Sydney Dog Lovers Show Increases its Pawprint by 50% with More Breeds, Rescue Dogs and Insta-pooches than Ever Before!
dog-dedicated festival, the Dog Lovers Show, makes a triumphant return on August 3 and 4. The Southern Hemisphere’s largest gathering of canines will be ‘unleashed’ in their new home 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.
The show welcomes a staggering array of beautiful canines with more than 800 dogs representing over 120 breeds, all eager to meet thousands of dog devotees. There truly is something for every dog lover, from the dedicated owner, to the vicarious paw-rent and those looking for their new fur-kid.
Raising awareness for canine adoption and helping as many displaced dogs as possible to find a loving, well-suited and forever home is one of the primary missions of the event. 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. As well as providing financial help, the show is also dedicated to stamping out the myths surrounding adoption and have provided trusted, reliable information since 2013.
Every homeless dog 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.
Heralding the important roles canines have in the broader community also remains an integral part of the event. From dogs that provide invaluable service across the health and disability sectors to outposted military service dogs, dedicated therapy dogs and working dogs on Aussie farms; the show will recognise the many ways dogs work hand-in-paw with us. 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.
As part of the show’s increased dedication to the canine causes that matter most to Australians, the organisers are delighted to announce a new partnership with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT in 2019. Visitors to the show will not only get the chance to pat Guide Dog puppies, but will also learn how Guide Dogs assist people with sight loss to lead independent lives. Attendess can also find out more about how to get involved – by becoming a volunteer Puppy Raiser by donating or, becoming a Puppy Sponsor.. Off-duty Guide Dogs (out of their harnesses) will also feature in the Pat-a-Pooch zone, alongside other pat-seeking pooches for attendees to connect with.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT CEO, Dale Cleaver said joining the Sydney Dog Lovers Show was an easy decision due to shared values.
“Both the Dog Lovers Show and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT are committed to championing and educating the public on the incredible work dogs do within our communities. We are proud to be associated with Australia’s favourite canine event,” said Mr Cleaver.
The sentiment was shared by show Founder and CEO Jason Humphris, “The Dog Lovers Show highlights incredible canine community contributions and provides a platform for many dog-based charity organisations
to raise awareness and much needed funds. We’re thrilled that Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is partnering alongside the 2019 event, giving the public an opportunity to witness the life-changing work that they do firsthand.”
After six years the Sydney Dog Lovers Show has outgrown its former home in Moore Park and will make its Sydney Showground debut this year. The change of venue will make the event easier to access via public transport, with more parking, more food options and more space due to an increase in the show’s footprint –or should we say pawprint – by up to 50%.
With increased capacity comes a slew of incredible new features set to awe crowds. Punters will be swept up in the action of the state’s first ever K9 Ninja Challenge – a custom built obstacle course that sees fierce four-legged competitors scaling the most daring challenges, from Mount Paw-ciuszko to the Herculean pillars, this attraction is set to have spectators roaring.
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 clock.
For those looking to unwind from the action, DOGA (that’s yoga with your dog) demonstrations by Adele & Lisa Rancan from the Rancan Sisters Fitness, will take over the Donate with a Mate Stage for the first time ever at the Sydney event - applications are now open for 30 lucky participants to Downward Dog alongside their pooch each day with full details available on the Sydney Dog Lovers Show website.
Sydney’s famous “Wood Chop Arena” will play host to a sport of a whole different nature as crowd favourite Black Hawk DockDogs makes a splash for the first time in this spectacular new environment with a Colosseum type atmosphere. Spectators will be howling as pooches dip, dive and dash into a 100,000-litre pool in efforts to snatch the title for fastest retrieval, and longest and highest jumps.
New South Wales favourite, Dr Harry Cooper will hit the Sydney stage for the first time, hosting two daily educational talks not to be missed on the Donate with a Mate Stage: how to choose the right breed for your home and lifestyle, and solving the most common dog health problems.
Bondi Vet superstar Dr Kate Adams will make her Dog Lovers Show debut as part of the Donate with a Mate Stage line-up, providing valuable tips on ‘breaking bad’ habits from your dog. Fellow Bondi Vet star, Dr Lisa Chimes, will invite visitors to step inside SASH - Small Animal Specialist Hospital: a mock VET ICU Workshop educating both owners and children about what happens behind the scenes of animal procedures.
Animal training extraordinaire Rodney Gooch and his UpDog Challenge will wow audiences in the Vitapet Arena with an exhilarating series of stunts and demonstrations, including the remarkable team of Skipping Dogs jump-roping across the Arena, and pups flying high in Frisbee retrievals.
Back by popular demand, Dr Katrina Warren & Kelly Gill will provide hot tips for road-tripping with your dog after hosting a birthday bash for their team of talented Border Collies, the Wonderdogs, in the Vitapet Arena.
Cuddling a canine not only puts a smile on any dog lover’s dial, it is scientifically proven to release endorphins - which is why Pat-A-Pooch is one of the show’s most popular attractions. Lounge on beanbags as you pat pooches of all different shapes and sizes, and chat with handlers to gauge which kind of breed would be the paw-fect match for your lifestyle.
With a cumulative Instagram following of over 500,000 dog lovers, Sydney’s most popular canine social media stars will strut their stuff down the red carpet, snap selfies with adoring fans, pose for the pup-arazzi and take part in interviews alongside their owners in the Insta Pooch Zone. New host and founder of Pound Paws, Brittany Bloomer, will be joined by the likes of Taco, Gucci and Prada; the Aussie and & French Bulldog besties sharing more than 24,000 followers between them!
Over 50 leading Breed Clubs, the most in the Sydney shows history, will feature in the DOGS NSW Breed Showcase including an Ask-The-Breeders Stage with informative talks on around 20 popular and unusual breeds from leading experts.
Free doggy face painting will also be provided alongside Sydney’s yummiest food trucks for visitors to Chow Chow down on. Dog owners can also shop until they drop, spoiling their pets with thousands of dog products and services spanning food, treats, tech, bedding and paw-sonalised accessories, from hundreds of exhibitors.
The Dog Lovers Show is the perfect Sydney day out for families, dog owners, and anyone thinking of welcoming a furry friend into their lives. The Show is a celebration of the unconditional love we share with dogs and is dedicated to both educating, entertaining and informing dog lovers in fun, festival-based environment.
Sydney Dog Lovers Show
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August 2019
9:30am – 5:00pm daily
Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
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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.
The Sydney Dog Lovers Show has partnered with the GWS Giants ahead of their match against Sydney Swans – two major events happening at Sydney Olympic Park this Saturday 3rd August.
The two events have created a special ticket deal for footy fans and dog lovers to check out the Show before they head to the game (quite literally next door) from $60.
Click here for the direct ticket bundle
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