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FRI & SAT : 10am - 10pm

SUN : 10am - 5pm

Dog Days of Summer

Join us in celebrating the science behind dogs

Saturday, August 10 (11am - 4:30pm)
Included with General Admission - DOGS ARE WELCOME!!

Dogs are performing feats of amazing science every day. Join us in celebrating dogs and their people at our Dog Days of Summer event. Explore the science behind the things that dogs do and love, from training and exercise to play and nutrition. World-renown animal behaviorist, Dr. Ian Dunbar as keynote speaker, demos from Sirius Dog Training, United States Coast Guard, and Canine Circus, plus a Doggie Spa, paw-traits, 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.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ian Dunbar, Animal Behaviorist & Dog Trainer
Dr. Dunbar has authored numerous books and DVDs about puppy/dog behavior and training, including How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks . In 1982, Dr. Dunbar designed and taught the world's very first off-leash puppy socialization and training classes - SIRIUS® Puppy Training. Over the past 40 years, Dr. Dunbar has given over 1000 one-day seminars and workshops for dog trainers and veterinarians in an effort to popularize off-leash puppy socialization classes, temperament modification, and owner-friendly and dog-friendly dog training.

Tenting generously sponsored by Steven Montes Special Events

  • Hounds on Hikes (7pm - 9pm): $10
    Complete your day by hiking with your hound on a mildly strenuous 2.5 mile trip through the Redwoods led by an expert Chabot instructor! Call (510) 336-7373 for reservations.

Presenters & Times

  • Dr. Ian Dunbar: Animal Behaviorist
    3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Learn how humans and dogs interact and the importance of proper training for your puppy and adult dog. Pick up on cues from your dog's behavior and how to react to those signals.
  • Kelly Dunbar: Sirius Sniffers
    12:45pm - 1:15pm
    Dogs have amazing capabilities of scent. Kelly Dunbar will present a sniffing demonstration and scent-detection curriculum.
  • Jasen Duncan: Bernese Mountain Dog Carting
    Times: 11am - 11:30am | 1:30pm - 2pm | 3:15pm - 3:30pm
    Learn the history of carting and why breeds, like the Bernese Mountain Dogs, have been trained in Carting and sledding over the years. Witness turns, backups, and side steps and get the download on this historic sport.
    Mark Herrick: Alameda County Sheriff's Search and Rescue K9
    11:30am - 11:50am | 2:45pm - 3:05pm
    Learn the history, current capabilities, and mission of Alameda County Sheriff's Search and Rescue K9 Division. Watch a short search and rescue detection demonstration followed by Q&A.

Exhibitors - All Day

Doggie Spa

  • Relaxing Rex Canine Massage
    Our dogs feel the same stresses and pain we do when they work and play too hard. Learn the benefits of canine message, including increasing blood circulation, elimination of toxins and helping maintain flexibility.
  • Dr. Gary Richter, Montclair Veterinary Hospital: Holistic Veterinary Care
    We all want the best care for our furry family members. Knowing more about nutrition, preventative care, and alternative medical options is the best way to keep pets healthy and happy.
  • Spago Dog: Dog Grooming
    Spago Dog will demonstrate a positive approach to grooming your four legged companion - including combing, nail trimming and other gentle and loving doggie spa techniques.
  • Kissy's Pet Care: First Aid/CPR
    Help protect your pet by learning valuable, lifesaving skills!

Dog Activities

  • Pet Food Express
    Pet Food Express will explain how to be a responsible pet owner and demonstrate some of the simple ways that you can protect, train and foster a loving relationship with your animal.
  • Citizen Canine
    This doggie daycare provider will be demonstrating how the use of feeding toys, specifically Kongs, can provide beneficial mental and physical stimulation for your dog.
  • Paco Collars: Create Your Own Dog Tag
    Paco Collars is dedicated to enhancing you and your dog’s natural style with quality leather products. Hands-on demonstrations will be led throughout the day.
  • Canine Circus
    Canine Circus School makes the science of behavior fun! Teach your dog how to be a star, defy gravity, and be the coolest dog in the universe: sign up for free training lessons at the booth.
  • PawPawrazzi Pet Photography: Pawtraits of Your Beloved Pet
    Commemorate Dog Days of Summer at Chabot with a picture of your most beloved family member. Photos will be taken at the photo booth from 11am - 2:30pm.
  • Steven Montes Special Events: Dog Days of Summer Spin and Win Raffle!
    Visit for a chance to win a prize!