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DogAbility Center

Canine-Assisted Activities

for children & adults of all abilities

PO Box 7437 Hicksville, NY 11802-7437
info@dogabilitycenter.org
(516) 387-0066

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August 14, 2016

Happy 6th Birthday, Alexander!

What a fabulous time we had today at this Pooch Party!

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August 10, 2016

Look for DogAbility Center this week on Optimum's News 12 with Ken Grimball.

You can view the news report here.

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August 9, 2016

Today we welcomed back the participants from Family Residences (FREE).

We had a great time with old and new friends.

We're looking forward to their next visit at the end of the month!

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August 6, 2016

Celebrating Kathryn's 11th birthday today with a fun-filled Pooch Party!!

The guests had a wonderful time with our dogs!

July 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Kevin & Ryann!

We had a great time at the Pooch Parety today!

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July 19, 2016

The kids from Roslyn High School's RAISE Program attended an enjoyable and educationall session today.

July 14, 2016

Today we had a visit from the kids at SIBs Place.

We are so pleased to be able to provide a much-needed respite for these families in need.

 July 12, 2016

Today we met another group from Family Residences (FREE).

Both dogs and humans had a great time!

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June 30, 2016

We are so pleased to have a visit from the residents of the Bristal Assisted Living in Massapequa.

We are looking forward to their next visit in July!

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June 26, 2016

Everything Special Needs came back again today for another Play Date.

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June 25, 2016

Happy 75th Birthday, Charles!

Even adults can have a Pooch Party at Dogagbility Center.

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June 15, 2016

Today we had a visit from some Levittown HS students.

The kids and dogs really had a good time.

If you are involved with a school or organization, contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org to schedule a session.

June 5, 2016

Another Pooch Party today -- this time for twins Kaitlyn & Kristen.

Contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org for information about having your child's birthday party at DogAbility Center.

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June 4, 2016

Happy 2nd Birthday, Terrence!

What a great Pooch Party we had today!

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May 27, 2016

Today we had a visit from the kids at the Forest Road School in Valley Stream.

We love meeting new people and making new friends!

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May 26, 2016

Daisy Scout Troop #3300 visited us today to earn a merit badge.

They learned all about pet care and what therapy dogs do.

      

 May 22, 2016

Today we celebrated Eliza's 12th birthday.

We met some future dog trainers in this group of young ladies.

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May 21, 2016

Tonight the Long Island Children's Choir held a benefit concert for DogAbility Center.

The performance was wonderful!

The children also donated toys and treats for our dogs.

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May 18, 2016

James Allen Jr/Sr HS travelled back to us once again.

These students learned a lot today about therapy dogs.

May 14, 2016

Today we celebrated Remy's 7th birthday.

What a great party!

        

May 7, 2016

The Little Village School visited us again today.

We have such a great time with these little guys!

               

May 5, 2016

We're sending a BIG thank you to the kids from the SEAL Program at Great Neck Schools.

They came today to bring a donation from the proceeds of their school cafe.

    

May 3, 2016

Another visit today from EPIC-LI.

We were glad to see these guys once again.

May 1, 2016

Long Island Tourette Syndrome Association came back for another visit.

It was good to see old friends again -- and meet some new ones!

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April 28, 2016

Day 3 - Spring Break Fun Days!

We had a great time this week!

Hope you can join us next time.

Follow us on Facebook to get updates about our sessions.

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April 27, 2016

Day 2 - Spring Break Fun Days!

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April 26, 2016

Day 1 - Spring Break Fun Days!

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April 23, 2016

DogAbility Center hosted a very special session for a very special group of families from North Babylon schools.

The Superintendent even showed up to join in on the fun!

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April 21,2016

Today we met with Junior Scout Troop #1357.

They learned so much with our dogs and handlers that they were able to earn a merit badge.

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April 20, 2016

Girl Scout Cadette Troop #67 visited DogAbility Center today.

They worked hard learning about how we train our dogs.

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April 18, 2016

We are SO happy to announce that DogAbility Center is the winner of the Long Island Children's Choir 2016 Partner Grant!

Stay tuned for further details about the upcoming fundraising concert.

