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Barking Day Celebration

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

It’s a celebration that’s for the DOGS & the people who love them.

Join us for fun canine-centric events like…

  • Dog Basic Training Group Mini Classes + private Behavior Consultations + Doggie Obedience competitions (with prizes) by Amanda Gagnon Dog Training (12:30-3:30pm),
  • Mobile Dog Adoptions (& cats & other animals) & Pet Food & Supply Drive by the NYCACC  (12-4pm),
  • “Paw Readings” by Olivia LaBarre find out what’s on your dog’s mind with a 20-minute professional animal communication session (readings 12:30-3:30pm, with a 30 minute break from 1:30-2pm),
  • Pet Portraits done by sketch artists (12-4pm),
  • canine-themed craft project for kids of all ages (12-3pm),
  • a Dog Ugly Sweater Costume Contest with prizes (3:30pm),
  • & more!

Barking Day Flyer – English

Barking Day Flyer – Espanol



Amanda Gagnon, MS, CDBC, CCPDT

Founder and Training Director at Amanda Gagnon Dog Training on W85th Street.


12:30 – First Mini-class: Stay

1pm – Competition: Stay Competition

1:30 – Second Mini-class: Impulse Control (“Leave it!”)

2pm – Competition: Leave it competition.

2:30pm – Third Mini-Class: Leash Walking Hacks

3:00pm – Last Competition: Red Light/Green Light –  3 – heats

Classes are open to all so please arrive on time for the one(s) you’re interested in.

Competitions are fun little contests & anyone can join whether you were part of the class or not. And they’re each a chance for you to win prizes.

Amanda Gagnon is an anthrozoologist, dog behavior consultant, and dog trainer. Her first apartment in Manhattan was on 103rd street, and she is proud to support Park to Park 103!!!

Amanda is the founder and training director at Amanda Gagnon Dog Training, where she teaches apprenticeship programs, conducts training programs for shelters and rescues, and researches dog-human cultures around the world. Her favorite thing to do is to work directly with humans and dogs during her group classes, private training sessions, and online courses. She is routinely featured in major shows and publications including; Good Morning America, Inside Edition, News Week, and Fox and Friends. She is a sought after speaker for corporate lectures, dog training conferences, and international workshops.


We’re very big fans of the dedicated team at the Animal Care Centers of NYC & we’re so happy they’ll be on-site with us at Barking Day!

Mobile Adoptions – the Adoption Truck will be easy to spot, parked on the SW corner of 103rd Street (off Broadway). Step right up to meet new friends & maybe adopt or foster the newest member of your family. There will be dogs AND cats and small companion animals there who can’t wait to meet you!

Check out these cuties all waiting for their perfect forever home. How do you choose when they’re all so lovable?

Pet Food & Supplies Drive – the ACC will be accepting donations on the Adoption truck. It’s all going back to help the animals in need at the city shelters. However, we also encourage any members of the community who may be in need of pet food or supplies themselves to please stop by.

Can’t make it in person but still want to donate? Please check out the ACC’s online wish lists below.

The ACC is an amazing resource to all New Yorkers, especially the furry and feathered ones. Please learn more about the services they offer: https://www.nycacc.org/services

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OLIVIA LABARREFind out what your dog is thinking and feeling with a FREE 20-minute animal communication session.


Readings at 12:30, 12:50, 1:10, 1:30 pm
Break 1:30-2 pm
Readings at, 2:00, 2:20, 2:40, 3:00 pm

Olivia LaBarre (she/her/they/them) is a professional animal communicator, Reiki master/teacher, certified Pet Loss Bereavement Specialist, writer, editor, and person to dogs Lucy and Milo. She believes our animal companions are so much more than pets and that we share a spiritual connection we can nurture even after they cross the rainbow bridge. 

Through her private sessions, group programs, workshops, and mentorship she holds sacred space for people and animals to explore their relationships with one another and reach new levels of understanding and healing.



“What Olivia does is really open up a whole new dimension to relationships with animals. It’s amazing to hear their personality put into words the way she is able to. She’s helped me get to know my dog better, my childhood pet turtle, and my mom’s dogs as well…. I recommend her to everyone with a pet they love.” —Désiréé E.


“Olivia is incredible! I have used other animal communicators in the past but she went to a level none of them ever got to before! She is kind, SO insightful, and truly cares about you and your fur baby.” — Stephanie W.


“Olivia helped me connect with three of my cats so far, two after they had passed and one as she was nearing the end of life. She confirmed so many things and helped me more than I can ever say…. Her connecting with my babies and helping me ask questions and understand how they’re feeling was the biggest comfort I could have asked for.” —Autumn L.


PET PORTRAITS: Two lovely local artists will be offering free Pet Portraits for all of Barking Day. Grab a seat and pose with your pooch while our artists sketch a perfect portrait.



November 19
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm