Summer is here and if you are looking for some fun ways to get out and get active with your dog, then have we got you covered! Check out this listing of fun local pet-friendly events happening this July right here in St. Louis:
Sunday, July 15th, 2012
Paddle With Your Pooch: 1pm
Boathouse Forest Park
6101 Government Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63110
It’s time to bring your furry friends and test your paddling prowess on the Post-Dispatch Lake in Forest Park. The ninth annual Paddle with your Pooch dog-and-master boat race will be held at the Boathouse on Sunday, July 15, 2012. Each heat is limited to 25 boats, so sign up now to reserve your spot in the race. A portion of the proceeds from the race will be donated to Forest Park Forever for maintaining the beauty of the park.
The entry fee is $40 per dog-and-master team. Maximum occupancy per paddleboat is three humans and one dog. For more information, schedule of events, and to register visit: https://www.boathouseforestpark.com/paddle-with-your-pooch.php
Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Mutt Mixer at Three Dog Bakery: 6:30-8pm
Three Dog Bakery St. Louis
1134 Town & Country Crossing Drive
Town & Country, MO 63017
A great opportunity to socialize your pup and meet other dog owners. Free refreshments for pups and people. 15% “arff” almost entire store during the event.
Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Yappy Hour at Four Muddy Paws: 5-6:30pm
Four Muddy Paws
1711 Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63104
Start your evening at Four Muddy Paws for Yappy Hour and Wine Tasting with Vino Vitae. Have a glass of wine, give your dog a bath for $12.00, or enjoy our patio play time for your dogs.
Then head out to dinner with your dog for some Italian at Ricardo’s, BBQ at SqWires, Square One for the Burger of the Day, Tuscan cuisine at Eleven Eleven Mississippi and end the evening with a cup of java and gooey butter cake at Park Ave. Coffee or some French pastries and tea at Rue Lafayette. Also visit Trova, Looking Glass Design plus Rue Lafayette and Schwaig Art Glass Works & Studio plus look for some special discounts for bringing your dog. Remember to be a responsible pet guardian while visiting the shops and restaurants.
Friday, July 20th, 2012
Bowling for Dogs – Dirk’s Fund Fundraiser: 7:30-9:30pm
Brunswick Zone Bowling Alley
1254 Dougherty Ferry Road
Valley Park, MO 63088
2012 Dirk’s Fund “Bowling for Dogs” Fundraiser. Come out and show your bowling skills while supporting a great cause. Located at the Brunswick Zone Bowling Alley (SW corner of Doughtery Ferry and Big Bend). Cost: A donation of $100.00 includes: One lane for up to 8 people, shoe rentals, and a pitcher of soda. Call (314) 966-3326 to reserve your lane or register online at www.dirksfund.com.
Saturday, July 21st, 2012
Ice Cream Social and Pool Party at Four Muddy Paws: 11am-3pm
Four Muddy Paws
1711 Park Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63104
Come and help us celebrate Summer with an old fashion ice cream social and pool party for the pooches! A Sundae Bar for Dogs! We’ll have a special ice cream sundae bar with all kinds of doggie ice cream and fun and tasty (at least for dogs anyway!) unlimited toppings! A Pool Party and Games! We’ll be breaking out the pools in Lafayette Square and we’ll have some fun games for the dogs to play too at both stores! Come out and have some fun!
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
Dog Days of Summer Night Hike: 8-10pm
1675 South Mason Road
Saint Louis, MO 63131
Come out with your dog for a howling good time after the heat of the day passes. You’ll enjoy this 3-mile stroll while your park ranger guide points out the interesting things to hear and see. Dogs must remain on a leash. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent. Meet at the Mason Road entrance to Queeny Park. Advance registration is requested. Call 314-615-8472. $5.00 per person on Sunday July 22, 8-10 p.m. For more information, check out: http://www.co.st-louis.mo.us/Portals/8/docs/Document%20Library/parks/PDFs/ActivityGuide.pdf
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Dogs’ Night Out at Cafe Provencal: 6:30-9:30pm
427 S. Kirkwood Rd.
Dine out with your dog on a beautiful outdoor patio. Call for reservations (636-527-3364) for the dog and people. $20 per dog paid in advance, benefits Three Dog Foundation for abused and neglected dogs. People order from the restaurant menu and pay the restaurant directly.
Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Yappy Hour at Laumeier: 6-8pm
12580 Rott Road
Saint Louis, MO 63127
Bring your dog to Laumeier for an evening of fun designed for you and your four-legged friends. Visit vendor booths, and enjoy fun competitions, demonstrations and live music. Dinner and drinks will be available for purchase. Dog sitters are available for visitors viewing the indoor exhibition. Visit www.laumeier.org or call 314-615-5278. Free admission.
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
APA’s 6th Annual “Trivia PAWsuit” Trivia Night: 7-10:30pm
Kirkwood Community Center West Gym
111 S. Geyer Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Doors open at 6:00 p.m., trivia starts at 7:00. The Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri is holding their 6th annual Trivia Night. — $200 for a table of 8 includes: Beer, soda and water. You may bring food and drinks. Enjoy a raffle, silent auction, door prizes and a 50/50. Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd place trivia teams. Registrations are being accepted now but don’t wait. The event has sold out in previous years. For more information and to download the registration form, visit: http://www.apamo.org/tn2012.aspx
Saturday, July 28th, 2012 and Sunday, July 29th, 2012
Play Your Way to Perfect Obedience
Address: Purina Farms Event Center
200 Checkerboard Loop
Gray Summit, MO 63039
This seminar is presented by the Riverfront Working Dog Club, an all-positive Schutzhund sport dog club in St. Charles county, Missouri.
In this all-encompassing multi-sport working dog seminar you will learn how to:
- play your way to the podium using marker training and motivated play to get your dog working in drive with energy and focus;
- get ring-ready obedience by accessing the behaviors that are already present in your dog;
- create a plan to re-wire your interactions with your dog over the long term;
- not just fix behaviors, but fix how you relate ot your dog in the context of the bahviors you desire;
- improve competition performance by stripping your training all the way back down to how you play with your dog.
Saturday’s seminar is about leanring to better use food, ball, and tug rewards for increasing motivation and building control. Sunday’s seminar is all about building obedience with extreme distractions, including tips for protection sport handlers preparing for work with the helper.
Shade Whitesel is an experienced and successful professional dog trainer in the Seattle, Washington, area and is a very accomplished competetior in Schutzhund.
Cost of the seminar is $150 for a dog + handler team for the full 2-day seminar. Saturday or Sunday for a dog + handler team is $100. Attendance is limited to 12 dog + handler teams either day. Register before July 20.
Full 2-day seminar for audit without a dog costs $60; Saturday or Sunday audit only is $35. Register before July 20.