Lake Metroparks presents Working Dog Weekend


Lake Metroparks Farmpark

June 7 & 8, 9 am to 5 pm

Celebrate those wonderful working canines during Working Dog Weekend at Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s June 7 and 8 from 9 am to 5 pm. See the Buckeye Dock Dogs and Skyhoundz Frisbee Dogs display their aerial skills while the Hampton Hills Newfoundlands perform water rescue demonstrations. Meet police canines and see them in action.

Toy Dog Parade

Kids, bring your favorite stuffed toy dog with you to Working Dog Weekend for a special “toy” dog parade of breeds just for kids!

Kids vs. K-9

Children have the chance to try their “paw” at canine jobs & sports. Real dogs will be on hand to show you what to do.

  • Guide the blind
  • Try canine sports like agility, Flyball and Frisbee
  • Solve a mystery using only your nose! (Ranger Donaldson and K-9 partner Carly assist.)
  • Discover how dog power was used years ago by walking on a treadmill

·        Working Dog Weekend Pet Hospital

Doctors from the Animal Clinic of Chardon will be on hand to guide children through a check up on their toy dogs

  • 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 are born
  • Discover how a microchip works
  • Make a cone collar (collar of shame) for your toy dog.
  • Make a dog toy to take home to your favorite canine friend
  • Help with a wellness check on a real dog in the Theater

Visitors may also discover new advances in pet care from Big Creek Veterinary Hospital. See demonstrations by The Canine Freestyle Federation (CFF), Police K-9 units,  Ohio Search Dog Association and Trailbreakers Sled Dog Club and meet the dogs and their handlers.

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

Other demonstrations presented and groups participating during Working Dog Weekend include:

  • Sheepherding
  • Parade of breeds
  • Obedience & agility
  • Rescue groups
  • Partners with Paws
  • Trailbreakers Sled  Dogs
  • Pony rides ($4)

Reading to Rover was developed to help children improve their reading and social skills by building self-confidence. Stop by the Atrium from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and read to one of these wonderfully trained, gentle therapy dogs. Children’s books provided by the Geauga West Library.

Due to the nature of the facility and event, visitors are asked to leave their pets at home.

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

Take time to experience Farmpark’s other activities including cow milking, cheese and ice cream making, horse- and tractor-drawn wagon rides plus visit the Plant Science Center. Stop into the Farmpark’s Gift Shop for a great selection of unique items and gift ideas. Enjoy lunch or snack at the J & J Cafe.

Admission to Working Dog Weekend is only $4 for kids ages 2 to 11; $6 ages 12 to 59; $5 ages 60 and older; Farmpark members and children younger than 2 are free. Visit or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-FARM (3276) for more information.

Working Dog Weekend is sponsored by Discount Drug Mart. Supporting sponsors are the Kirtland Veterinary Hospital and the Western Reserve Farm Cooperative.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located only 25 miles east of Cleveland at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland. 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.




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