Working Dog Weekend at Lake Metroparks


Date: June 8 & 9, 9 am to 5 pm

Discover the many roles that the versatile canine has played in our lives. From the tiny terrier hunting rodents underground to the Newfoundlands, the gentle giants, rescuing boaters stranded in the water. Help us celebrate those wonderful, working canines at Working Dog Weekend.

Watch dogs play and show off their skills during Working Dog Weekend at Farmpark June 9 and 10.  Hours are 9 am to 5 pm.  The event is presented by Discount Drug Mart, Tractor Supply Company, Kirtland Veterinary Hospital and Western Reserve Cooperative. Due to the nature of the facility and event, visitors are asked to not bring their pets.

NEW for 2013: Toy Dog Parade

Hey kids! Bring your stuffed animal dogs with you to Working Dog Weekend and march with your favorite canine friend in a special toy dog parade of breeds!

Kids vs. K-9

Children will experience the world as a dog when they try their “paw” at canine jobs. Real dogs will be on hand to show you how they work and play.

·         Guide the blind.
·         Play doggie games like agility, Flyball & Frisbee
·         Solve a mystery with Ranger Donaldson and K-9 partner Carly using only your nose.

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Doctors from the Animal Clinic of Chardon will guide children through a wellness exam on a real dog.

·         Hear the heartbeat of a dog through a stethoscope
·         Learn to check a dog’s eyes, ears and teeth.
·         Look through a microscope at a flea
·         See x-rays of puppies before they were born
·         Discover how a microchip works
·         Bring your favorite stuffed toy dog to our clinic for a checkup.
·         Make a cone collar (collar of shame) for your stuffed dog.
·         Make a dog toy to take home to your favorite canine friend.

Canine performances

See the Buckeye Dock Dogs and Skyhoundz Frisbee dogs display their aerial skills while the Hampton Hills Newfoundlands perform water rescue demonstrations. Skyhoundz will hold a trial Saturday, June 8 and perform Frisbee Demos throughout the day Sunday, June 9.  Visitors may also discover new advances in pet care from Big Creek Veterinary Hospital. 

Other organizations performing during Working Dog Weekend include:workingdog2013_3

·         Canine Freestyle Federation (CFF)

·         Police K-9 units

·         Great Dane Club of Cleveland

·         Ohio Search & Rescue

More Canine Fun!

Meet Lake Metroparks Ranger Pat Donaldson and his search and rescue K9 Carly. Talk with service and rescue groups, 4-H clubs, therapy, companion and guide dog organizations. Check out the pet-related items and services available from vendors onsite. Popular demonstrations throughout the weekend include:

·         Horse & hound relay
·         Sheepherding
·         Parade of breeds
·         Obedience & agility
·         Rescue groups
·         Service dogs
·         Sled dogs
·         Pony rides ($4)

4-H clubs and representatives from a variety of canine organizations will be present with their dogs to provide information about their services.  Shop the many vendors offering pet-related items and services, plus make a craft at the kids’ activity area in the Plant Science Center.  Pick up something special for you and Rover in the Farmpark Gift Shop and treat yourself to a tasty bite in the J&J Café.

Reading to Rover

Developed to help children improve their reading and social skills, Reading to Rover builds self confidence by providing a fun, non-judgmental and comfortable environment where children read to dogs. Stop by the Exhibit Hall and read to one of these wonderfully trained, gentle therapy dogs. The reading program will be offered 1 to 3 pm both days in the Exhibit Hall. Children’s books will be provided for our younger guests by the Geauga West Library.

Stephanie Sivula, Practice Manager at Dancing Paws Animal Wellness Center

Stephanie will enlighten guests regarding canine vaccination and nutrition. A veterinary technician since 2003, Stephanie joined the Dancing Paws Animal Wellness Center in 2006. Her special interests include nutrition and canine rehabilitation. She is an active member of the Veterinary Support Personnel Network and is a regular guest lecturer for the Stautzenberger College Veterinary Technician program; educating students on natural, integrative approaches to veterinary care.  Presentations and dates are.

 ·         Saturday: Conservative Vaccination for Dogs
·         Sunday: Biologically Appropriate Nutrition for Dogs: Feeding For Your Dog’s Evolutionary Needs

For more information about these programs and a schedule of events for Working Dog Weekend visit

 Admission to Working Dog Weekend is $6 for ages 12 to 59; $5 for ages 60 and older; $4 for ages 2 to 11; and children younger than 2 are FREE.  Farmpark members receive FREE admission.  For more information about Working Dog Weekend, visit or call (440) 256-2122 or (800) 366-FARM (3276).  All Farmpark daily activities are included with admission to Working Dog Weekend. 

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd in Kirtland.  To get there, take I-90 to the Rt. 306 exit.  Head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6); turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile.  Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.

Event information
Due to the nature of this event and facility, please do not bring your pets.

Information submitted by:
John Venen
Promotions and Advertising Manager
Lake Metroparks
P: 440-352-2914


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