Furry Friends Charity Event

West Palm Beach Zoo

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In a Nutshell

Walk the runway and pose for a shoot with your little one or promote your goods and services at fashion show event for animal charity

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jul 18, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

$39.99 for a Mommy & Me fashion show entry package ($65 value)

  • Professional hair and makeup
  • Admission for one adult and one child (age 3–17) to walk the runway at the event’s fashion show
  • Three professional-quality photos of the runway walk (via email)
  • Admission for one adult and one child to the zoo after the event

$450 for a sponsor package ($700 value)

  • Vendor booth at the event to sell products, promote services, and distribute flyers, coupons, and promotional items
  • Name recognition on event banners and marketing materials, as well as live on the event stage
  • Link to your website on our sponsor page
  • Zoo admission for two after the event

The Furry Friends Charity Event takes place Sunday, July 18, 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach Zoo. Guests explore kid-centric stations, vendor booths, and an animal rescue booth, and watch mom-and-kid duos walk the runway in stylish fashions. Proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue Force.

Sponsors should arrive at the zoo entrance at 12 p.m. for setup. Fashion show participants should arrive at the zoo entrance at 12:15 p.m. All will be given an all-access wristband to wear during the event and will ensure admission to the zoo after the show.

Dog Socialization: Pup Meets World

It’s said that puppies ultimately grow into their paws, but the same can be said about their brains. Brush up on your doggy development with Groupon’s study of dog socialization.

A puppy’s development can be limited by the length of its leash. Veterinarians urge owners to introduce canines to as many new experiences—people, places, fellow dogs, and even inanimate objects—as possible in controlled, nonthreatening environments in a process called dog socialization.

This is particularly critical in the window between 4 and 14 weeks of age, when a puppy’s brain is actively codifying proper and improper behaviors and working to distinguish safe stimuli from threatening situations. Like all other animals, dogs are most likely to misbehave or react aggressively when afraid. Whether their fear stems from the noise of a passing vehicle or the beard of a next-door neighbor, owners can help put them at ease by exposing their four-pawed friends to potentially uncomfortable situations and making them feel at ease. The more experiences, the better.

But simply taking the pup out of its comfort zone is not enough. Spending time off the leash at a dog park can be great for canine socialization, but owners must be sure to monitor their dog’s behavior. Veterinarians insist that dogs be allowed to enter into new environments voluntarily, and advise owners to reinforce model behavior with treats and praise. If they respond fearfully or aggressively from any stimuli, owners should withdraw them from the situation and not return until their pup has calmed down. If the source of the fear happens to be human, owners should ask the person to step back, as this teaches the dog that it is not responsible for protecting the pack from undercover mailmen.

If this sounds like a lot to manage, most cities abound with ready-made, controlled socialization environments: obedience classes. Along with strengthening the bond between pup and owner, group classes are great venues for socialization. There, puppies can take their behavioral cues both from their owners’ instructions and through modeling, as the human praise bestowed upon their well-behaved classmates encourages them to follow suit.

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