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Dog Days of Summer



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Celebrating the Pawsitively Incredible Science of Dogs!


Saturday, August 8
11am - 4:30pm
Included with General Admission - DOGS ARE WELCOME!!

Dogs are performing feats of amazing science every day. Join us in celebrating our furry best friends and their people at our Dog Days of Summer Festival. Delight and explore the science around the things that dogs do and love; from training, sleeping, and exercise, to play and nutrition. Be inspired with demos and activities that include, keynote speaker Dr. Gary Richter of Holistic Veterinary Care, demos from the Canine Circus School, Bernese Mountain dog drafting, plus a doggie spa, pet portraits, fashion show and raffles! Get ready for a day of doggone fun!

  • Planning on bringing your pooch?
    Please note, all waiver forms must be signed before your dog can join the fun! Also, our planetarium and main exhibit spaces will be "dog-free" areas on the event day. If you plan to see shows, we advise to not bring your dog to the Center. Dogs will not be permitted to be left in cars.
  • Dog-Friendly Hike
    Saturday, August 8 4:30-6pm
    Spend some time with your furry friend on an easy 2-3 mile hike in the beautiful redwoods. Meet other dog owners and learn about the local flora and fauna.
    Reservations encouraged

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Gary Richter of Holistic Veterinary Care: Exploring Holistic Care Practices for Pets
Bridging the gap between traditional veterinary care and alternative holistic practices, including acupuncture and chiropractic, Dr. Richter will explain the differences between the two methods and how holistic care can promote the health and well being of our pets.

Dr. Richter is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and certified veterinary chiropractor. As owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital. His professional goal is to provide a center where pets can receive effective holistic therapies in conjunction with the treatment and care from their general practice veterinarian. He also places great emphasis on the well-being of the pet owner, knowing that a sick pet can cause great strain and strong emotions. He instills this understanding in his staff and throughout his practice.


Presenters & Times

  • Berkeley Humane Society: Exploring the Super Senses of Dogs
    Time: 11:30am
    Just how powerful is a dog’s sense of smell? Find out as Nancy Frensley puts her dog’s nose to work and showcases his scent tracking skills. Learn the difference between tracking as a sport verses professional detection and how you can do scent work training with your own dog!
  • Citizen Canine: Effective Canine Communication
    Time: 12pm
    With proper training and an open line of communication dogs can do incredible things! Watch Samantha Lee demonstrate basic obedience tricks and how dogs can help people with disabilities live fuller lives.
  • Jasen Duncan: Bernese Mountain Dog Carting Demo
    Time: 1pm
    Big dogs can do big things! Learn about the history of carting with dogs and the breeds that are best suited for the work. Watch Jasen’s Bernese Mountain dog in action!
  • The Canine Kid Connection: Learn How Kids Can Safely Bond with Dogs
    Time: 1:30pm
  • Children and pets have a special bond. Learn how to promote safe, relaxed, positive relationships between children and dogs. Jane Rosenblum from Canine Kids Connect will show you how you can help your child learn appropriate behavior to form successful relationships with dogs.
  • Fashion Show: Dog Fashions Featured by UnLeashed by Petco
    Time: 2:30pm
    Does you pooch have what it takes to strut the runway? Sign up your dapper dog to show us their fiercest side! Costumes and outfits of all sizes will be provided by Unleashed by Petco,
  • Canine Circus School: Tricks of Training
    Time: 3:15pm
    Circus school for dogs? You bet! Come see Canine Circus School’s top dogs perform incredible tricks in this one ring act and discover the secrets behind the training.
  • Key Note Speaker:
    Dr. Gary Richter of Holistic Veterinary Care: Exploring Holistic Care Practices for Pets
    Time: 3:45pm
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