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Dog Days of Summer

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Celebrating the Pawsitively Incredible Science of Dogs!

Saturday, August 9 (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 Rich Avanzino - Maddie’s Fund President, demos from the United States Coast Guard, and Canine Circus, plus a doggie spa, pet portraits, fashion show, raffles and much more! 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 Full Moon Hike
    Saturday, August 9 (7:15pm – 9:15pm)
    Bring your dog and hike under the beautiful full moon through the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on a relatively easy 3 mile hike 2-3 mile hike. After the hike, stay and explore other amazing objects in the night sky through our telescopes (weather permitting) or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop. Hike will take place rain or shine.

Keynote Speaker

Rich Avanzino, President of Maddie's Fund®
Considered the "Dog Father" of the no-kill movement, Rich Avanzino has had a major influence on companion animal welfare over his 37 years in the industry. As President of Maddie's Fund®, he focuses the family foundation's $300 million endowment on revolutionizing the status and well-being of companion animals through grant giving, hands-on animal care, research and education. Formerly, President of The San Francisco SPCA (SF/SPCA) from 1976-1999, Rich led San Francisco in becoming the first City and County in the nation to offer an adoption guarantee for every healthy shelter cat and dog. In 1998, he revolutionized animal sheltering with the opening of Maddie's® Pet Adoption Center, the first facility in the country in which cats and dogs awaiting adoption were housed in cozy home-like settings rather than cages. The radical design set a new national standard for sheltering practices and has been widely emulated.


Presenters & Times

  • Rich Avanzino, Maddie’s Fund®
    1:30pm - 2:15pm
    Are you one of the 3 million who will help make the U.S. a No-Kill Nation by 2015? Meet the "Dog Father," hear the story of Maddie, and together explore the simple steps we can all take to achieve his goal to be a healthier and happier society and attain world peace.

    Maddie's Fund® is an animal welfare organization whose mission is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.
  • Canine Fashion Show:
    Clothes generously provided by Unleashed by Petco®
    12:45pm - 1:15pm | 3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Does Fido or Mitzi have what it takes to strut their stuff? Celebrate your furry best friend by walking them down our red carpet runway in a one-of-a kind doggie fashion show! Let your dog show off in canine fashions provided by Unleashed by Petco®.
  • Barb Blastic, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
    Time: 11am - 11:30am
    Science provides fascinating details about how your dog experiences the world and how we all learn. Dogs love to explore, forage and use their noses to find the prize. Join Barb Blastic from Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) to learn how to harness your dog's senses to win his attention and interact with your dog using his favorite things in the world. Training family dogs has come a long way in the past few decades! One of your dog's top motivators in the world - his nose - is your ticket to teaching him how to stop chewing up every magazine on your coffee table and fraying the edges of Aunt June's heirloom carpet. We will show you creative ways to engage him with long lasting food puzzle toys. See how you can use clicker training and shaping to teach your dog virtually any behavior imaginable.
  • Francis Metcalf: Dog Trainer, Canine Circus
    Time: 3:15pm - 3:30pm
    Learn how to build your dog's brain, confidence and physical strength through tricks and training. Francis Metcalf of Canine Circus will show how to expand your trick training repertoire, improve your training skill and coordination, and perfect your control around other dogs. Canine Circus School makes the science of behavior fun!
  • Christopher Hartman: U.S. Coast Guard Canine Demonstration
    11:30am - 11:50am | 2:45pm - 3:05pm
    Learn the history, current capabilities, and mission of USCG canines! Watch a short explosives detection demonstration followed by Q&A.

Exhibitors - All Day

Doggie Spa

  • Wags n' Wellness: Dog Massage & Gait Analysis
    Wags 'n Wellness offers holistic approaches to acute and chronic conditions as a complement to veterinary medicine. Through the use of massage, acupressure, herbs, and nutrition, we seek to support the body's ability to heal and reduce the dependency on pharmaceutical drugs.
  • All About the Dogue: Dog Grooming
    All About the Dogue will demonstrate a positive approach to grooming your four legged-companion - including combing, nail trimming and other gentle and loving doggie spa techniques.

Dog Activities

  • Maddie's Fund®: Pet Adoption
    Stop by and meet some wonderful, adoptable, furry companions with Maddie's Fund®. Learn how to take care of your pet and why adoption and no kill shelters can change the world.
  • Citizen Canine: Socializing Your Dog
    What is your dog's reaction to other dogs and new surroundings? Dogs of different ages require a variety of training to ensure that all new interactions are happy ones. Citizen Canine will give you the tools you need to successfully socialize your pup, whatever their stage in life.
  • The Dog Squad: Training Your Dog
    Communication with your pet is essential so that your pet clearly understands you and visa versa. The Dog Squad will teach you how to communicate effectively with your pet so that your dog understands clearly what you want and expect.
  • The Furrtoghrapher: Pet Photography
    Commemorate this fabulous event and outing with your dog with a picture of your most beloved family member. The Furrtographer, aka Josh Norem, is an award-winning Bay Area Pet Photographer who was named Best Dog Photographer in 2014 by readers of Bay Woof Magazine, and was named Best Pet Photographer for the past two years by the Bay Area A-List. He's a longtime dog-lover, animal rescue volunteer, and loves nothing more than making Bay Area pets look amazing! Photos will be taken at the photo booth throughout the day.
  • CPR, Etc.: First Aid/CPR
    Learn hands-on lifesaving skills to help you protect your pet this summer and all year long!

Canine Exhibitors

  • Pet Food Express: Canine Food and Products
    You are what you eat and your dog’s health begins with it’s diet. Discover how to give your pet the best nutrition and expand their pallet with some tasty and healthy treats.
  • East Bay Guide Dog Raisers Club: Guide Dogs for the Blind
    Service dogs are crucial for improving the lives of the visually impaired. Be inspired and learn more about these dedicated trainers and their faithful pups.
  • East Bay SPCA: Dog Tricks
    Nearly all pets deserve a loving and happy home. Studies show that pets improve the health of their people. Learn more about how to stop pet homelessness and people loneliness through adoption and how to expand your pack. Also, see some neat dog tricks!
  • Unleashed by Petco®: Dog Fashion
    Your dog deserves to be just as stylish as you are. Keep your dog fashion-forward and adequately accessorized with the latest trends.
  • Oakland Dog Owners Group: Dog Park Advocates
    It can be hard to know which parks are dog-friendly and where you can let Rover roam freely... Grab a map and explore new parks in your neighborhood!
  • Veterinary Surgical Centers, Berkeley: Minimally Invasive Dog Surgery
    What do you do when your pup isn’t feeling well? Learn about monitoring your dog’s health and methods for alleviating common health issues.

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