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Best Pet-Friendly Activities In Pittsburgh

May 21, 2010 2:30 PM

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If you’re looking to get out and about around Pittsburgh with your furry friend, there are plenty of pet-friendly activities to keep you having fun together! Here’s a look at some picks from the experts at Animal Friends and the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society!

Animal Friends’ University Classes

Animal Friends
562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237
Phone: 412-847-7035
www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org

Animal Friends University offers a wide variety of classes for pets and their people! There are a plethora of courses including dog classes, cat classes, rabbit classes, wellness programs, specialty mini-courses, workshops, holiday events and more. You and your furry companion are sure to enjoy the quality time together learning! Classes fill quickly so anyone interested is asked to sign up fast.

Last Splash of Summer Pool Party (Seasonal Event at Sandcastle)

Sandcastle Waterpark
1000 Sandcastle Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15120
Phone: 412-462-6666
www.sandcastlewaterpark.com

Once a year, Sandcastle water park opens their gates to man’s best friend. Jolene Miklas, of Animal Friends, recommends this event. She calls it truly hilarious: “Bring your family to watch Sandcastle just go to the dogs! They open up their wave pool and their center pool for the dogs. [They] dive right in; they truly know that it’s their party. It’s just two hours of pure fun.”

Reading with Rover

Animal Friends Program
Phone: 412-847-7000
www.readingwithrover.org
www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org

During the school year, Animal Friends partners up with local teachers and librarians to offer the Reading with Rover program to students who attend selected schools. If you and your Canine Good Citizen-certified dog are looking to make an impact in the lives of children, then this is a program for you! It allows kids to practice their reading skills by having them read aloud to the dogs.

Pet-Assisted Therapy

Pet Adoption & Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237
Phone: 412-847-7000
www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org

Participating in Pet-Assisted Therapy can be a great way to spend some time with your pet and do some good for others. The trained volunteers with Animal Friends “bring the joy and gentle healing of companion animals” to nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals and the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind.

Training Classes (Western Pennsylvania Humane Society)

North Shore
1101 Western Avenue
Pittsburgh Pa. 15233
Phone: 412-321-4625
www.wpahumane.com
Training & Education Department: 412-321-4625, ext 6

Training Facility
57 Noble Avenue
Crafton, Pa. 15205

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society’s Get Smart! Training Center makes our list for their great pet-education classes. They have both basic training courses for beginners and advanced classes for all those smarty-pooches! Owners call the classes wonderful, fun and amazing in testimonials on their website.

Larry’s Laundromutt

201 Ohio River Boulevard
Sewickley, Pa. 15143
Phone: 412-534-4052
Email: larryslaundromutt@yahoo.com
larryslaundromutt.com
Facebook: Larry’s Laundromutt

Your pup deserves some pampering too! Larry’s Laundromutt makes our list for their full and self-service dog washing. This doggy spa offers deshedding, nail trimming, pawdicures and facials. They also donate $1 from every bath to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Labor Day Doggy Dip (Seasonal Event at Dormont Pool)

Dormont Pool
1801 Dormont Avenue
South Hills, Pa. 15216
Phone: 412-341-7210
boro.dormont.pa.us

Gretchen Fieser, of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, suggests the Labor Day Doggy Dip at the Dormont Pool as a great way for you and your furry friend to close out the summer season.

Venture Outdoors

304 Forbes Avenue
Second Floor
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Phone: 412-255-0564
www.ventureoutdoors.org

If you and your pup love nature, check out Venture Outdoors! Check out their activities calendar and look with the “dog-friendly” labels – shown with a paw print. Those events welcome canine companions. One pet-friendly event, Doggie Day Treks, covers five miles of various steep and rocky trails throughout local parks.

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