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2018 Dog Lovers Show

Founder and CEO, Jason Humphris said “The 6th Dog Lovers Show will present the most exciting line-up of K9-inspired entertainment, education and information ever seen in the events history and of course around 600 of the most beautiful and talented dogs you could ever hope to meet and connect with – it’s one of the best days out in Melbourne and heaven for dog lovers’.

The theme of the 2018 Show will be ‘Dog Sports’ and feature the inaugural COMMON WOOF GAMES presented by Farmer Dave Graham and his band of canine superstars. Boasting Track & Field and Ball-sport events in the Royal Canin Arena, alongside the outdoor aquatic program in the Black Hawk DockDogs® pool, brings the pinnacle of Australia’s sporting dogs together in spectacular competition. Dr Katrina Warren & the Wonderdogs will also be presenting the Opening Ceremony to kick off 3 days of dog sports!

The dogs competing in the COMMON WOOF GAMES will represent four countries in an awe-inspiring, adrenalin-fuelled medley of events including Dog Socca, Weight Pull, Dog Vault, Dog Basketball, Mini-Dog Hurdles, Javelin Dodge and Barrel Racing. A taste of the country (and over a dozen sheep!) will also be coming to the heart of the city for the inaugural Sheep Dog Speed Trial competition that will see some of Australia’s most talented herding dogs compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal.

Crowd-favourite Black Hawk DockDogs® will again deliver another splash-tastic, high-energy aquatic show by Australia’s most talented dogs who will be attempting some of the longest leaps, highest jumps and fastest water retrievals ever witnessed. It’s the fastest growing dog sport in the world where dogs of all breeds propel themselves into a massive 100,000 litre swimming pool and the all new Dueling Dogs Wave competition is an absolute must-see.

The new Pet Circle Stage will host an array of informative educational talks, including Dr Katrina Warren & Kelly Gill presenting ‘Easy Tricks you can teach your Dog at home’ and ‘How to give your Dog a happy and enriched life’ followed by a meet & greet with The Wonderdogs. TV star Andrew Morley brings an all new interactive talk to the show with his ‘Guide to Dog Adoption’. Dr Kimberley Chainey & Dr Elise Barry from the Pet Circle veterinary team will be ‘Sniffing out the truth – debunking common Dog myths’ and Australia’s leading TV, Film & Theatre animal trainer Luke Hura will provide ‘rare insights into how famous Dogs are trained’. You’ll even get the chance to meet ‘Toto’ from The Wizard of Oz Musical currently touring Australia! And if that’s not enough, leading animal behaviourist Dr Kate Mornement from Pets Behaving Badly will help address ‘causes and solutions for many of those very common dog behaviour problems’.

With the rise of famous pooches across social media, the 2018 Show sees the return of the incredibly popular Insta-Pooch Zone where visitors get the opportunity to meet, cuddle and catch a glimpse of the country’s most famous canine Instagram stars. Watch and adore these hairy stars walk the red carpet, take part in media interviews and interact with their adoring fans before taking their rightful place on giant thrones for selfies and cuddles.

Continuing its commitment to raising awareness about adoption and helping to find loving, well suited homes for dogs in need, the Show will again feature the important Dog Adoption Zone. A stage has been added this year where visitors can hear talks from local shelters, meet dozens of dogs looking for a furever home and hear beautiful stories from humans who have rescued their pooch. Since 2013, the Dog Adoption Zone has helped to find homes for 2,000+ pooches in need from around Australia and event organiser Event Management International, is confident that doubling the size of this zone in 2018, with over 50 shelters taking part, will deliver record numbers of dog adoptions.

With over 120 breeds on show throughout the event, including over 50 DOGS Victoria Breed Clubs exhibiting in the Breed Showcase, it is the best opportunity this year to meet and learn more about a wide array of beautiful dogs and to find your pawfect match pooch.

Representatives from DOGS Victoria will also be on hand to ensure visitors can gather trusted, reliable information on hundreds of breeds at the show with a new Ask-A-Breeder Stage where Clubs will present talks on around 20 different dog breeds outlining their unique characteristics and what it’s really like to live with each breed.

Always in high demand, the Pat-A-Pooch and Bow Wow Meow’s ‘Pawfect Match’ Zones provide visitors with an opportunity to meet, connect and learn more about some of Australia’s most beloved dogs of all shapes and sizes. Does it get any better than hanging out in large beanbags and cuddling some of the most beautiful and talented pooches in Australia?

With hundreds of exhibitors and new product launches, the Dog Lovers Show is now one of the largest annual showcase of dog products, services and technology in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s the industry-equivalent of the largest shopping centre for dog owners and a great opportunity to spoil our much-loved fur-kids with huge discounts, free samples and exclusive show specials across a range of leading dog products and services.

It’s also a great place to gather free vet and training advice plus kids can have their face-painted with their favourite dog breed, post snaps in the funny photo wall and get lucky with the doggy-door-prize competition! You can also fuel-up with some of Melbourne’s most popular food trucks rolling into the event including Jimmy Grants, Custom Brew Coffee, Sliders on Tyres, Miso Fresh, Wrap Roll it and Twisted Fisherman!

The Dog Lovers Show is the ultimate day out for canine lovers of all ages and provides dog devotees with the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the companionship, unconditional love and joy that our furry friends bring to our lives every day.

When: Friday 4 – Sunday 6 May 2018. 9:30am – 5pm daily
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne
Purchase your tickets: Here