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October 2018 Dog-Friendly Races

Looking for a dog-friendly race for your dog this October 2018? We’ve got the list for you, organized by region! This list is updated periodically. You may also search for events on our homepage by city, state, or type of running event (canicross, obstacle course, 5K, etc).

Please let us know if we are missing any events by suggesting an event! We will review and add it to our event listings as well as on this summary list.

If you are a Pawtivity member, you can save this article (click the paw) and come back to it later.

We want to make it easy for you to find your event so give us some feedback on how we can do this better. Let’s just get out there with our dogs!

Looking for more fall races? September 2018

Related Pawtivity / Event: Running, Canicross Race, Trail Running.


Before You Sign Up For A Race
Before you sign up your dog up for a race, get the ok from your vet. They can give also give you additional advice on training properly with your dog’s specific needs in mind. Puppies should not run until their skeletal system have matured. Short-faced dogs, senior dogs, and some very large breeds overheat quickly, need more frequent breaks, or run a shorter distance than other dogs.

General Racing Rules
Please consult official race guidelines for registration details and race rules.
• 4-6 feet non-retractable leashes on dogs at all times
• Dogs must usually be accompanied by an adult.
• All dogs must be spayed or neutered. None may be in heat.
• No aggressive dogs.
• Vaccinations are current, including rabies.
• You are responsible for your dog at all times.
• Bring your own water and poop bags. Not all races will provide this.
• Racers usually start after all other racers or at the back of a group of racers.
• It is poor etiquette to weave between racers with your dog.

Training With Your Dog
Are you just getting started running with your dog? Read our training tips in How To Train Your Dog To Run With You or consider our Couch to 5K Run/Walk Plan.


SEPTEMBER 2018 DOG FRIENDLY RACES

Northeast
10.6.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Washington DC / Silver Spring, MD
10.6.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – New York, NY
10.6.18 – Jersey Shore Animal Center’s 7th Annual Beach to Bay 5k – Mantoloking, NJ
10.13.18 – 2018 Pittsburgh Undy RunWalk -Pittsburgh, PA
10.13.18 – The Little Guild’s 5th Annual Run & Wag 5K – Cornwall, CT
10.14.18 – 9th Annual Paws & Claws 5K Run / Walk – Hopkinton, MA
10.20.18 – Runner’s World Dog Run – Bethlehem, PA
10.27.18 – Home At Last Dog Rescue Howloween 5K – North Wales, PA
10.28.18 – 32nd Annual Phoenixville Run – Phoenixville, PA

Midwest
10.6.18 – Anderson Humane Mutt Strut 5k& Dog Show – Lawrenceburg, KY
10.6.18 – Paws in the Park 5k Run/Walk for the Foundation for the BAHS – Boone, IA
10.6.18 – Run 4 Paws 5k & 2K Puppy Path – Downers Grove, IL
10.6.18 – 2018 Cincinnati Undy Walk – Cincinnati, OH
10.6.18 – Lake Perry Rocks! – Meridian, KS
10.13.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Delafield, WI
10.20.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Mokena, IL
10.20.18 – Paws For The Cause Walk/5K Run – Medina, OH
10.27.18 – Jog With Your Dog – Midland, MI
10.28.18 – Trick or Treat: 5K Night Trail Run – Kansas City, KS

South
10.6.18 – Mud Run Houston Fall 2018 – Houston, TX
10.6.18 – 5K Canine Mud Run & BBQ – Lewisburg, WV
10.13.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Houston, TX
10.13.18 – Rescue Me 5K – Charlotte, NC
10.20.18 – Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Coastal 5K & Doggie Dash – Myrtle Beach, SC
10.27.18 – 2018 Atlanta Undy RunWalk -Atlanta, GA
10.27.18 – Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl – Eureka Springs, AR
10.27.18 – Bark ‘n Dash 5K and Family Dog Walk – Annapolis, MD
10.27.18 – Mud Run DFW Fall 2018 – Lancaster, TX

West
10.6.18 – Tails on Trails / Oktoberfest – McCall, ID
10.7.18 – K9 Canter 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run – Westminster, CO
10.7.18 – Canine Classic – Greenough, MT
10.13.18 – Race For The Rescues – Los Angeles, CA
10.13.18 – Alaska Airlines Dawg Dash – Seattle, WA
10.20.18 – 4th Annual Yuba Dog Run – Levan, UT
10.20.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Los Angeles, CA
10.20.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Phoenix, AZ
10.21.18 – Columbia Gorge Marathon & Half Marathon – Hood River, OR


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Related Pawtivity / Event: Running, Canicross Race, Trail Running.
Activities: Running, Trail Running, Canicross, Obstacle Course, Mud Run, 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon, Fun Run, Doggy 5K, Doggy Run, Dog Friendly Race, Halloween, Costume

September 2018 Camping

Fall is coming. What better way to enjoy the cooler weather than to go camping with your dog!

