Small Dog & Small Puppy Playtime 2020-07-18T12:45:03-06:00

Dog Socialization Calgary

NW Small Puppy and Small Dog Playtime:

For new members, our group was started to provide a safe environment where little dogs and little puppies UNDER 20 pounds and UNDER 13” (who live with their humans in NW Calgary) can come and not worry about big dogs stepping on them, playing too hard with them, and accidentally hurting and/or injuring them.

We have been running the group for many, many years now and our members keep growing. The dogs and puppies develop strong lasting friendships with each other, as do their humans.

In order to keep our group safe and comfortable, this group is NOT for small dogs that are extremely fearful, anxious, nervous, stressed, overwhelmed, reactive, aggressive, over-excitable, hyper-energized, chronically barking and whining and does not have appropriate canine play behavior.

This indicates your dog is too uncomfortable and stressed being in the group, and it also upsets the stable energy and behaviour of the other dogs, including the comfort and enjoyment of their owners.

However, if you require assistance with your dog’s socialization issues, please contact Velvetanne, Raising Canine’s owner and dog trainer @ 403 984 3644 for private training sessions right in the comfort of your own home, or to inquire about our Reactive Dog Recovery Program. You can also learn more about the program and private sessions at Raising Canine’s website at

All dogs attended by our group MUST be neutered or spayed by 6 months of age, again for the safety and comfort of the other dogs.

As well, if your fur baby is physically sick or injured, please hold off attending until she/he is healthy again.

$10 per dog. (Exact cash please as I don’t always have change)

If your dog(s) is/are a good fit for our group, and you and your entire family would like to come, please register first on Meetup Calgary. Then search for NW Small Dog & Small Puppy Playtime.  Next, reply ‘yes’ for the playtimes you would like to attend.  Playtime sessions are every Saturday at 10 – 11 am, unless otherwise advised.

We cap off the number of dogs attending, so each time you receive an email announcement with the next playtime, you’ll need to reply “yes” to attend.

If you do reply “yes”, but can’t come, please always reply again with “no” so another dog can have the spot.

Once you’ve registered, and before you bring your dog into Raising Canine, please take a photo of your dog’s updated vaccination records with your cell phone, and email to   Please indicate that you are sending the vaccination records for the NW Small Dog & Small Puppy Playtime.  You will then receive a reply email with an attached PDF Waiver form for you to “Fill & Sign”, then email back to

One Dog $10
Two dogs $15
Three or More $20

Small Dog & Small Puppy Playtime

(Every Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 am & 11:15 am – 12:15 pm)

This group is to give dogs under 20 lbs and under 13′ (from floor to middle of back) a safe place to play without the potential dangers that larger dogs may pose. Owners of little dogs can feel confident bringing their pups to meet friends and to play safely.  There is both an outdoor and indoor area for the ‘Littles’ to run around in.

This group is NOT for small dog or puppies that have socialization issues such as anxiety, fear, stress, reactivity, and/or aggression.  If you have a little dog that has these issues, you can register your dog for Reactive Dog Recovery Program and/or private sessions.

The group requires registration through “Meetup Calgary” online. You then search ‘NW Small Dog & Small Puppy Playtime.  Once there, you register to reserve a spot for you and your fur-child!  If you are wait-listed for the 10 am time slot, you can then join the 11:15 am time slot by emailing


Requirements to Attend Small Dog & Small Puppy Playtime

Small Dog & Small Puppy Playtime is only for dogs that are at ease with other canines and people. If your dog experiences anxiety, fear, stress, reactivity, aggression, hyper-excitable, and/or hyper-arousal such as uncontrolled lunging, barking, growling, whining, panting, pacing, nipping, and/or biting when surrounded by other dogs and/or people, these playtime sessions are not for your dog.  (S)he will be too stressed and agitated as will you. It will also make it uncomfortable for the other dogs and owners.

If you have a reactive dog, we recommend our Reactive Dog Recovery Program and/or Private Dog Training sessions to help both you and your dog.