Dear Inquisitive Readers:

Summer is in full swing, so get those tails waggin’ with a fun-filled day of activities and treats for the whole family — all to support a good cause and celebrate all things dog.

On Sunday, the Ventura County nonprofit group Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.) will host the annual Fundraising Dog Walk and Pet Expo at San Buenaventura State Beach Park, on East Harbor Boulevard at Vista del Mar Drive.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The warm-up stretch will start at 9:30 a.m., and the three-mile walk at 10 a.m. The cost to enter the parade, walk, contests and competitions is $40. Admission is free for attendees and observers.

We hope you will join us this weekend for some doggone fun. Poncho and I would love it if you’d stop by our booth so we could personally thank you for letting us be a part of your lives and for writing in and sharing your doggie dilemmas with us. Plus, it’s the paw-sitively perfect way to spend the day with your canine (and human) family and friends.

This year’s theme is “Wags For Wellness: Protect, Prevent, Provide,” and C.A.R.L. has stood by its word. For more than 12 years, the volunteer-run organization has placed more than 3,000 abandoned, relinquished and homeless dogs in pre-screened loving and secure homes.

At this dog-friendly festival, you can dress up your dog — you know you want to! — and enter him or her in one or more of the many contests and competitions. Don’t feel like being part of the show? Sit back and watch others partake in the competitions, or watch the doggy demonstrations.

Dress up your dog and enter one of the many competitions at this year's Fundraising Dog Walk and Pet Expo.

Dress up your dog and enter one of the many competitions at this year’s Fundraising Dog Walk and Pet Expo.

After showing off your dog’s loose-leash walking skills in the parade, be sure to reward him or her with a tour around the Pet Expo. There will be an array of pet-related exhibits and vendors, as well as a silent auction with many items to tempt you — not such a bad thing since proceeds go to a good cause!

Do you love dogs but don’t have one of your own? Are you thinking about adopting or fostering a dog? C.A.R.L., as well as other rescue groups, will be on hand to introduce shelter dogs looking for loving homes.

Click here for more information about Sunday’s event.

For Inquisitive Canine readers who aren’t in the area, this is the perfect time to check your community for pet-related fundraising events. Maybe your local shelter is having its own pooch (or kitty) event where you can go with your dog, adopt a new dog or volunteer to help animals in need.

— Dear Inquisitive Canine is written by Joan Mayer and her trusty sidekick, Poncho. Joan is a certified pet dog trainer and dog behavior counselor. Her column is known for its simple common-sense approach to dog training and behavior, as well as its entertaining insight into implementing proven techniques that reward both owner and dog. Joan is also the founder of The Inquisitive Canine, where her love-of-dog training approach highlights the importance of understanding canine behavior. If you or your dog have questions about behavior, training or life with each other, e-mail

Joan Hunter Mayer

Joan Hunter Mayer

Joan Hunter Mayer is a certified canine behavior consultant, certified professional dog trainer, and founder of The Inquisitive Canine. She and her team are devoted to offering humane, pawsitive, practical solutions that work for the challenges dogs and their humans face in everyday life. Joan offers training and behavior consulting services both in person and online, dedicated to strengthening the human-canine bond. If you are feeling inquisitive and have dog training questions, email and click here for more training tips. The opinions expressed are her own.