For far too long, canine athletes have faithfully trained alongside their human counterparts, only to be left on the sidelines on race day. No longer! The 2016 Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash gives man (or woman) and best friend the chance to compete in tandem over a five-mile run course. Loyal pups and their loving owners are invited to participate!> View photos from our 2014 gallery
The Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash takes place in Central Park.
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All dogs will be checked for good health by our veterinary staff prior to, during and after competition.
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Special thanks to the following partners who will be providing treats to all 2016 AMC Doggy Dash finishers!
This pint-sized jet setter is taking time from her busy travel schedule to compete for top dog at the event this year! Her training includes lots of ball chasing and stand-up paddle boarding to work on her core. You can most likely catch her carbo-loading at one of her frequented al fresco dining establishments with mom and dad the day before the race. Her race day tactic will be to cuddle all the other human companions as a distraction.
Don’t be fooled by her sweet face and coy demeanor, this hazel-eyed beauty is an expert rabbit chaser and not one to reckon with! Although she usually focuses on sprints — naming Flojo as her favorite athlete — she is prepared for her longest race to date. If she’s smart, she will stay with the pack and then breakout the last 100-meters down the infamous AMC Doggy Dash finish shoot!
Typically, you'll find Samson strutting the runway during NYC Fashion Week, but this year he decided to bring his best Blue Steel look out on the AMC Doggy Dash stage. Attributing his slim sexiness to eating mostly kale and carrots, he admits that he is actually one of the lucky ones and can, AND DOES, consume anything and everything his mom feeds him. Samson is ready to prove to the canine world that running shorts are the new LBD. He’ll be ready for all the paparazzi at that infamous finish line. As a therapy dog, he is dedicating this race to his biggest fans — the kids he works with.
This bachelor beach bum is looking forward to completing his third AMC Doggy Dash. His main motivation for participating — landing a hot date with one of the other pupticapants! His best race-day tips are for each competitor to truly embrace the luxury of taking an ice bath at the midpoint and to fully appreciate the many cheers and applause when coming through the finish shoot!
This distinguished, gentle dog is proud to be running this year’s race in honor of his best friend, Skyler, who competed back in 2009 and 2010. As an esteemed blogger and one of the co-authors of the book “Get Your Leash On!,” Scout has mastered the art of long distance running and runs over 20 miles every weekend followed by sprints around the yard to help his end game. Don’t miss his famous race start as he howls his way happily through the first mile!
Competing against her cousin, Yogi, for the prized first-place bragging rights, Roxy with the Socksies — as those closest to her call her — will be crossing the AMC Doggy Dash finish line for the first time! Cheering her on will be her family and best friend, a guinea pig named Wilbur. As a newbie to the field many may doubt her perseverance, however, her motto is “slow and steady wins the race.” When Roxy is not training for the AMC Doggy Dash, you can find her fine-tuning her doggy paddle, as swimming is her favorite sport!
Monty has overcome a number of challenges in his life but this has not dampened his spirits in any way! He was born deaf, which can be a big problem for a dog in the Big Apple trying to train off leash. Fortunately, his dad supports all of his endeavors and acts as his handler in training and competition. Monty also has an odd quirk of preferring to only turn left, which makes the clockwise running doggy dash course a little daunting for him. However, he is ready to face this fear and prove to be a true contender, aiming to cross the finish before anypup else! P.S. He also has a small wager going with his feline twin sister which could really turn the household sleeping arrangements upside down.
This rambunctious super-mutt was adopted and returned twice all before he turned four months old! But don’t feel bad for him, this was all part of his destiny to meet the perfect parents who can truly appreciate his high energy personality and convert it into long runs and endless cuddles. Dedicated to his community and protecting it against the strong possibility of a squirrel apocalypse, he is a member of the one-pup staff of the UES Squirrel Patrol. His only Achilles heel is the terrifying sound of thunder and his affinity for blondes! Yogi is a true contender for first place and although he is afraid of thunder, he is fast as lightning!
