Training tip managing your lunging and barking dog: a three week reboot to get you back on track

This article appeared in the AKC Canine Partners News – online newsletter Fall 2015. I thought this was an interesting article, due to the fact that my dog had obedience training by the person mentioned in the Article Brian Burton, Co-founder of Instinct Dog Behavior & Training LLC in New York City.

Downtown Dog shares Site Suitability Analysis

theBattery_SiteSuitabilityFall2015As part of the ongoing dialog with the NYC Parks Department, the Downtown Dog NYC is making it’s Site Suitability Analysis results available for open comment by the public. This analysis utilizes a 3D model developed by the group, which includes NYC opendata as well as new GIS data collected in the field.

You can access the interactive study directly at this link:


–UPDATE– on the CB1 meeting held last night

IMG_2171 IMG_2174During and after the DDOG presentation, there was great feedback from CB1 and Commissioner Castro. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the previous 2010 resolution (which suggested that the Parks grant DDOG a trial off leash period) and Commissioner Castro, commented that he would take everyone’s comments and feedback under advisement and respond quickly. All in all, we received positive feedback from everyone.

Will keep you posted as we hear more….

Battery Park City Halloween Puppy Parade! Saturday Oct 31

Battery Park City Halloween Puppy Parade! Saturday Oct 31

Just a reminder that you should be getting those puppy costumes ready for the Fourteenth Annual BPC Dogs Halloween Puppy Parade, which will be held on Saturday, October 31, starting at noon, on the BPC Esplanade at the SOUTH Cove wooden arbor. The parade will proceed from the South Cove in a northerly direction on the Esplanade to the plaza area near the North Cove Marina (where the volleyball courts are usually set up) where your dog (and maybe you) will be judged on your costumes.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume – Large Breed; Best Costume – Small Breed; Best Owner & Dog Combo; Best Dog Team Costume.

A Tail-Wagging Contest for Small & Large Dogs will be held again this year.

We will also have a Raffle for exciting new prizes.

All dog owners and their dogs (in costume) should meet promptly at 11:50 a.m. on the Esplanade at the South Cove Arbor.

Downtown Dog – CB1 presentation

Downtown Dog finally got their day in front of the CB1.   We had a great turn out of supporters and we demonstrated a great unified front with our t-shirts on, we filled the room with almost all DDOG supporters.  Thank you all for taking the time to come and support Downtown Dog and our off leash efforts in Battery Park.  There was some great feedback from the Board as well as feedback from the representative for the Battery Conservancy.   Unfortunately, the Parks Dept was not represented during this meeting so we will be rescheduling the Downtown Dog Presentation for the next CB1 Meeting on November 4th.

Thank you Ben and Joe, and supporters for a dynamic presentation and for vocalizing our need to have a place not just for our dogs, but as a place for friends and family to gather and socialize.