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“Bark at the Great Park” Comes to The Great Park of Orange County


Orange County Great Park bark in the park

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Bark at the Park is coming to the Orange County Great Park Sunday, April 14th from!

You can bring your four-legged friends, on a leash of course, to the Orange County Great Park for day of fun from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.  Guests can learn dog care and training tips through informative presentations and have a Canine Good Citizen exam completed for their pet from the American Kennel Club.  Veterinarians will also be on hand to chat about keeping your pets in optimal health.

Guests of Bark at the Great Park can bring their pets in costume to get the full experience of the “doggie fashion runway”, watch the Disc Dogs of Southern California as they perform during shows, or enjoy a peaceful walk on one of the many dog-friendly paths at The Great Park of Orange County.

If you are pet lover that would like to learn how to adpop a dog, the Irvine Animal Care Center will be on hand to answer questions.  Come with an appetite because Dogzilla and The Burnt Truck will provide wonderful food and entertainment.

The program schedule for Bark at the Great Park is below (subject to change):

10:00 a.m.           “Pets and the Family” presentation by a Petco dog trainer
10:30 a.m.           “Basic dog psychology and how dogs communicate” presentation by Grumpy Puppy Training
11:00 a.m.           Disc Dogs in Southern California show and “pat & chat”
11:30 a.m.           “Dog Nutrition Demonstration and Q&A” with a Petco nutritionist
Noon                     Dog training, skills and tricks demonstration featuring therapy and service dogs fromCanine Intelligence Academy
12:30 p.m.           “Children and dog safety” presentation by American Kennel Club Canine Ambassador, Susan La Croix Hamil
1:00 p.m.             Disc Dogs in Southern California show and “pat & chat”
1:30 p.m.             “How to fix 50% of basic behavioral issues with only one word and technique” presentation from Grumpy Puppy

Further activities from 10 am-2 pm include:

  • “Is Your Dog a Good Citizen?” Free, 10-minute evaluation on 10 official test items by American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluators and representatives of Canine Intelligence Academy
  • “Ask-A-Vet” with Irvine Great Park Animal Hospital: Keep your dog healthy and happy with answers to your dog health questions
  • Meet “Sparky” from Orange County Fire Authority and enjoy presentations by OCFA search and rescue dogs.
  • American Kennel Club Community Ambassador booth with advice and information on canine safety with children.
  • Nail Trims and Grooming Q&A with a Petco groomer
  • Great Park “Doggie Fashion Runway”

If you prefer to visit the Great Park of Orange County, the balloon operates Thursday – Friday from 10:00 am-3:00 pm and 7:00-10:00 pm, as well as Saturday – Sunday from 9:00 am-3:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  The  Great Park Balloon is closed on Monday through Wednesday.

Information supplied by: Great Park of Orange County

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