Paco is a diverse athlete who was born a human inside of a dog’s body. He enjoys swimming and biking, and had to turn down competing in the triathlon in order to showcase his talents in the AMC Doggy Dash. Paco is also culturally diverse and can speak English, Portuguese and is currently learning Japanese. He admires squirrels, bagels and Marlon Brando more than anything. Paco is bringing the apocalypse to this year’s Doggy Dash, so watch out!
Grayson is an athlete to watch at this year’s AMC Doggy Dash. He came in third place last year and is aiming to take the win at this year’s race. He occupies his time by starring on TV (six appearances), being the mascot for the company “Lauren’s Leash,” and acquiring his Karen Pryor Academy Certification. He maintains his attractive physique thanks to his cat sister, Poca, who grooms him regularly. Make sure to keep an eye out for this cute pup, as his competition is sure to give everyone a run for their money.
Rowdy is a career-focused doggy with a position as VP of Press Herding at Somm Consulting. In his spare time, he enjoys modeling for print ad campaigns. His experience has led him to meet his diverse range of multiple girlfriends. When he does get to spend time at home, it is usually consumed by dealing with the threat that the takeout delivery man presents. Rowdy twerks when he is excited, so be sure to catch him at the finish line dancing it out.
Trooper is the adventurer type. He started off as part of a litter from an Alaskan Sled Dog Camp and was the only survivor out of his brothers and sisters. Since then, Trooper has visited 31 states and 10 different national parks. His training for this year’s AMC Doggy Dash includes hiking, chasing deer, catching balls and playing tag. Look out for this cuddly,tough guy during the race this year.
Henderson is a dynamic rescue pup with a loving family. One of his favorite things to do is go camping with his mommy, daddy and ferret brother, Ozzie. When he’s not spending time with them, you might find him roaming his building and taking rides in the elevator (making his parents a nervous wreck). This pup is going to be a competitor to look out for as he’s competed in a variety of dog-friendly races in the past.
Tes is an all-around loving dog with a personality that’s meant to swoon. She uses her squirrel-chasing abilities to prepare for the AMC Doggy Dash. With the presentation of a treat, she will gladly high-five all of her competitors at the end of the race. Tes’ favorite part of the day is when she can go home to cuddle and hog the bed with her owner.
Murdock is a fast doggy, and the defending champ for this race. He is currently the record holder for the AMC Doggy Dash course and has competed across the country in nine different states. In his spare time, he enjoys chasing anything that moves and hanging out with his family in Vermont. He brings unparalleled competition to the table, so be on the look-out for this furry, but friendly, pup on race day.
This handsome pup is Dakota, an Alakan Klee Kai. To stay in shape, Dakota enjoys catching frisbees with his dad and training for marathons with his mommy. Despite his excellent athletic efforts, his energy and enthusiasm are sure to take him far in this race. He’s hoping for a strong finish and potentially a win this year.
Bella grew up in Atlanta and considers herself a Southern Belle. She enjoys the finer things in life — like champagne, ice-cream and cuddling. On the weekends she can be found on a long, relaxing run with her mom and dad, or attempting to fulfill her life-long ambition of catching a squirrel. Although this is her first time competing, she is a seasoned spectator of the Panasonic NYC Triathlon and is excited to prove her own athletic abilities to the world.
Cooper is a rescue pup and a seasoned AMC Doggy Dash athlete, with this being his fourth year competing in the race. There’s nothing he appreciates more than running, and he will cry if he sees people running and isn’t allowed to join them. His favorite command is “touch,” so if you stand at the end and yell it enough, he will eventually “touch” the finish line. He is sure to bring out some fierce competition and experience to this year’s race.
Miles’ disappointment in the Rangers season is his motivation to win this year’s AMC Doggy Dash. He likes to start his training off with a nice tummy rub before heading outside to run. His fear of squirrels has really made the sprint training much more easy and natural. After a long day of training for the AMC Doggy Dash, Miles settles in and takes up the majority of the bed for the rest of the night. Miles is confident that his training efforts will lead him to a first-place finish in this year’s race.
Whether it be into his parents’ arms, a muddy puddle, right into the ocean or across the finish line, Harley’s favorite thing to do is jump! He grew up in a barn with horses three times his size, and is named after an Ironman character, so you can bet he’s tough and ready to compete. Harley might look fluffy and cuddly, but you can bet that he will be keeping his eye on the prize.