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April 16, 2016

Celebrating Justin's 6th birthday with a Pooch Party!

Everyone had a fabulous time!

What a great way to spend the day!

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April 10, 2016

Daisy Scout Troop #3315 came to vist.

The girls had so much fun putting costumes on our dogs!

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April 9, 2016

The kids from the Little Village School were here today.

Lots of activity and lots of fun!

We're looking forward to their next visit.

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April 8, 2016

A teen group from Sunshine Prevention Center came today to find out about what we do at DogAbility Center.

They learned how we train our activity therapy dogs.

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April 6, 2012

Today we were visited by Bethpage's Central Boulevard School.

The kids had a wonderful learning and recreational experience.

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April 2, 2016

Today we had a Pooch Party for Nathan's 6th birthday.

The kids and dogs had so much fun!

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April 1, 2016

The students from James Allen Jr/Sr HS visited us today while traveling in the community.

We met some future dog trainers in this group!

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March 31, 2016

Great Neck School District visiting once again.

The kids learned how to interact safely with our dogs.

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March 19, 2016

Pooch Party today for Allie's 7th birthday!

Great kids -- great dogs -- great fun!

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March 18, 2016

DogAbility Center was pleased to host this month's meeting of the Child Champions Network!

March 16, 2016

Our canine ambassadors attended Diverse-Ability Day at the Huntington YMCA.

We met a lot of people and made some new friends!

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March 13, 2016

The boys from Cub Scout Den #600 and their siblings came to visit!

They had a lot of fun while learning all about how therapy dogs help people.

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March 12, 2016

We hosted Samara's Pooch Party today!

Kids and dogs together -- nothing's better than that!

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March 6, 2016

What a special day today!

The kids from Everything Special Needs visited DogAbility Center for one of their "Planned Play Dates."

Kids, parents, dogs and volunteers all had a great time!

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March 5, 2016

We went in two directions today -- one table at the Long Island Pet Expo -- one table at the Hicksville School District Wellness Fair.

So many people came to visit.

Were you one of them?

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March 4, 2016

Great Neck High School back again!

They had a great time learning how to train our dogs!

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February 28, 2016

We had a wonderful time with a group of Scouts today!

Some old and new friends came to visit.

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February 27, 2016

King Charles Cavaliers came to visit us today.

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February 18, 2016

Day 3 - School Break Fun Days!

We had such a wonderful time this week!

Look for these sessions again during Spring Break.

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February 17, 2016

Day 2 - School Break Fun Days!

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February 16, 2016

Day 1 - School Break Fun Days!

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February 14, 2016

Team Time with our Canine Activity Therapy Teams!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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We hope you watched us on the "Long Island Medium" last night!

      

February 11, 2016

Another visit from our friends at Family Residences today.

We made some new friends and had lots of fun!

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February 9, 2015

Hanging with our pals from AHRC today.

They brought us homemade biscuits for our dogs!

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And later, a visit with the guys from EPIC-LI.

February 7, 2016

Cub Scout Den #603 is in the house!

What's more fun than playing with kids and dogs?

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February 6, 2016

Sass and Vicki were interviewed on Long Island News Radio this morning.

Little Annie came along for the ride.

We hope you tuned in to hear the show!

February 4, 2016

We had a great visit with the folks from Family Residences today.

There were some talented dog "trainers" in attendance!

               

February 2, 2016

Today we had a visit from Great Neck HS students.

We made new friends and everyone had lots of fun!

               

Then, this evening, some of our dogs attended the Garden City School Distict Transition Fair... and worked the table like pros!

January 30, 2016

Brownie Troop #3330 is in the house!

So much fun, learning and laughter today!

These young scouts are on their way towards earning their Pet Care badge.

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January 27, 2016

This group of Great Neck High Schoolers enjoyed themselves so much that they came back for a second visit!

Today they met some of our new dogs.

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January 26, 2016

We had another visit from the Great Neck Outdoor Education Program.

This time the High School kids helped our dogs with their tricks.

Great job by all!

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January 20, 2016

Today the Great Neck Outdoor Education Program was back again to visit us. 

The second and third graders had such fun wth our dogs!

