Any dog can sit and roll over. But at todays pet-friendly Furry Friends Festival, a three-year-old Shar-pei named Tawny will maneuver through tunnels, weave around poles, and basically run rings around all the other bitches. The moves are part of owner Christy Paxtons Tricktility program, which combines agility and performance training. I wanted Tawny to understand Jump over this, do a roll, go through the tunnel, and give me a high five, says Paxton. The bond between the handler and the dog becomes so much greater.
Todays pooch fest includes a two-mile dog walk, a blessing of the animals, and a search for the citys ugliest mutt. Therell also be plenty of pets up for adoption. Plus, Tawny and Paxton, who runs the Hand in Paw dog-training clinic, will show off some of their most popular tricks. Peoples dogs go shopping with grocery carts and pick up produce, says Paxton. Some dogs will even get beer out of the refrigerator for you. Thats our kinda dog! www.brooklynshelter.org.
Sat., Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.