KELOWNA, B.C. – There are two new ambassadors working in the central Okanagan but they’re not representing the interests of a foreign country.
Instead, they’re encouraging dog owners to do all the right things when out in public with their pooches.
As Dog Ambassadors for the Central Okanagan Regional District, Taylor Dees and Kylie Wilson are patrolling parks, trails and beaches this summer from Lake Country to Peachland looking for dog related infractions.
The post-secondary students don’t hand out tickets, they hand out advice and information to help dog owners follow the rules.
Dees says most people respond positively.
“When we go to people who aren’t familiar with the bylaw, they thank us for giving them a heads up because they weren’t really sure,” says Dees.
But Wilson says a few people do get grumpy.
“There’s always a couple people who don’t agree with the rules but everyone is really respectful even if they don’t agree. Everyone realizes we’re only here to help,” says Wilson.
the Dog Ambassadors say most dog owners are being responsible and obeying the regulations.
Those people get a thank-you and their pooch gets a treat.
They also hand out free leashes and clean-up bags for people who don’t have them.
This is the first summer for the program which has a budget of $17,000.