Dogs at the City Market – Our List of Do’s and Don’ts
The farmers’ market is a great place to shop, meet friends and enjoy the city centre, and many of our customers bring along their best furry friend to take in the atmosphere and polish up on their social skills. But is the market really the best place for dogs?
There’s food and people, it’s outside and it’s a great place to be. Naturally you’d like to spend the day with your pet and give him every chance to experience as much as possible. Dog owners love to include their pet in family outings and if you’ve been to the City Market you’ll notice plenty of dogs.
The City Market Downtown does not prohibit dogs and that is simply because we are on a residential street and a number of our neighbours have dogs. They must pass through the market area to walk their leashed pets, which makes it impossible for us to allow only some animals and prohibit others.
Every week we receive feedback from our customers (a lot of it negative) about the number of dogs at the City Market. The leashes are a tripping hazard, they sniff and drool over the food in vendor stalls and shopping bags, and one ate their Fat Frank’s hot dog.
Many of the dogs who visit us are well suited to the market environment and don’t become overwhelmed with all the stimuli. The reality is, however, that some dogs don’t handle it very well. They get overpowered by the number of people, the variety of smells, and all the loud and sudden sounds of the city centre. We have had to break up the odd fight, and ask the dog and the human to leave the market.
Here are some quick do’s and don’ts if you shoppers intend to bring your dog to the market:
- Do bring poop bags and promptly clean up after your dog
- Do bring water for your pet and keep him hydrated – the market does not supply water dishes
- Do have your dog on a short leash to avoid creating a tripping hazard
- Do keep your pet close to you at all times
- Do keep in mind that not every shopper at the market wants to have interactions with your pet
- Do monitor your pet’s behaviour at all times – if he’s getting anxious maybe it’s time to head home
- Don’t bring aggressive or yet-to-be socialized dogs to the market
- Don’t allow your pet to enter the vendor stall areas
- Don’t assume everyone will love your dog – people can be allergic to or scared of dogs, even cute little ones
The City Market welcomes shoppers who are accompanied by their best furry friend. We do ask that, as a responsible pet owner, you really make sure Fido can handle it, and when in doubt, leave him at home in his familiar environment. Our goal is to make the farmers’ market shopping experience a positive one for everyone.