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 2015 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!
2015 registration is now open! Click here to register.
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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Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-691-2200.
Special thanks to the following partners who will be providing treats to all 2015 AMC Doggy Dash finishers!
Bella - #101
This is not Bella’s first AMC Doggy Dash! As an avid fetch enthusiast, she’s used to long work-outs in the park, so taking down the hills of Central Park will be a breeze. In the 2013 race, she placed in the top 10 finishers. Last year she may have stopped at the half-way point to take a quick swim, but this year she plans to take the gold!
Maximus - #102
With a name like Maximus, how can he not love some competition? This Jack Russell gladiator is a seasoned runner and a veteran AMC Doggy Dash competitor. Maximus can handle any terrain as he and his owner often cruise for miles on park trails. Max can’t wait to show what he’s got at the AMC Doggy Dash and is racing for the win!
Cooper - #103
This little Chiweenie will be no weenie at the 2014 AMC Doggy Dash! Cooper is a running fanatic and his favorite spot is Central Park. Making his third appearance in this race, this little guy will be some competition.
Murdock - #104
One of our most seasoned runners, Murdock, has put 2,624 miles on those little white legs in the past year. The very experienced pup has run 56 Life Time races and has won 53 of them. Will the others let him have his 54th? Tune in for the 7th Annual Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash to find out!
Mabel - #105
Even though our next contestant will eat literally anything she’s handed, forget about trying to distract her on race day. When it comes to running races, Mabel is all about business and her elegant stride will be hard to miss. Mabel likes being the boss, so watch out on the course on race day!
Paco - #106
This is Paco’s second year competing in the AMC Doggy Dash. He has been sticking to an intense daily exercise regimen and a strict, no-carb diet with hopes of shaving a few minutes off of last year’s time. However, this is all just training for Paco as he is currently learning to ride a bicycle with the intentions of entering the NYC Triathlon next year!
Shea - #107
Hide your socks! When he’s not reaching in your underwear drawer, Shea enjoys running sprint-level intervals at the beach in training for the AMC Doggy Dash. To keep up with his busy social life, Shea has his own Instagram account and would love more followers, so feel free to stay after the race to get his account info.
Grayson - #108
We have a returning competitor here as Grayson took 5th in last year’s race. This year, he is running for the gold. A hopeless romantic and a dog who’s all about the bling, Grayson helped his Dad give his Mom the ring when they got engaged in the park. Don’t think he’s a softie though, Grayson will be one to beat this year!
Sheba - #109
Our next runner continually closes the gap between cats and dogs since her best friend is a feline. Sheba epitomizes the term “pampered pooch” as she has two painted portraits of herself in her owners’ home. She may live a life of luxury, but this doesn’t take away her competitive nature, Sheba is here for the win!
Nafeli - #110
Her name means “cloud” in Ancient Greek, but our next competitor won’t be too angelic on the race course. Nafeli has a big name to live up to, but she is in it to win it. With the almighty powers of her Ancient Greek predecessors on her side, expect to see this pup at the podium.
Maggie - #111
This dark beauty is competing this year with her sibling, and they are both racing for the win. Maggie can’t wait to race alongside her family, both human and dog. Maggie, Jagger Jr. and their two-legged partners train together, but there will be no allies come race day. Blood may be thicker than water, but a golden fire hydrant takes the cake!
Jagger Jr. - #112
Maggie’s lighter half, Jagger Jr., will not be cutting her sister any slack. Maggie thinks she has this race in the bag, but Jagger Jr. won’t settle for anything less than first place, even if it’s by a leash length.
Thunder - #113
Thunder is a Mini-Dachshund with a big name. She will be running as fast as lightening in the AMC Doggy Dash this year. She may have little legs, but she plans on leading the crowd on race day!
Jasper - #114
Jasper may be just a little guy, but don’t judge a dog by its puppy picture. He smiles whenever he sees someone he knows, but don’t underestimate his gentle nature. Jasper is a scrappy Jack Russell who isn’t afraid to leave all the others in the dust.
Tes - #115
Our next dog runs like the wind and loves to give high-five’s. Tes has her sights on a first place finish not for the trophy, but for the high-fives she’ll receive when she breaks the tape. She may look sweet, but she is ready to compete this year and give it her all.