Of course, you couldn’t go camping without going hiking, biking or playing in the water. Plan a real camping trip with your dog and create memories to last a lifetime!

Take a photo and upload to get points and placement on our leaderboard. Upload your photo to your social media account as well with #pawtivitypup to let others know where you went!

THIS MONTHLY CHALLENGE ENDS SEPTEMBER 30, 2018.

Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

Activities: Beach, Camping, Wilderness Camping, Beach Camping, Outdoor Play, Social, Water – Sports, Kayaking, SUP, Swimming, Canoeing, Boating, Fishing, Treats, Food, Training, Indoor Play, River Tubing, Hiking, Trail Running, Canicross, Biking

August 2018 Cooldown Fun

It’s hot out!

How are you keeping your dog cool this August?

Take a photo and upload to get points and placement on our leaderboard. Upload your photo to your social media account as well with #pawtivitypup to let others know where you went!

THIS MONTHLY CHALLENGE ENDS AUGUST 31, 2018.

Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

Activities: Beach, Beach Camping, Outdoor Play, Social, Water – Sports, Kayaking, SUP, Swimming, Beach Running, Dock Diving, Canoeing, Boating, Fishing, Treats, Food, Training, Indoor Play, River Tubing

Start and Finish Your Bucket List (Adventure List)

Everyone should have a bucket list. And we think every dog should have their own as well!

We give you our top reasons why you should start your own bucket list and tips for how to actually finish your list!

We hate the term “bucket list” because it implies that there is some finality to life. The definition of a bucket list according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying,” We would rather live our life as we want to every day and so we will call our “bucket list” our Adventure List instead.

Keep in mind that our Adventure List should not be a to-do list of daily tasks. It should include items of things that you want to do, not out of necessity but out of pure passion!

Don’t delay, just do it. Start jotting down your Adventure List today.


 

 

TOP REASONS TO START AN ADVENTURE LIST

 

Be Happy, Now

There are so many everyday distractions. We need a bucket list to keep us on track to what we really want to do, what makes us truly happy.

Don’t wait to do things on your adventure list or you may find yourself in a situation where you can’t actually do so anymore.

Get Your Weekly Revitalization

We all need some hobby, sport, project, or passion to keep our minds active and challenged. It’s also good to do something that you have control over, because there’s so much in our lives that we often don’t have any control of!

Doing something that you can call your own makes you more interesting as an individual. It also gives you a place to challenge yourself creatively, physically, and/or mentally. Do something for yourself! When you accomplish something, you build up confidence in yourself which carries on into so many other things in your life. You also create a de-stressor in your life.

Get your weekly revitalization in by doing something you love. Refresh your spirit.

Be Known For Something

What do you want to accomplish in your life? Whatever it is, you have to work towards it! So many of us focus on our jobs and career towards accomplishing things, but life isn’t all about your job. What else do you want others to recognize you by? It can’t just be all about your job.

Think about your hobbies and passions as something you need to build up. You can’t climb the tallest summit unless you start hiking more and at higher elevations. You have to start somewhere and climb yourself to the top step by step. In all, you have to start somewhere or you’ll never get to where you see yourself.

Meet Other People Like You

One of the best reasons to start your own adventure list is to find others, like you, who share your same interests. Once you get started, it’s so easy to meet others. You can only learn so much if you live in your own box. Get out of the box, open your eyes, and challenge yourself further!


HOW TO REALLY FINISH YOUR ADVENTURE LIST

 

1 Write It Down – The Most Important Step!

Brain dump! The first things you should do is to write down everything you want to do, even as farfetched as it may seem now. It may also help to categorize what type of activity each item belongs to so you can group items easily later.

In all, the main thing you need is a list! Find a system that works for you, whether it’s a bullet journal or a just piece of paper! Write your list somewhere you can always refer back to later.

