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Waterford Lakes Town Center near UCF is encouraging shoppers to bring their pups and participate in a new program to enjoy exclusive offers in a dog-friendly environment.

Shoppers are invited to bring their pets to "Yappy Hour," a weekly, pet-friendly dining series that will take place every Thursday, starting Aug. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to a press release.

"The newly launched 'Yappy Hour' program embraces Waterford Lakes' loyal shoppers, many of whom are proud pet owners," the release states.

Guests are not required to bring a dog in order to participate in the event, however; they just need to ask for the "Yappy Hour" special at participating restaurants. If guests do choose to bring their pets along, it is asked that only service animals accompany their owners inside restaurants.

Jamie Fraser, director of marketing and business development at Waterford Lakes, said the program was inspired by the newly opened Canine Commons.

"With the opening of Canine Commons, we have seen more shoppers visiting the center with dogs on a continual basis, with many using outdoor seating areas to rest for a drink or snack," she said.

Outdoor seating is offered at most restaurants at Waterford Lakes, and Fraser said this event was started to create a synergy among the entire property as being dog friendly, and inclusive of all family members, even the four-legged.

Guests and their pets can enjoy the following offers:

Amigo's Original Tex-Mex Restaurant and Cantina: 2-for-1 house margaritas, 2-for-1 well brands, $1 discount off of house wines and half-priced appetizers

California Pizza Kitchen: Free small plate with purchase of any bottle of wine, $2 discount off of draft beer and 6 oz. glass of wine, $3 discount off of 9 oz. glass of wine and $5-off martinis

Charley's Philly Subs: Free fountain drink with purchase of a sub and regular fries (not valid with any other offer)

Duffy's Sports Grill: 2-for-1 drinks all day and half-rack ribs for $9.95

Fresh 2 Order: 10 percent off of entire check (excludes alcohol)

Friendly Confines: $5 discount off of a $15 purchase (excludes alcohol; not valid with any other discount)

Little Greek: 10 percent discount off of entire check with water and a treat for dogs

Pizzeria Valdiano: Any two slices and a fountain drink for $6.50

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Rachel Stuart is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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