Sydney Dog Lovers; keep the weekend of 3rd & 4th of August free for the best show of all things 'Best Friend' in Sydney. This year, the loved Dog Lovers Show will be held at the Sydney Showground, with over 30,000 visitors expected to join in a huge celebration of the unconditional love we share with our four-legged friends.
When you visit the show you can expect to see over 800 dogs representing over 120 breeds, all eager to meet thousands of dog lovers.
Now if you are like me, and only 'borrow' dogs because you don't have one yourself you can consider (as I am) adopting a dog and the Sydney Dog Lovers Show is the place to find out how to do it. Since the show’s inception, creators Jason and Sally Humphris have provided free stands to hundreds of rescue groups and even covered their stand building costs to ensure they could take part. Thanks to this initiative over the last seven years, thousands of dogs have been saved from euthanasia and human lives have been enriched by the addition of new best friends.
Any dog that is homeless deserves an opportunity to find a loving, well-suited home and in 2019 the PETstock Assist Adoption Zone is the place to meet dozens of canines in need with over 40 rescue groups and shelters taking part. The PETstock Assist Adoption Stage will also educate and inform visitors with daily talks from exhibiting rescue organisations with a chance to actually meet dozens of dogs in need. Popular TV personality and passionate animal-welfare advocate, Lara Shannon will be the stage MC and also be presenting her own talk on what’s really involved with adoption and how to start the process.
Many dogs provide invaluable service across the health and disability sectors. Other dog heros are outposted military service dogs, dedicated therapy dogs and working dogs on Aussie farms. The Sydney Dog Lovers Show recognises the many ways dogs work with humans. Via large educational posters at the event, the Hero Dog Tribute is set to be a touching feature that showcases the history of service dogs, highlights specific training methods and investigates the biological attributes that make these canines so outstanding.
THE OUTDOOR ARENA
The Outdoor Arena is another must-see first, as beloved not for profit Australian Working Dog Rescue Inc (AWDRI) unveil the first Extreme High Jump Competition, where working pooches will be leaping to break new World Records. The Outdoor Arena will also see the return of the Sheepdog Speed Trials in an area nearly five times the size of last year, with a mock-paddock full of farm sheep are transported to the population heart of Sydney, ready to be herded by Australia’s most talented working dogs against the c
An all-new Vitapet Arena hosting the inaugural K9 Ninja Challenge where talented canines will manoeuvre their way through a custom-built obstacle course testing the limits of strength, fitness and agility. An incredible team of Skipping Dogs will also headline the Arena’s daily program!
Group DOGA (dog yoga) in the Main Arena with fitness experts – attendees can even participate with their own dog by applying through the event website
Furry social media stars will strut their stuff on the red carpet, pose for the pup-arazzi and snap selfies in the Insta-Pooch Zone
The Pat-A-Pooch Zone will provide puppy lovers the chance to get up close and paw-sonal with canines of all shapes and sizes
From Chow Chows to Country Griffons, over 50 Breed Clubs are expected to feature in the DOGS NSW Breed Showcase including an Ask-The-Breeders Stage with Breed Information Talks from leading experts
More than 40 rescue groups and shelters will take part in the Dog Adoption Zone providing trusted information for aspiring and committed fur-parents as well as the chance to meet dozens of rescue dogs onsite
The Black Hawk DockDogs SPLASHZONE will see a plethora of talented pooches launch themselves from various heights and lengths into a massive 100,000 litre swimming pool – BYO raincoat!
Dr Katrina Warren, Kelly Gill and The Wonderdogs will demonstrate canine party tricks the kids will love and share top tips for families hitting the road with four-legged companions
Dr Lisa Chimes will host a mock ICU vet workshop for kids, fully equipped with toy-animals and mini scrubs, providing future vets the unique opportunity to perform lifesaving acts on their favourite dog toys
Free face-painting for kids and food trucks galore
Visitors can also experience educational talks from Aussie TV’s most popular vets and the chance to meet dozens of rescue dogs whilst learning about the adoption process at the PETstock Assist Adoption Zone.
EVENT INFORMATION LOCATION: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park DATES: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August 2019 TIMES: 9:30am – 5:00pm daily TICKETS & WHAT’S ON: dogloversshow.com.au/sydney
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Big discounts available for tickets purchased online via the website and for the first time, event promoters are offering student and senior discounts. Take the train to the doorstep of the show with stacks of very affordable car parking close to the venue