 

In my Adventure List above, I jot down what I want to do, the associated category and who in my family I do the item with. The category I use for items related to Carmella, my dog, is the same as the special interest on Pawtivity – that way I can match up our items with our own Pawtivity lists. I note any relevant timelines. For example, I’ve always wanted to attend La Tomatina Festival in Spain, so I’ve noted that this is usually held in Late August.

I keep my list in Google Docs. My family and friends joke that I create all my lists in Google Docs, but it really does keep things organized and manageable! Plus, I won’t lose it and can access it anywhere with an internet connection.

I also save relevant pawtivities for Carmella on Pawtivity.com periodically so I can see who else is completing the same item. Sometimes it’s easier to do things by learning from others who have been there, done that! It’s nice to have somewhere to go to for advice.

2 Prioritize Your Adventure List By Category

Now, look at your Adventure List and prioritize them within each category from easiest to hardest. The easiest should be something that you can do this year with the least effort, training, or equipment. The hardest may require you to learn or do something before.

Now, you have a list that can serve as your main Adventure List. Refer back to it periodically and hang it up so you always remember to keep at it! Have a new item to add? It’s easy for me to add it in Google Docs!

3 Plan Out Each Season’s List Separately

Now that you have an Adventure List sorted by category, start creating your Season List. This is a list of everything you want to do for that particular season. We break up into season so that you won’t be overwhelmed by a long list. Start with a few and focus on those. Then, move on to the next.

Starting with the easiest items, start planning which ones you will do for the current season (Summer 2018) and beyond. Then, write down what month you plan to do that activity.

In my list, you can see that I’ve color coded each upcoming season. I’ve noted some items to do for Fall, Winter, and Spring but my main focus is the current season, Summer.

Think of any other requirements that are necessary to complete an item and add a new entry to your Season List. In my example above, I wanted to complete an Obstacle Race in Spring 2019, so included other items that would help me get there. I wrote “Training for Obstacle Course Race Mud Run” in a new Notes column on my sheet.

4 Book It – Fill Your Calendar

Now with your Season List in hand, start booking time in your calendar to accomplish everything! Write everything in your calendar, down to each training session. That way, you’ll make sure you blocked off time to accomplish everything on your list!

When I complete an entry, I move it to a Completed Adventure List. I love looking at my completed list from time to time because it’s a list of my lifelong accomplishments to date. They include things that I’m passionate about. Some of the items that are already on my list include: Run A Marathon, Cross-Country Roadtrip (US), and Learn To Dive.

5 Keep an Adventure List Photo Journal

Now that you’ve spent some time creating your Adventure List, it would be a shame not to document your experiences! The best way to do that is by taking photos!

At Pawtivity, we have created a system where you can track your adventures by uploading photos by special interest and date. You can keep an easy journal of your adventures on Pawtivity and meet other people who love to do what you do at the same time! We always think it’s more fun to do things with others and learn from others who have been there done that.

Share your adventure story with us and we will publish it on Pawtivity!

What do you really want to do? Stop delaying and create your adventure list to get you on the path to doing what you’ve always wanted to do.

Happy Adventuring,

Carol and Carmella
President & Pup, Pawtivity


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Chinese New Year Lion

How To Celebrate Chinese New Year With My Dog

Happy Chinese New Year! How fantastic that we are launching Pawtivity in the Year of the Dog! We can’t think of a better year to launch!

I am the founder of Pawtivity.com and also of Chinese ethnic descent. I’m actually an “ABC,” or American-born Chinese, so my family has always celebrated Chinese New Year with a little less fanfare than in Asia. It’s hard to do much when we still have to go to work on the holiday here in the United States. The Lunar New Year in Asia is a big deal. Some companies give 1-2 weeks off from work to allow families time to celebrate. Pretty sweet huh?

Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar and the date usually falls anywhere between late January and mid-February.  This year, Chinese New Year is on February 16, 2018. The new year ends with the Spring Lantern Festival on March 2, 2018. Each year represents one of twelve animal zodiac symbols that cycle every 12 years. For example, this year is the year of the dog. The next year of the dog will be in 2030. Travel China Guide has a great description of each zodiac symbol along with birth years.  Your birth year defines what symbol you are. If you were born in the year of the dog you are, “…independent, sincere, loyal, and decisive…” and have a “harmonious relationship with people around” you.

There are so many traditions and ways to celebrate Chinese New Year. Here are some tips on how I will be spending Chinese New Year and making it extra special for Carmella in honor of Year of the Dog.