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January 19, 2016

Another visit from the Middle School kids and teachers in the Great Neck Outdoor Education Program.

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January 16, 2016

Fun with some old friends ... and our Blondies!

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January 14, 2016

Today we had a visit from James Allen Jr/Sr High School.

Even big kids have a great time with our dogs!

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January 13, 2016

Another visit from Great Neck School District.

We made a lot of new friends today!

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January 12, 2016

Welcome back Great Neck Outdoor Education Program!

We had a wonderful time with the K-3 kids!

Even the Principal joined in on the fun!

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January 10, 2016

We had a wonderful session today with some old and new friends!

Please contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org if your child would like to join in on the fun.

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January 9, 2016

Another visit from the Girl Scouts today!

This time we had great fun and learning with Cadette Troop #1445.

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January 7, 2016

Tonight we visited North Babylon's SEPTA group to introduce them to DogAbility Center.

The dogs and kids had fun learning about each other.

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Once again we hosted a visit from the Great Neck Outdoor Education Program today.

This time we worked with students from the Middle School.

Some were old friends from last year that were happy to be back.

January 6, 2016

Great Neck Outdoor Education Program was back again to visit us.

The 3rd and 4th grade students had a great time with our dogs!

January 5, 2016

Sergio was once again at the helm for another Fear of Dogs session.

He did a great job in engaging and making this young girl comfortable with his presence.

January 3, 2016

Our dogs Evee and Harper helped out today at a private session.

Thanks for your hard work!

January 1, 2016

2016

December 20, 2015

Happy 9th Birthday, Sarah!

Another great day at DogAbility Center!

December 19, 2015

Happy 8th Birthday, Delilah!

We are so glad we were able to make your party a success!

December 13, 2015

Another enjoyable visit from the Cub Scouts today!

If you know of a Scout group that might be interested in visiting us at DogAbility Center contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org for further information.

December 12, 2015

Today was session three of our three-part series for teens and young adults with special needs.

Good friends and good fun!

We hope to see everyone again soon!

December 10, 2015

Cub Scout Den #436 visited us at DogAbility Center today.

The boys had a great time working with our dogs.

December 9, 2015

We are happy to announce that DogAbility Center has been granted nonprofit status from the IRS!

Visit our GoFundMe page to make a 100% tax-deductable donation to our cause.

Any amount is truly appreciated.

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December 6, 2015

A group of teens from the Adler Center visited us today.

We were happy to make a bunch of new friends!

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December 5, 2015

Today we had session two of the three-part series for teens and young adults with special needs.

There was much activity and lots of fun!

December 3, 2015

Thanks to Sergio, our FOD pro -- we helped a young girl on the way to overcoming her fear of dogs.

November 30, 2015

We had a visit today from Girl Scout Cadette Troop #2407.

They are on their way to earning their Animal Helpers merit badge.

November 28, 2015

Today was session one of a three-part series for teens and young adults with special needs.

The participants got to socialize with each other and learn about canine care and behavior.

November 23, 2015

Welcome once again Great Neck School District Outdoor Education Program!

Our dogs had a wonderful experience with the 4th and 5th grade students who attended today.

November 21, 2015

Happy Birthday, Sabrina!

Another successful Pooch Party!

Does your child LOVE dogs?

Please contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter to book a Pooch Party for your child. 

November 19, 2015

Tonight was the final session of our third series of DogSmart classes.

Stay tuned for news of series number 4 to begin shortly.

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November 15, 2015

Two successful private sessions today.

Thanks to our hard-working dogs - Chrsitopher, Indi. Mischa, Cooper, Mia, Mellow and Chance!

November 14,2015

Happy Birthday, Kevin! 

We hosted a surprise party today with help from Marina.

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November 12, 2015

Antoher visit from the Girl Scouts today. 

The girls from Troop #3367 learned about therapy animals and how they are trained.

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November 11, 2015

Girl Scouts visting us once again -- this time Troop #841.

So much learning and fun rolled into one activity session!

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November 8, 2015

We had SO much fun today celebrating Grace's birthday!

The kids and dogs worked hard and played even harder!

