Please scroll down for information on responsible dog ownership.


  • Advocating and educating the community about responsible dog ownership
  • Working with local vets and trainers
  • Supporting canine recreational programs and activities
  • Helping to maintain and expand Manchester's first community dog park

See our full calendar of events here.



Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend.

-Corey Ford


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a topic you

would like to see addressed?
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Socialization, exercise, and training all

contribute to a happy, well behaved dog.

Watch this page for articles and tips to help you and your dog.


The January, 2011 Newsletter is here!



Download the ASPCA's PetWeather iPhone and Android App for Free
The ASPCA's PetWeather App lets you know at a glance what kind of weather your furry friend can expect for your location, and will alert you if weather conditions make it uncomfortable or even dangerous for your pets to be outside.

For more pet care information,

check out the ASPCA’s web site at:



Have questions? Many of MDOG's Friends of the Canine Community are veterinarians and trainers. Please forward your questions to and we will try and post your question and answer on this page.

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*Please note that any information posted for Q&A is not a diagnosis and may not apply to every dog. MDOG always recommends that pet owners follow up with their vet or trainer for more specific information.


AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program

At the American Kennel Club, we're not just champion
dogs, we're the dogs' champion. We believe that all dogs
deserve training and a responsible owner and our goal is
to reward responsible dog ownership.

The AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program is designed
to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in
the community. This rapidly growing nationally recognized
program stresses responsible dog ownership for
owners and basic training and good manners for dogs.
All dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test may receive a
certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Find out more about the CGC Program by visiting
Learn where you can sign up for classes and testing here.


Did you know?

Dog Scouts is another resource for dog-related information. The Dog Scouts organization is dedicated to teaching all of us how to have a successful relationship with our dogs. Dogs can become "Scouts," earn merit badges and participate in scout troop activities! "Let us learn new things, that we may become more helpful" is the Dog Scout's Motto. Check them out at




encourages all owners to spay/neuter your pets.

Please click for information on the State Of Connecticut's FREE/low cost vet services for low-income families and the CT's Animal Population Control Programs.

Click here to go to application form.



Disaster Preparedness Quiz


Are You Prepared? Find out by answering these questions:

Imagine that a police officer knocks at your door.

A hurricane is quickly approaching, and you have 45 minutes to evacuate.

If You Have Pets:

  • Can you gather all your pets and put them into pet carriers in time?
  • Do you have carriers for all your pets?
  • Are all your pets wearing collars and ID tags with their name, your name, your telephone number, and an emergency telephone number?
  • If your cat escapes the cat carrier and becomes lost, could you provide a photograph?
  • Do you know where you can go with your pets in the event of an emergency evacuation?
  • Do you know of any animal-friendly motels nearby?
  • Do you know where your local emergency animal shelter is located?
  • Do you have your veterinarian's telephone number on your list of emergency numbers in case your dog or cat becomes ill?
  • Do you have a contingency plan to evacuate your pets if something happens when you are at work?
  • Where is your pet's disaster evacuation emergency "go kit"?

If You Have Horses:

  • Can you have your horses loaded on the trailer ready to leave in time?
  • Will your horse trailer hold all your horses?
  • Have you recently practiced trailering up your horse?
  • Is your horse wearing a halter with her name, your name, your telephone number, and an emergency telephone number on it?
  • Do you know where you can go with your horses in the event of an emergency evacuation?
  • Do you know where your local emergency equine shelter is located?
  • Do you have your horses' Coggins tests in your emergency packet to present to the officer at the emergency shelter?
  • When you arrive at the emergency shelter to pick up your horse after several days, could you provide identification photos and descriptions from your emergency packet to prove ownership?

If You Have Farm Animals:

  • Can you evacuate your animals in time?
  • Do you have a way to transport your animals?
  • Have you mapped out an evacuation route?
  • Do you have a safe place to shelter your animals on your property if you cannot evacuate them?
  • Do you have materials on hand to reinforce your barn and outbuildings?
  • Do you have a backup plan for feeding and watering your animals should your power supply be cut off?

If you answered "no" to any of these questions, click here to learn how you can be prepared.