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Board of Directors
Mary Ann Cardinale
Daniel Simpson Jr., CPA
Chris Fabacher, DVM
NOLA City Bark Coordinator
Visiting NOLA and need a temporary permit?
If you are visiting our city or have out-of town guests coming to our city for vacation, you can purchase a temporary pass for three days for $10 or a 14-day pass for $15.
COME WHEN CALLED: An Essential Dog Park Skill
By Gallivan Burwell, CTC, CPDT-KA
If your dog comes flying to you every time you call his name - even when he’s deeply involved in playing with his dog pals – Congratulations! You can now pass this paper on to the person standing there yelling “BONGO! BONGO! COME! COMEONBOY! COMEHERE! BONG BONGO BONGO!!” while Bongo completely ignores him.
If not, you & your dog are lacking a critical piece of the skill set necessary to be a good City Bark citizen. If your dog doesn’t come when you called, how are you going to get him away from trouble, or even leave the park without leashing him?
The rule prohibiting your dog being on-leash inside the park is to protect you from the unwanted attention of unleashed dogs who are stimulated & emboldened by your dog’s movements being restricted, while theirs are not. You might as well paint a bright red target on him.
This step by step “No Fail Come When Called Plan” was written by Jean Donaldson, director of the Academy for Dog Trainers. If you follow it to the letter, your dog will learn to come. Start at the beginning & don’t go on to the next step until your dog can perform the step without an error 10 times in a row.
REMEMBER! Never call your dog to punish him, no matter what. You’re competing with the whole wide world for his attention, so waggle your butt, make squeaky, happy sounds, clap your hands; whatever it takes. YOU CAN’T TRAIN THIS & MAINTAIN YOUR DIGNITY, SO GET OVER IT.
LASPCA Mardi Gras Bead Dog Sculpture
The NOLA City Bark Board came together to purchase the LASPCA Mardi Gras Bead Dog sculpture, "Pick Me...Pick Me". Each bead on the sculpture showcases a portrait of the board member's dogs painted by Baton Rouge artist, Kathy Miller Stone. The unique piece will join 50+ sculptures that will be on display in the Greater New Orleans area until September all benefiting the programs of the LASPCA. More info is at www.la-spca.org/pawsonparade.
Rain or Shine at the Dog Park?
Don't forget to check out NOLA City Bark's very own weather station. You can get current temperatures, wind speeds, dew points etc. Thanks to permit holder, Chris Berthaut.
This Fall NOLA City Bark hosted Safety Week to provide members with information about best practices to make the park experience a good one for canines and humans alike. The article below is the first in a series that will be posted. It is based on information in the safety handbook
What Good Play Looks Like
When dogs interact at NOLA City Bark they often play-bow, paw at each other and bounce around like puppies. Their bodies look relaxed, rather than stiff, and they might make “play faces” (hold their mouths open and look like they’re smiling).
During play, the dogs may also growl playfully and open their mouths wide, exposing their teeth and pretending to be ferocious. They may switch roles so that one dog is sometimes on top when wrestling and sometimes on her back, sometimes chasing and sometimes being chased, sometimes pouncing and sometimes getting pounced on. All of these behaviors are natural and healthy and part of good play.
Frequently the dogs may also switch games - alternating between stalking and chasing each other, wrestling and rolling around on the ground, mouthing on each other, playing with toys, and taking breaks to drink water or sniff around. As the dogs run and wrestle, you may notice them pausing or freezing frequently for just a second or two before launching back into the game. These little pauses and breaks in play are natural and help ensure that play doesn’t get out of hand.
Here’s some advice on deciding if your dog is
dog-park-ready from animal behaviorist
Ryan Andree of Welcome to the Dog House:
Hours of Operation:
Year round hours: 5:30am - 9pm.
The park will continue to be closed for maintenance on Tuesday, 5:30am-1pm.
Monday 5:30 AM – 9 PM
Tuesday 1 PM – 9 PM
Wednesday to Sunday 5:30 AM – 9 PM
Welcome to NOLA City Bark!
New Orleans' Premier Dog Park
Our excellent dog park includes these wonderful features:
4.6 landscaped acres in beautiful City Park
Separate play areas for small & big dogs
Howdy entrance gates
Water fountains for dogs & humans
An event lawn and a .25 mile walking trail
Mutt Mitts for clean-up
NOLA City Bark is a 4.6 acre plot located in beautiful City Park behind
Popp Fountain. The property is bounded by Zachary Taylor Drive , Diagonal
Drive, and Magnolia Drive. A map and driving directions to NOLA City
Bark appear below.
From City Park Avenue, take Marconi Drive past Tad Gormley
Stadium. Go under the I-610 overpass and take an immediate right turn
on Zachary Taylor Drive (Zachary Taylor is the road that runs between
Popp Fountain and I-610).
NOLA City Bark property is right behind Popp
Fountain. You can also reach Zachary Taylor Drive from Wisner at Pan
Advice from the CDC on how to prevent spread of salmonella
from pets to human and vice versa
The CDC said parents could take some simple steps to
keep themselves and their pet-loving children safe:
Regularly wash your pet’s feeding bowls to prevent growth
Thoroughly wash your hands and your children’s hands with
soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after handling dry pet
foods, including pet treats.
Avoid letting any human food and utensils come into contact with
Make sure to thoroughly clean any counters and utensils you use
to prepare your pet’s dinner.
Handle litter boxes carefully, and always thoroughly wash your
hands and keep the area around the litter box clean.
Hours of Operation:
5:30 AM – 9 PM
– 9 PM
5:30 AM – 9 PM
Photos from the
NOLA City Bark
March 27, 2010