First Annual Dog Show-off


The Potsdam Community Dog Park will be hosting its first annual Dog Show-Off on Saturday, June 9th from 10am-12pm at its location behind the Potsdam Humane Society at 17 Madrid Ave. in Potsdam.

DJ Double Dutch (aka Jody Tosti) from B99.3 will be MCing the event, and members of the community are invited to register their pups to win a prize. Categories include Fluffiest Tail, Most Spots, Drooliest, Most Senior Dog, Best Head Tilt, Tallest, Shortest, Best Trick, Best Smile, Owner Look-Alike, Best in Show, and Audience Favorite: PHS Alumnus.

Registration begins at 9am, and entry fees of $5 for the first category and $4 for each additional category can be paid in cash or check. Dogs must be 4 months or older, spayed, and leashed with a non-retractable leash. No pre-registration is needed, and children 12 and up accompanied by an adult are welcome to attend.

Questions, comments, or volunteer inquiries can be sent to

Dog Park Board Members Deb Massell and Katie McLaughlin were interviewed by Jody Tosti on B99.3's Community Connection Series. You can check out the interview below:

You're Invited!!! Facebook Live event on Saturday 12/2: "Virtual" Benefit Concert for Dog Park

Thank you to all of our supporters and patrons! We hope you have been enjoying the Potsdam Community Dog Park these last couple of months! 

As a special treat, we want to extend this invitation to you...

On Saturday, December 2nd, we will be hosting a virtual concert on Facebook Live. 

Although we weren't able to invite everyone to this exclusive Benefit Concert in person, we are happy to offer it via Facebook Live on Saturday, December 2 starting at around 4:45pm

Please check back on our Facebook page at that time and join us for this amazing live stream virtual concert featuring opera and musical theater superstar STEPHANIE BLYTHE and award-winning performers from the Crane School of Music - all singing classical and theater songs that are animal-related! 

Donations are much appreciated via our website ( or via the "donate button" during the Facebook Live event. All proceeds will go toward the maintenance and upkeep of the Potsdam Community Dog Park.

Please share with family and friends who love both music and animals. ENJOY!

P.S. - If you would like to be added to the invite list for next year's in-person concert, please drop us an email at


In preparation for the Potsdam Community Dog Park opening this year, experienced dog trainer, Linda Caamano, will present four evenings, each with examples and advice for Dog Park etiquette, behavior, body language, understanding and being a good advocate for your dog.

Date - choose from

  • Wednesday February 15th - COMPLETED
  • Wednesday April 12th
  • Wednesday May 10th

Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

Location: Potsdam Town Hall Community Room @ 18 Elm St. (enter from parking lot at rear of building) 

Cost: FREE and open to the public!

(Just bring yourself, NO dogs please) 

Hope to see you there!

Volunteer Application/Waiver Form Now Available

Hello Dog Park fans!

Just a quick note about our policy regarding volunteers working at the Summer Work Parties we have going on. If you have NOT completed the Volunteer Application/Waiver Form,  you will have to do so before work begins. 

Please download the form here - LINK TO VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

To begin work at the Summer Work Parties, it's as simple as 1 - 2 - 3. 

1) Download and print the form

2) Fill out the form in its entirety, select Dog Park as the area of interest

3) Bring with you to the next Summer Work Party!

We thank you for your interest in our Summer Work Parties and we appreciate your time and efforts spent!


Hello Handy Helpers! This is what you've all been waiting for - Summer WORK PARTIES start this week!!!

            Before: A big pile of branches and leaves                                             After: Pile is gone!

            Before: A big pile of branches and leaves                                            After: Pile is gone!

 - Every weekday this week, starting Wednesday 7/27. WE NEED YOUR AVAILABILITY and we'll make sure one of our main leaders is available at that time. Please email your availability to: OR
- All day Saturday 7/30

- Drag cut branches to the open spaces, pile in stacks with branches all going in one direction for easy chipping.

- Dog Park, behind the Potsdam Humane Society, 17 Madrid Avenue
 - Park in the PHS parking lot and head back, either from new parking area with the gravel, or go back out to the highway and go in where you see the “Wood Chips” sign, to the right of the shelter.

- Work gloves
- Safety glasses
- Work boots
- Bug repellent
- Rain gear if necessary
- Ear protection on Saturday because of noise from the wood chipper

Note: If you've never worked at PHS before, you’ll have to sign a waiver before getting started. 

Email us at or to sign up! We need all the help we can get this week. Spread the word! 


Calling for volunteers!

Calling all dog lovers and dog park fans! We need volunteers for 2  super fun summer events. Read on....


The Roxy Theater presents: The Secret Life of Pets - July 8 - 10 movie showings
The Secret Life of Pets is an animated movie coming out the weekend of July 8, 9, 10. The Roxy Theater has granted Dog Park representatives permission to staff a table at the back of the lobby the entire weekend and sell items to benefit the Park.

Would you like to take a shift hosting the Dog Park table, promote the Park's mission, and sell wares and raffle tickets?

Please click on this link to sign up for times you can commit to:

Please note that the times are not yet set in stone. Volunteers should arrive 45 minutes before the show and should stay 15 minutes after the show. You can see the movie in between! (Volunteers will be responsible for purchasing their own tickets). 

Tell your friends to come see this movie and stop by our table to support the Potsdam Community Dog Park! (for showtimes see!


Potsdam Summer Festival
Saturday July 16, 8:00 - 4:00 in Ives Park
The Dog Park has had great success participating in Summer Fest for the past few years. We need volunteers who can staff the outdoor Dog Park table, promote the Park's mission by talking with folks about the Park, and selling items and raffle tickets. So far this has been our biggest fundraiser of the year and is a ton of fun!
Also, if you have connections with area businesses and can rally some donations for this event, please email us at For the raffle, we usually we have baskets filled with themed goodies, gift certificates to local businesses, tickets, services, etc.


Summer 2016 Events

The Potsdam Community Dog Park will be hosting booths at these upcoming events. Come visit us to learn more about the park, get involved, watch dog tricks, and win prizes!


  • Saturday, June 4 from 10am - 4pm: Find us at the Dairy Princess Parade in the Canton village green!
  • Friday - Sunday, July 8 - 10: Find us at every matinee and evening show of the opening weekend of “The Secret Life of Pets” at the Potsdam Roxy Theater! Go to for more information and showtimes.
  • Saturday, July 16 from 9am - 4pm: Find us in Ives Park for the 49th Potsdam Summer Festival!

Stay tuned for more events in the future! Contact us at for more details.