How To Celebrate Chinese New Year With Your Dog

BEFORE THE NEW YEAR

 

Get A Grooming.

Book a haircut appointment before the new year on February 16. Trim your dog’s nails too or send them off to get pampered at the spa! It’s all for a bit of good luck. No one ever says no to good luck and to looking good right? Cutting your hair during the start of the new year means that you will be cutting your luck! Do not wear black or white! In China, those colors are actually associated with death.

Clean House.

A clean house means the entire house – every floor, dusty window, and of course your dog’s smelly, dander covered bedding and dirty toys. Have any old toys still in good shape that your dog no longer plays with? Donate them to a shelter who would love to have the extra toys for their dogs to play with. A clean house means that you throw out all your bad luck for good luck in the new year. Purchase a money tree, jade plant, or bamboo plant to place at the front door, in your office, or kitchen. Plants help signify a healthy year.

2016 was the worst year to clean my house. That was the year we hosted a Super Bowl party on the same day as Chinese New Year Eve. I don’t know if I was a strict host requiring my guests take their shoes off, but that’s normal for an Asian household! I remember doing some major last minute cleaning of party food before the clock struck twelve midnight. I even got my guests to help clean up. That may have been a little extreme, but I had my reasons and I was going to get a clean house! My husband would grin reading this.

Decorate With Red.

The easiest way to decorate with red is to get the Chinese character for Fu, which means good luck and happiness, and hang it upside down on your door. Don’t ask me why we hang it upside down, but we found an article on Linda Mandarin that sheds some light on this tradition. I personally like the second explanation as it involves princes and princesses.

Other than putting an upside down Fu on your door, you can create red paper cutouts to put on your windows. There are plenty of templates on Pinterest or go to Etsy to buy one ready to go. Red lanterns may also be put up.

I never go overboard with the decorating. I keep it pretty simple with my Fu and my plants. Many families also put out something for their ancestors like a bowl of oranges, little cups filled with rice wine, and other bowls filled with good eats. We bow in front of the offering as a way to remember our loved ones and honor them.

Eat Dumplings and Fish.

Dumplings are a sign of prosperity and eaten on New Year’s Eve. I think traditionally it’s said to be eaten at midnight, but we always eat this for dinner instead. My family makes hundreds of dumplings. We sit around a table with dumpling skins, meat filling, little bowls of water, spoons, and trays. Sometimes, we make handmade dumpling skins, which tastes so much better than pre-made dumpling skins. Finished dumplings go on trays to freeze, then transferred to bags to store for up to 2 months. It’s fun to have small family traditions, and this is one we all enjoy.

Looking for a dumpling recipe? You can find a great meat filling recipe on one of my favorite cooking blogs, The Woks of Life. They bravely name their recipe article, “The Only Dumpling Recipe You’ll Ever Need.” I actually have a secret recipe that my family loves, but comment below or email me if you want tips. One of these days I promise you I will put an article out (even on a dog website) on how to make my dumplings. Dumplings are traditionally filled with pork, but you can also make other fillings based on shrimp, beef, chicken, fish, mushroom or pumpkin and mix that in with vegetables and other ingredients to match.

As far as I know, dumplings are safe enough for dogs but I would only give them 1 or 2 dumplings. They do contain a tiny bit of garlic and green scallions. I have yet to develop a dumpling specifically for dogs, although that should not be hard at all! I think Carmella is pretty content already with my dumplings.

Fish is also eaten the day before new year’s, but don’t forget to save some fish to eat on the new year. This signifies that you will always be lucky and have an abundance of everything in the new year. We usually sit down at the table with both fish, but then wrap one up when we start eating to put in the fridge to eat on New Year’s Day. Fish can prepared any way, but keep in mind that you do need to have it in a state to eat the next day.

I like to steam 2 small fish on New Year’s Eve, cooked Cantonese style. I steam the entire fish with head on and rubbed down with ginger and salt inside and out. Inside I stuff with more ginger and green scallions slices. The basic sauce that goes on top of the fish is added after the fish is steamed. The sauce has a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil and other ingredients. Here is Woks of Life’s recipe for Cantonese Steamed Fish. When we sit down for New Year’s Eve dinner, we place both fish on the table (for show) and then put the one we eat the next day in the fridge when we are ready to eat.

