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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Man's best friend takes the spotlight at this novel event with sports and activities a highlight, amongst the exploration of the human-canine bond and displays of prowess that will leave visitors in awe of the canine skillset.

Dogs on Show will showcase a variety of physically and mentally stimulating dog sports that you may not be aware of. For dogs of all ages, stages and sizes, there's fun to be had that also provides health benefits for both you and your beloved pooch.

The bond between humans and dogs is more than just the cute factor. It's evolved through the work performed between the two over hundreds of years. Whether it's a dog helping on a farm or aiding a special needs person, scientists believe it is entrenched in the DNA of both species to ultimately seek each other out for companionship and love.

Today's dogs have not forgotten their origins, so the greatest pleasure you can give your dog is a job to do. Your dog may like to race or chase a Frisbee, either way, over 13 dog sports will give you options to delve into that are suitable for canines and handlers of all abilities.

Dogs can burn off energy in a constructive way and one option is through the performance sport of Lure Coursing. This involves enticing the sight-driven and sporty dog by chasing plastic bags on a course laid out to simulate an escape game. It preserves and develops the skills that are especially inherent in sighthounds, a type of hunting dog. It's also a great spectator sport and you can enter your dog (must be over 12months old, no matter the breed) in the tryouts from 10.15am.

If your dog isn't into chasing things, then other options might be more akin to them, such as, the fast and furious Flyball. Agility and obedience are other demonstrations, along with Jack Russell Terrier racing, that you can watch and learn from.

Dogs with common 'scents' will enjoy the audience participation of the Scentwork spectacle and show-goers can glimpse light-footed canines reaching for the sky-high heights in Frisbee Dogs. Trick training and Dancing with Dogs will also be fun to watch, giving you ideas to take home and try with your four-legged friend. Dogs love to learn and teaching your dog something new gives you a sense of satisfaction, whilst furthering the bonding process.

Other shows feature the colourful Pageant of Breeds, the Championship Dog show and Fun with Junior Handlers. Herding exhibitions will have steady urban working dogs connecting with their inner country self and drafting dogs (traditionally used for pulling a small cart or sled) will show their strength in carrying the load.

Find the perfect pooch groomer here too with a display in the Groomers on Show section. You can watch how they work whilst competing against each other in the grooming competition.

Hosted by Dogs NSW (promoting responsible pet ownership) at the Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, this event in Sydney's west with over 150 breeds and 1,000 dogs on show will provide a truly unique family day out. There will be small dogs and giant dogs with various stalls giving you the opportunity to talk to breed clubs, training and sporting clubs.

Other stalls include dog products and sponsor stall AT Ribbons, where you can get your dog's name or child's name printed on a choice of ribbon for just $4. Food and beverage vendors will also be onsite for when you need some nourishment.

Young children can enjoy free sample bags, face painting and a dedicated colouring-in area, as well as the chance to role-play and learn the best way to approach and pat a dog.

From 9am-4pm, with free entry and parking, make your way just south of Penrith to Orchard Hills (address below). There's a chance to win a $250 Visa debit card and the first 500 people through the gates will receive a free show bag.

So for a pawsitively good time, bring your two-legged and four-legged friends down. They will love you for it.
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When: 9am-4pm
Phone: 02 9834 3022
Where: 44 Luddenham Rd, Orchard Hills
Cost: Free entry
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