Join us when the Garden goes to the dogs for a full day of canine fun! Meet other dog lovers, heel around the Garden, sit for family photos, lie down under the trees, and stay for treats - including pup friendly ice cream!
Dog Days of Summer offers activities for both canines and their families including dog-related workshops, vendors, and demonstrations. Dog pools will be located throughout the Garden and there will be photo opps galore to document your day at BBG. Food will be provided by Main St. Hospitality with additional beverages from Barrington Brewery. The First 100 dogs to be admitted into the garden receive a Tito’s Vodka bandana, and promotional items and waste bags will be provided by Earth Rated.
Workshops about canine health and safety are scheduled throughout the day including “Garden Dangers for Your Dog” led by Chris Ferraro from the Cooperative Extension, and “Dog Preventative Health Care” facilitated by Jim Helems of Dog Pals. In addition, a presentation by Canine Link Therapy Dogs will explore how to evaluate a potential therapy dog. Demonstrations include parkour agility and obstacles led by Jim Helems, frisbee activities by Sharon Lynch, and a presentation by the Massachusetts State Police K9 unit.
Admission is $15 and is free for Garden members. A $5 per dog entry fee will be donated to the Berkshire Humane Society. All dogs must be registered, up to date on vaccinations, and kept on a non-retractable leash. Download and complete the pdf to save time when checking in at the Visitor Center.
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Prokour agility (a.k.a urban agility) - by Jim Helems, Dogpals
Learn a fun new sport where dogs interact (jump, climb, balance over, crawl under, walk on, go around, get inside, etc.) with everyday objects/obstacles in their everyday world.
Canine link therapy dogs
Have your dog evaluated as a possible therapy dog and see how you and your dog can begin to improve people’s lives!
Dog preventative health care - by Jim Helems, Dogpals
Learn how to care for your four-legged friend for a healthy, active, long life!
Dog Dangers in the Garden - by Chris Ferraro, Cooperative Extension
Find out what plants are poisonous to our dogs, and what mulch you don't want to use, along with other tidbits to keep your dog safe in the garden.
Animal Communication - with Linda Clayton
Ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Linda can teach you the signs that your dog is trying to communicate with you!
“Nose Work" Demo - by Adrienne DeBlieux, Berkshire Humane Society
Learn all about "nose work" and how you and your dog can be a part of this challenging activity!
Catching a Frisbee - by Sharon Lynch, DVM
Come learn the techniques to getting your dog to catch a frisbee!