Madame - #116
Madame is bringing a little southern attitude all the way to New York. This German Shepherd and Corgi mix is cool as cucumber when she wears her sunglasses. She was rescued from Missouri and plans on showing what a southern gal can do at the 2014 AMC Doggy Dash!
Buddy Jeffrey Francoeur Alvarado - #117
Buddy Jeffrey Francoeur Alvarado may sound like a mouthful, but this little mixed Terrier lives up to all four of his names. As his name suggests, he is friendly to both humans and animals, but he takes no prisoners out on the race course. Begrudgingly, Buddy has promised his owner he will smile politely as he passes all the other contestants.
Diego - #118
Watch out ladies, Diego is a ladies’ man and is not afraid to show it. This friendly giant is always ready for a game of fetch or a run in the park. This eligible bachelor is ready for the Doggy Dash and can’t wait to run alongside his owner. If this doesn’t work out for him, he plans to audition to be next on “The Bachelor.”
Bodhi - #119
Bodhi loves long runs on the beach and digging in the sand almost as much as he loves competing in the AMC Doggy Dash. His favorite game is tug-of-war with rope, but this time he hopes to play with the finish tape! This pup is calm, cool and collected, so his owner is hoping his swag gets him to finish first!
Ringo - #120
Who said chocolate isn’t good for dogs? Ringo once ate an entire bag of Valentine’s Day chocolates and lived to snack again. Not only is this dog a winner of dog vs. food, but he is fighting for the win in the AMC Doggy Dash. Ringo hates drama, so he’s asking everyone for a clean race.
Shadow - #121
Shadow can walk the walk, and talk the talk. She hopes to see everyone in her shadow as she pulls ahead at the 2014 AMC Doggy Dash. Shadow has spent months perfecting her strides in preparation for the big event. The finish line is the only thing that she wants to see in front of her on race day!
Miles - #122
Miles is running the miles for the win in this year’s Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash. His three favorite things are squeaky toys, raspberries and tummy rubs. Don’t underestimate this one, his sly and sneaky ways may just help him win the race!
Breezy - #123
Breezy’s confident she’ll breeze past the competition at the 2014 AMC Doggy Dash. She is a Border Terrier mix and was blessed with an affinity for running. She hopes all the other dogs remember her name as she passes them all on the course during race day! Five miles? What a breeze!
Pi - #124
This is Pi’s second consecutive Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash, but his owner’s first. His owner, Jamie, has been a vet for the past four years and has decided to join the movement and run with his pooch! This trilingual superstar is an expert potato hunter. When Pi is not traveling the world or hunting for starch, he enjoys the occasional radio talk to catch up on world events.
Daisy - #125
With a name as sweet as Daisy, how could she not be a family dog? This contestant loves to run almost as much as she loves her two-legged family. Daisy won’t just be daisy-pickin’ on race day, she is ready to run and can’t wait to see her fan club at the finish line.
Martinelli - #126
Uh oh, we have another ladies’ man on our hands. Martinelli is known to swoon the female pooches with his various tricks. Hopefully his running skills are as impressive as the new tricks, as nothing attracts the ladies more than a golden fire hydrant trophy on the mantle.
Papiko - #127
Our next veteran AMC Doggy Dasher is often mistaken for a lion and has the heart to match that description. Papiko can be found at your local park playing with children all day, or snuggling up to blonde women with hair almost as luscious as his own. Be careful though, he has been training for this race all year long and plans to impress everyone with his golden trophy!
Bailey - #128
Bailey hopes to have the luck of the Irish on race day. She is serious about winning this race and won’t let anything get in her way. Bailey is the silent but strong type, so make sure you keep an eye on this one!
Bean - #129
Born in the Wild Wild West, Bean knew she was a true New Yorker from the first time she peed on a crowded sidewalk. She’s a career-minded terrier, never missing a day of work in her nine years working for the New York City Triathlon. As the official race mascot, she snuggle tests every athlete t-shirt and gulps Gatorade before every training run. And don’t let her name fool you... she’s a Yankee fan for life.
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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