Astoria Dog Lovers

Just a place for all dog lovers and owners in Astoria to share info, make play dates etc. Please upload your pics as thumbnails (under pic options). I have been told that reg pics take a really long time to load. Be nice to each other pleas

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Latest Activity: Dec 11, 2014

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Dog Meetup on 31st Avenue?

Hi fellow Astoria dog owners.  I've heard mention from some of you of an evening meetup on 31st Avenue, around 39th/40th Street, in a closed parking lot, or a closed playground...  Clearly I don't…Continue

Started by Nicole Golden Jun 9, 2014.

1yr old pit/boxer available 2 Replies

Hi all I've been fostering "Denny", a one year old pit/ boxer mix . He lives with other dogs and cats but has not been tested with children. I can't imagine they would be a problem though . Denny is…Continue

Started by animalhouse. Last reply by animalhouse Mar 10, 2014.

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Comment by Sammii Dorfler on March 8, 2014 at 2:10am

Hey Guys! I run a not-for-profit called Bike To Save Puppies. We promote animal wellness through physical activities, usally a bike ride. OR, for this month, a fun night at LIC Bar! Mixer For Miles Wanna join us? This event revolves around heartworm, heartworm prevention and animal rescue. 3 locals will be performing, Niall Connolly, Mississippi Cotten and Emily Dawn Joffee. I hope to see y'all there!!! Here's the flyer

Comment by Ximena Pintado on September 18, 2013 at 4:20pm

Hi everyone,  I have a brand new bag of Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy formula Dry food that I purchased for my dog but has not agreed with his tummy.  It is a 26 pound bag that I wouldn't like to go to waste so if anyone is interested in this FREE doggy food please send me an email to

Comment by NYC Pet Nanny on May 11, 2013 at 2:34pm

Attention Astoria Dog Lovers!

Are you against the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores? (puppy mill dogs)

A new pet store just opened on 23rd avenue "Lovely Pupsy" and many members of the community are ready and willing to protest and stop the sale of dogs in Astoria. Please join us if you support this cause:

Comment by Sharls M. on February 8, 2013 at 3:51pm

Does anyone need a dog carrier/crate? Im on 23rd Ave/41st. $10, beer or a high five its yours.

Comment by Howard Wu on August 24, 2012 at 8:36pm

Hey Kimberly- is your little one interested in treats outside when there are no dogs around? Will he sit on command? You might end up having to be on the lookout for other dogs BEFORE he sees them, so you can put him into a sit and then start rewarding/treating with several treats and get him occupied first as he becomes vaguely aware of the other dog passing. However, it is not easy and I highly sympathize. Actually, I think meeting with a good positive reinforcement dog trainer is a great idea!

Comment by Wendy DeSarno on August 24, 2012 at 8:11pm

Hi Kimberly! It's pretty common for dogs to become reactive at the sight of another dog. It can be because your dog is fearful, frustrated, or a combination of the two. Pia has the right idea by using high value treats (or people food) as a way to change your pooches feelings and behavior when he sees another dog. It can be trickier than it sounds, though, since you have to carefully negotiate the distance your are from the other dog, as well as other factors. I'd be more than happy to meet with you to go over all the nuances. Feel free to email me if you'd like at

Thanks for the recommendation, Pia!! :) 

Comment by Pia Jayatilake on August 24, 2012 at 7:43pm
If you would like to vent this with a real dog trainer I can highly recommend Wendy DeSarno with good to the bone. She's here in Astoria and have classes at jumping bulldog and also does private sessions to if needed.
Comment by Pia Jayatilake on August 24, 2012 at 7:41pm
Kimberly, is there any treat that has a real high value for him? Maybe try to have pices of chicken or something else really extra special for him. And try to start giving him the tats as soon as you see the other dog even if hasn't seen it yet.
Comment by kimberly dbr on August 24, 2012 at 7:32pm

Thanks, people!  Pia, I tried the treat thing today, but he is not interested in treats (or toys) at all while we are out on a walk.  Howard, that is good advice.  I usually just pick him up and attempt to cover his eyes, which is probably not helping either.

Comment by Howard Wu on August 24, 2012 at 11:38am

I second Pia's suggestion and would add that one should never yank, yell at, or "alpha roll" your dog when seeing another dog, even if your dog is acting like a jerk with barking, lunging and growling. To do so, would only re-enforce that seeing another dog results in punishment, so then they "up the ante" next time, because they don't want to see that dog even more, since seeing a dog results in punishment.


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