Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6

04/08/2021

Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Temporary closure: Alta Vista

23/07/2021

Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches

29/07/2021

Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Pet series : You adopted a new pet? Congratulations. Now what?

This session on dog ownership will include topics such as: grooming (ear care, nail clipping, washing, brushing, etc.), vet visits and shots (neutering, dental care, worms, forest ticks, microchipping, etc.), food and diets, socializing the dog, surrounding yourself with the right team for your needs and your pet's needs, etc.

ABOUT THE SERIES

During the pandemic, a lot of people are adopting pets. But adopting a pet comes with the responsibility of caring for them and training them. This has resulted in a huge demand for pet-training services-- right when many training schools and pet stores are closed because of lockdown! There is also a new twist to online scams, with "offers" for expensive dogs online! Where is the new or potential pet owner to go for resources or events about purchasing a pet?

The Ottawa Public Library is therefore partnering with Ruff House to offer an online series of tips, resources, guides and demonstrations to help inform locked down pet owners. Sessions will include basic training, grooming, feeding, essentials you need to know / have when getting a dog, what is and is not available in the way of services during lockdowns, online resources, and even alerts about the scams online.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER / PARTNER

The Ruff House is an Ottawa-based organization that is a one-stop-shop for all your dog’s needs! This includes dog daycare, grooming, training, dog food, supplements, and training supplies. They are here for all of your dog’s socialization, training and health needs! Their mission is to become your dog’s home away from home.

Jonathan Sumner, the owner of Ruff House, is a dog enthusiast and advocate. His dog family consists of Burley (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Maeby (Staffordshire Terrier). Jonathan has had a connection and passion for dogs since a very young age. With 18 years of experience in sales and business, Jonathan shifted his focus towards his passion: the health and well-being of dogs and canine education. He has received training from the Animal Behaviour College as a certified Dog Trainer as well as certification from the Companion Animal Science Institute in Canine Nutrition. Jonathan is constantly learning and is continuing studies on dog behaviour and positive training techniques.