Porsche is full-time drama queen with a packed social calendar. As an active member of the Doberman Gang of New York City, she can be found dock-diving and hanging around with her friends. Her favorite toy would have to be the tennis ball, and she will sprint any distance to find one. Despite her tendency to destroy her toys as quickly as possible, she does not do the same with humans. Porsche passed her Canine Good Citizen test at only 10 months old, and recently passed the advanced version of the test. Her competitive nature will make Porsche a top dog to look out for this year.
Lady is a social media-savvy pup with a full-time job at a toy company! In her spare time she enjoys swimming, and has taken on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Although she isn’t known as the optimal cuddler, she’s trying to adapt her ways for her new little brother, Walter. Lookout for this “Lady” as she brings her A-game competition to this year’s race.
Dakota Keller fully embraces his fun-loving title as an “Aussiedoodle.” Although Dakota frequently spectates sporting events, he is thrilled to debut in this year’s AMC Doggy Dash. He is quite the athlete and can be found running, kayaking, boating and frolicking through the dog park. Despite his athletic demeanor, Dakota is equally as devoted to his talents as a “snuggle bug” and can be found kissing everyone he meets. In his free-time, Dakota is studying how to not jump on people in hopes to soon become a therapy dog. Although he is a first-time racer, this athletic pup is sure to give everyone a run for their money.
Marley Edwards is a pup with more energy than most humans! There’s nothing she appreciates more than a good athletic event. She can be found all around the region, whether it be at the Princeton Ironman, Best Friends 5K or the AMC Doggy Dash! With her endless experience in the world of racing, Marley is going for nothing but the gold this year.
Hailing from Missouri, this super chill shepherd-corgi will never be caught without her signature sunglasses. Like in poker, Madame finds this to be a great strategy when racing as the other competitors aren’t able to read her. We’ll have to see if this tactic works in her favor come July 19th! Bonne Chance Madame :)
Cassidy is a fun-loving pup with a winning attitude. As an assistant cycling coach for Team in Training, this gal knows her stuff. She loves her parks, and can tell them apart. Like most four-legged friends, Central Park holds the main spot in her heart. The East River Park is a close second, and Cassidy does most of her training sprinting from home to there. Sprinting is her main strength, but don’t let that fool you this year. Her and her owner are making a debut and coming for the win at the 2015 AMC Doggy Dash!
Martinelli (named after the apple juice) is no stranger to the world of Doggy Dashes, this year will be his third time competing. As a five and a half year old fluffball, this guy seems to be getting all the ladies with no problem. He loves being flashy and showing off his cute demeanor, but that doesn’t mean he’s not tough. Martinelli has hiked multiple 4,000+ foot mountains, so the Doggy Dash is just some light work for him. Watch out for him this year, he’s coming to steal the gold (and your girlfriend)!
Animal Medical Center Tips & Exercises for Your Dog
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10 Simple Exercises for your Dog
5 Tips to Prepare Your Dog for Exercise
In order to prepare your dog for exercise, it's important you follow these five simple tips recommended by Dr. Leilani Alvarez from The Animal Medical Center's Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness Service:
1. Always warm up your dog with a 10-minute walk prior to jogging or heavier exercise.
2. Train your dog gradually to increase the amount of time and intensity of exercise over several weeks, just as you would train yourself.
3. Stop exercise and let your dog rest anytime he is resisting you, unable to keep up or showing other signs of distress. Have your pet examined by a veterinarian to ensure exercise is safe for your dog.
4. Massage your dog and provide gentle passive range of motion (PROM) for all major joints. You may do this before or after exercise, and is most beneficial AFTER exercise. In a side-lying position, keeping the limbs parallel to the body, gently flex and extend each joint of the front and hind limbs. Follow these links to YouTube videos on forelimb PROM and hindlimb PROM.
5. Do not feed your dog a large meal for 2 hours prior to exercise. Exercising on a full stomach can predispose your dog to bloat, which can be life-threatening. Small and frequent amounts of water is fine, and important for proper hydration during exercise.
For more information, please call The Animal Medical Center at 212-838-7053 to schedule an appointment for a rehabilitation and fitness consultation.
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