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It’s Dog Fest Time

Modified: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015


Hitch up the leash to the pooch and come on out to City Park (the one uptown shaped like a triangle) to attend the Morro Bay National Estuary Program’s second annual Dog Fest on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dog Fest is a free family fun event with your dog while enjoying dog friendly activities helping you to learn how you and your canine companion can help keep Morro Bay clean.

The event will have a variety of vendor booths of local pet businesses for you to visit. Morro Bay City will have information about their “Scoop the Poop” campaign and you can also learn about the NEP Mutt Mitt Program. Some of the activities will include the Santa Lucia Open Dog Obedience Group (SLODOG) who will present a dog agility performance where pooches will go through their paces up, over, and around obstacles placed in their path.

SLODOG is an all breed club where members and their dogs are active in canine competition, including formal obedience, rally, conformation, canine nose work, and agility. Others enjoy sharing their dogs with residents in care facilities and local schools.

Xello, the Morro Bay Police Department’s K-9 sniffer, will demonstrate his training skills. Xello makes a fabulous entrance onto the field. His trainer, Officer Stephanie Pipan opens the police car door but tells Xello to “wait” and then she walks a distance away from him. Not until she gives the command does he stir an inch, but then, like a bullet, he shoots from the car and races eagerly towards her and sits obediently. It is quite impressive to watch all of their routine and Office Stephanie explains about the training that she put Xello through for him to become a perfect K-9 officer. Xello says his job is to keep my partners and the citizens of Morro Bay safe.

After that everyone will probably want to learn how they too can get their pets to behave as well, so Lisa Ellman, trainer from Good Dogma Obedience Training in Los Osos will put on a training session to help educate dog owners how to use more effective communication techniques with their dogs. Good Dogma stresses it is more important to reinforce good behavior than to try to eliminate bad behavior.

Diane Moore, of Mutt Mitts fame, will ask folks to join in for a dog show where you and your canine companion can show off tricks and costumes.

The NEP will once again hold their informational and educational “Poop Quiz” to see just how much we really know about keeping the environment clean. Lots of great giveaways are part of this fun event.

Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to join with “Dogs for Clean Water” by taking the NEP’s Clean Water Pledge. So, don’t miss it – Dog Fest.

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