There are so many other foods that you can eat, but my mother always had one dish made of each meat (fish, poultry, beef, and pork). Rice cake and glutinous rice balls are also popular to eat. I digress… besides dogs, cooking is my other love. Can you tell?


ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

 

Wear New and Red.

It’s time to go shopping! Wear new, red clothes on New Year’s Day. Red is for good luck and scares away bad luck. I have a new red bandana for Carmella, but you could also buy your dog a new red coat, collar, or harness.

Visit Family and Friends.

You may want to take your dog to the dog park or arrange a play date with another dog or your own family! We don’t live close to our entire family, but this year we have some of them coming over to celebrate the New Year with us! Carmella has some new people to play with! She is always ready to present them with a dog toy when they walk in the door! Carmella is usually fine with new people in the house after barking to let us know of their arrival and giving them the sniff down. Some pets do become stressed with a household of new people. If your dog is like this, you could arrange a “safe” room for your dog to stay where they will not be bothered.

Attend a Chinese New Year Celebration

Fireworks and firecrackers are always present at a Chinese New Year’s celebration, so if your dog is scared of the loud noise, find out what time they will set them off and make arrangements accordingly.

Instead of staying for the firecrackers, you could purchase some confetti poppers or sparklers and keep the celebration at home.

Near the San Francisco area? Each year, San Francisco holds one of the largest Chinese New Year parades in the country. This year, the event is on February 24.

Give a Red Envelope.

Red envelopes are given to kids or anyone younger than you. Traditionally, we give money but dog’s don’t use money. For Carmella, she would be happier getting some lucky “candy” or treats in her envelope!


SPRING LANTERN FESTIVAL

 

The conclusion of the new year ends on March 2, with the Spring Lantern Festival. If you can go to an event that allows you to set off your own lit lantern into the night sky, go! It’s such a gorgeous site to see so many lanterns in the sky. In the day time, there may be some lion dance demonstrations that you can attend.

 

What did you end up doing for Chinese New Year? Share a photo with the Pawtivity community here. (link to Chinese New Year Event.


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Doggie Halloween Costume

Wear A Halloween Costume

It’s Halloween! There are so many events and opportunities to dress up your dog for Halloween this Fall!

Take a picture of your dog in his costume! What is he? If he’s part of a group costume, take a picture of the whole group!

 

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Activities: Halloween, Dress Up, Just For Fun

Dog Outside with Stuffed Sheep Animal

Take Sheep

This is a cute game for the family border collie – one who was bred to herd sheep but will never really do so. Or course you don’t have to have a border collie to play this game!

Find an object, like a stuffed sheep toy, and have your dog take the sheep by holding it in your hand in front of your dog. If your dog already knows the command for “take” you can use it here. When your dog takes the sheep, praise him with praise, play, or treats. It may help to reward as soon as your dog moves toward, sniffs, or touches the toy. Then, reward only when he makes slow progress towards actually taking the toy. Once your dog knows to “take” the toy, replace “take” with “sheep” (or other appropriate word). Now you are teaching your dog some vocab! Make the game extra fun by hiding the sheep and having your dog find his sheep. Dogs are great at sniffing out their toys, especially if they’ve already slobbered over it!

Take a picture of your dog with his sheep.

 

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Activities: Indoor Play, Just For Fun

Take Your Dog To A Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Fall is here! It’s the season for a great pumpkin search! There are several dog friendly pumpkin patches. Pick out the best pumpkin to carve at home and enjoy some carmel apples, cider, and pumpkin pie while you are at it! End the day by watching the classic, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” with your dog.

Looking for a pumpkin patch? Look for a Pawtivity event under Just for Fun, or search for “Pumpkin Patch” in the search bar! Many small farms don’t “advertise” as pet friendly but may let you bring your dog. Just call them to find out. Most close by Halloween.

Share a photo of your dog at the pumpkin patch! Did you guys have fun?

 

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Activities: Halloween, Pumpkin Patch, Costume

Take Your Dog To A Corn Maze

Corn Maze

Dog have a good sense of smell? Take him to a corn maze and have some fun finding your way out! There’s no better way to celebrate the fall season and Halloween!

Snap a photo of your dog sniffing his way out!

 

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Activities: Halloween, Corn Maze, Costume

Guilty

Is it obvious when your dog does something bad? Do dogs know when they have done something bad? You betcha – there’s scientific proof out there!

Take a photo of your dog’s shameful deed. What did you dog do?

 

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Activities: Just For Fun, Photo