By Dave Dunlap
The Cape May County Dog Obedience Training Club (CMCDOTC) is celebrating the end of the dog days of summer by inviting local dog owners to stroll Cape May’s Beachfront Promenade with their pooches on Saturday, September 12 for the 9th annual Mutt Strut.
The event sponsor, Cape May County Dog Obedience Training Club (CMCDOTC), an AKC-affiliated club, has held dog training classes for over thirty years. Half of the event’s proceeds help the group’s training classes and canine community outreach activities, with the other half going to No Dog Gets Left Behind. The Mutt Strut is held as part of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Responsible Dog Ownership Days, with over 600 events held each year in the U.S.
Popular with locals and visitors alike, the Mutt Strut is a fun family event and this year will include a demonstration by the club, as well as education and information materials on dog ownership and training.
Owners can strut with their dogs on the Promenade anytime between 8 am and noon, for a requested donation of $1 per leg ($2 per person, $4 per dog). Registration is required to allow dogs on the Promenade and is held near Convention Hall, Beach Avenue near Gurney Street. The rain date is Sunday, September 13. Cape May City regulations require dogs to be on a leash not more than six feet long; dogs are not allowed on the beach and owners must clean-up after pets. All dogs must have current rabies vaccinations. Females in heat, young puppies, and aggressive dogs will all be more comfortable at home.
Prizes will be awarded to the dogs (and their owners) sporting the best and craziest costumes. New this year is also a dog tricks contest. So practice your tricks, dress up your mutt and come strut your stuff!