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November 4, 2015

Today our dogs worked with Girl Scout Troop #3054.

They learned all about how therapy dogs help people in need.

They are on their way to earning a merit badge!

November 1, 2015

Many of our dogs joined us today at the Old Westbury Gardens Dog Days.

We met many new friends and hope to bring on several new dog teams at DogAbility Center.

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October 29, 2015

A group from Robert Wager High School came to visit today.

Even big kids have a great time at DogAbility Center!

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October 28, 2015

Today we had a visit from Garden City High School students as a culminating activity for their animal behavior unit.

They were able to put into practice all they had learned!

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October 25, 2015

At today's session we met some new friends who came to DogAbility Center for the first time.

They got to meet Christopher and Willie, the Lobster!

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Later on, one of our participants who is hearing impaired, met Mya, our deaf dog. A great bond was formed between the two!

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October 24, 2015

It was an exciting day at Nassau County's Barkfest in Eisenhower Park.

Many of our dogs were there to join in on the fun!

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October 17, 2015

We made many new friends today at the Fall Fair at Trinity Lutheran Church.

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October 1, 2015

Another Fear of Dogs session today. Great progress was made!

September 30, 2015

Brownie Troop #3653 came to visit DogAbility Center today. They learned so much about canine care and had lots of fun!

They are on their way to earning their merit badges!

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September  27, 2015

So much fun at Grace's Pooch Party today!

For information on having your child's party at DogAbility Center email us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org.

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September 24, 2015

Two events at DogAbility Center today! First, another Fear of Dogs session with Christopher and Mia presiding.

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Then, the first session of DogSmart classes with special surprise guests!

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September 19, 2015

Lots of fun today at Cooper's Pooch Party birthday ... kids & dogs alike!

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September 17, 2015

Meet Sergio -- the newest member of our FOD Squad (Fear of Dogs)!

Our Fear of Dogs program has had a 100% success rate in helping individuals of any age to overcome their fear enough so that they can acquire a dog of their own, run to greet one at the bus stop, actually relax and trust being a dog's company, and understand their body language and how wonderful so many of them really are.

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September 13, 2015

We hope you had a chance to visit with us today at the Mineola Street Fair!

Look for us next month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Fair.

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August 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Karlyn! What a great Pooch Party today!

All the children and dogs had a wonderful time!

If you're looking for an unforgettable birthday celebration, consider a tail-waggin' Pooch Party at DogAbility Center!

Karlyn's Pooch Party

August 25, 2015

Today we welcome a new Activity Therapy dog to our family -- another Daisy!

AND we brought on a new puppy-in-training -- Daytona!

Come down and meet our new additions!

August 16, 2015

FUN, FUN, FUN at today's activity session with a group of some old and new friends! 

We're looking forward to our new Fall season. 

Join our mailing list to keep advised of the upcoming schedule.

August 15, 2015

We had a great day today at the Broadway Mall's Back to School Kids Event!

There was music, dancing, face painting, free food, puppets and our dogs!

We are looking forward to going again next month. Won't you join us?

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August 13, 2015

It took a long time -- but we finally got our new front window installed!

We are so happy to be able to see the light once again!

August 12, 2015

So many budding artists appeared at DogAbility Center tonight to take part in our Paint Night event.

A great time was had by all! 

A BIG thank you to Jeanne for making the arrangements.

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August 9, 2015

We had a busy day at the Bizzydoo Kids Fest at the Long Island Hilton! We met so many new friends!

Thank you to our wonderful dog teams for making the day so special!

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August 4, 2015

We had a special visitor at DogAbility Center today - Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium stopped by with her family and dogs!

Bubba and Louie did a great job working on our activity course. 

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August 3, 2015

We had an important and productive meeting today with the folks at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville!

Stay tuned for some very exciting news!

August 2, 2015

What a GREAT day today at the Massapequa Park Street Fair! Christopher met a lot of new friends and admirers.

Look for us next weekend at the Bizzydoo Kids Fest.

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July 26, 2015

Today we celebrated Ilana's 6th birthday at DogAbility Center -- and got two thumbs up from the party girl! Everyone -- kids, dogs & adults had a wonderful time!

Contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org if you are interested in booking a Pooch Party for your child.

July 21, 2015

Welcome to Jameson, our newest CATT in training. If you want to meet the newest members of the DogAbility Center team, come down to participate in an activity session.

July 19, 2015

We hope that you were able to visit us at the Hicksville Summer Street Fair today. Thanks to our dogs Eli, Willie, Lil, Mia and Christopher for braving the heat and spending some time with us there. Look for our picture in the next issue of the Hicksville Illustrated News!

July 17, 2015

A BIG welcome to a new little fellow! Just 11 weeks old, Clyde is already a champion of our "Right From the Start" puppy traiining program! Watch what he learned on his very first day!

July 16, 2015

Today we welcome three new CATTs who have joined our program -- Mya, Mia and Mellow. We can't wait for our participants to meet you!

July 12, 2015

We met several new friends today at DogAbility Center -- both kids and dogs had a great time! We're looking forward to working with everyone again soon!

Watch a short video here of Ugo playing fetch with one of our boys.

If you are interested in participating in one of our activity sessions, please contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org to register.

July 11, 2015

Today was an exciting day at DogAbility Center! 

We are pleased to have hosted a Canine CPR and First Aid Training class, where participants learned the life-saving skills needed to help their pets in an emergency. Thank you to Tom of Paws N Claws 911 for providing this important training.

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Also, today some of our volunteers and therapy dogs attended "Learn About Pets Day" at the  East Measdow Public Library where they were the stars of the show! Thank you to Jude for inviting us to participate in this community event.

July 6, 2015

We are thrilled to welcome 4 new Canine Activity Therapy Teams (CATTs) to our program. Cooper, Becca, DJ and Teddy began their training today at DogAbility Center. These dogs and their handlers are eager to participate in our upcoming sessions and events.  Look out for them when you attend.

You can see photos of all our therapy dogs on this website. Click the "About" button, then "Dogs" to view their portraits.

Once again, if you have a dog that you think would be a great addition to our program and would like to arrange for an evaluation, contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org to schedule an appointment.

July 1, 2015

Those canine teams who couldn't make it to our Open House on Sunday joined us today. We're so happy that 4 additional canine teams have "passed" their aptitude evaluations and are now on their way to becoming Certified Activity Therapy Teams for DogAbility.

Register for one of our summer sessions to meet and work with our new dogs! They are eager to meet and play with you!

If you have a dog that you think would be a great addition to our program and would like to arrange for an evaluation, contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org to schedule an appointment.

June 27, 2015 

In addition to meeting many new participants at our Open House, we are delighted that 5 new canine teams have "passed " their aptitude evaluations and are now on their way to becoming Certified Activity Therapy Teams for DogAbility. We look forward to having all of them participating in our upcoming sessions.

Thank you to all of our dedicated and hard-working volunteers for all their time and effort. We want to especially thank Joanne from Macaroni Kid-Hicksville for helping to make this event successful with advertising and gifts. Also, a huge shout-out goes to Mike of Minutman Press for his gift certificate donation for the Chinese auction and to George of Chroma Paint for his colorful donation that helped us to spruce up our walls.

An activity session is being held on Sunday, July 12th for children of assorted ages. Please contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org if your child is interested in attending.

Keep checking back to see what else is upcoming at DogAbility Center. Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

June 20, 2015

We met may new friends at our session today, in addition to welcoming back some old friends. 

REMEMBER - DogAbility Center is open all summer for individual and group acitivities! Please contact us at info@DogAbilityCenter.org to reserve your space for fun and games!

June 19, 2015

Another joyful Pooch Party today at DogAbility! This one for Antonia and her friends. All the kids and dogs had so much fun!

June 13, 2015

Great fun was had by all today at Rosie's Pooch Party! If you're looking for a wonderful and innovative party experience for your child, check out our Pooch Party page for further information.

June 8, 2015

There was an accident out front of the DogAbility Center this morning. An out-of-control vehuicle crashed through our front glass window! Lucky for us, no dogs or people were harmed! However, our newly-decorated store front window now sports a huge wooden board. Never fear - we are still open for business while we await repairs.


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