Should You Bring
Summer in Chicago brings a lot
of outdoor fairs and festivals. These can be great opportunities to
have fun with your canine companions, but there are many things
you should consider
before hopping in the car. Temperatures can get pretty high. If you
to go out with your dog, take into account the area you'll be visiting.
blacktop and concrete can be very painful to bare paws. Take a good
at your dog. If your dog is older, unwell, or very young, s/he would
be more comfortable at home.
to think about. If your dog is nervous around large crowds, cars, loud
or has aggressive tendancies, you probably should leave him/her at
These events can be great socialization opportunities for older
don't expect a pup to be able to stay with you at a full-day or long
Consult with your vet about the right age to start taking your puppy
and about, and make sure s/he is up to date on shots. Puppies and older
yrs) dogs are more sensitive to heat.
is a list
we suggest you bring to festivals/fairs.
Things in bold are important
others are extras or less essential.
- A bottle of cold water
and a bowl
- Pick-up bags
- Your dog
- Dog treats
- Dog booties (if dog will
be on hot concrete/blacktop)
festivals are notorious for their crowds. Many people will assume a dog
public is friendly (and s/he should be if taken to festivals), and many
will pet without asking first. This is a good opportunity to help
them about dogs- they should always ask first before petting a dog.
lots of discarded food and garbage on the ground, as well as people
with their food at a dog's eye level. Most festivals have loud music.
especially those held downtown, have mounted policemen.
Because of all the potential distractions, festivals can be a great
to work on training your dog around distractions. If you plan to visit
festival and work on training, I would recommend visiting early or
'off hours' when there are slightly less people and staying around the
to avoid interruptions of people asking to pet the dog- unless of
you are working on a '
' or socialization with people.
Where to Go
Chicago Canine's Event Calendar
for festival listings.
If you know of any
please email us or use
NOTE: Even if a festival is listed as
best to call beforehand when possible to doublecheck.
also find Chicago-area events listed at these websites:
obeying leash laws and cleaning up after your dog
best way to help keep Chicago dog-friendly!*