may develop separation anxiety when he notices your absence. Your sitter can take the dog out for a walk or play with him to distract him. Leaving him a blanket that smells of you also helps.

Travelling with your dog might sometimes cause him to develop homesickness. If this happens, you will need to distract him from concentrating too much on the new surroundings. You can play a game of fetch or take the dog out for a walk. Alternatively, you can take the dog to a dog park if he is a social dog. Interacting with other animals can ease homesickness. When you get back inside, you will need to stay close to your dog for the first few days. Leaving the dog alone in new surroundings will make homesickness even worse. The good thing is that homesickness does not last very long. With proper care and attention, your dog can get used to the new surroundings in a matter of days.

Conclusion

Most dog owners may panic when their dog starts exhibiting symptoms of homesickness. It is, however, no cause for alarm as homesickness is a manageable condition. A disruption in routine is undoubtedly going to cause some stress on most dogs. How you handle it, however, will determine how soon your dog gets used to the new surroundings. Make sure to get a good dog sitter that your pooch likes whenever you travel. If you are traveling with your dog, make sure to get spacious accommodation so that your dog can have enough room to move around.

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