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Dog Ambassadors to greet your furry friends this summer

After a two-year COVID hiatus, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Dog Ambassadors will be returning to all the popular doggy hotspots.

They’ll be dressed in their brightly coloured shirts, educating and informing dog owners, residents and visitors about the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw and the My Dog Matters rewards program.

You’ll spot them all summer long at local beaches, parks and popular walkways talking with dogs and their guardians.

They have dog leashes, bandanas and tasty treats to reward their new furry friends in areas from Lake Country to Peachland.

Ambassadors are an excellent information source on everything from the location of dog-friendly parks, beaches and businesses, to how to check if your license is valid.

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In the Central Okanagan, there is a zero-tolerance for unlicensed dogs and if you’re caught without one, tickets can range from $50 to $2,000 for each offence.

As well, during the summer months, Dog Control Officers will be out on patrol in vehicles and on bikes during extended hours.

Dog owners will be reminded of their responsibility to leash their dog in public (unless in a designated off-leash area) and to pick up and properly dispose of their pet waste.

Everything you need to know about dog licensing and responsible dog ownership can be found on the RDCO website, here.

Also, if you lose or find a dog, contact the Regional District Dog Pound at 250-469-6284 as soon as possible so that staff can help reunite the dog and its owner.

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