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Dogs, dogs, a thousand dogs – all on show from tomorrow

If he had a tail, Dogs New Zealand president Nigel Trainor would be wagging it with excitement given the number of entries received for the annual National Dog Show in Porirua from tomorrow.

“We will have over a thousand dogs representing over 120 breeds on show for the public,” says Trainor, “and are delighted to have attracted world class judges from Argentina, Japan and Belgium to officiate.

The show is the club’s premier event, and this year has the theme of Dogs, Dogs, Dogs, to promote activities and programmes based on active, healthy and well-mannered dogs. It is being held at the Dogs NZ Wellington Exhibition Centre in Prosser Street, Porirua from tomorrow, Thursday 4 October.

The highlight of the three-day show will be the awarding of Best in Show on Saturday, with a range of activities being staged from 1:00pm leading into the award. These will include the Junior Dog Handler Final with the successful handler winning a trip to compete at Crufts in Birmingham, UK, in 2019.

Recognising the recent publicity around dog attacks, the New Zealand Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen™ will be demonstrated live. This will allow the general public to see how a well-trained dog (and owner) behave and interact. The Canine Good Citizen™ is a certification programme where Dogs NZ tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere. It identifies and rewards dogs that have the training and demeanour to be reliable family members as well as good-standing community members. It is open to all purebred and crossbred dogs.

Dogs NZ also stages an annual Canine Heroes competition across two categories and their stories will be told and awards made during Saturday’s highlights package. The Canine Heroes competition is looking for dogs who make a difference – anything from saving a life to being someone’s most loyal companion. Every dog story counts. The competition is open to the public at large and their dogs.

For more details, timetable and ticket information, check out the National Dog Show website.