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Spruce Meadows showcasing pups at annual long-weekend dog show

Bev Yanover poses with her Otterhound, Gio, after he came in third place at the Alberta Sporting Hound Association specialty at the Alberta Kennel Club dog show on Aug. 3, 2018. Courtesy Bev Yanover.

Nearly 2,000 dogs are set to show off their skills at the annual summer classic dog show in Spruce Meadows this weekend.

The pups and their trainers are being hosted by the Alberta Kennel Club, which has put on this show for nearly 30 years, according to club president Wendy Hamilton-Petkau.

Over the course of four days, the dogs and their trainers will compete in many sports, ranging from obedience trials to scent hurdle racing, and will be judged on their performance.

“Each judge has a good idea of what that breed’s standard is and they’re to judge the dog against that standard,” said Hamilton-Petkau. “At the end of the day, the dogs that place first in each of their groups go on to compete for best in show.”

There are seven groups competing, including toy dogs, herding dogs and terriers.

“If you’re interested in dogs at all, you should come out and take a look,” said Hamilton-Petkau. “There’s all different kinds of dogs here.”

The Alberta Kennel Club has been preparing for this event since February, immediately following the completion of its annual winter dog show. The club says the purpose of having these events is to promote responsible breeding and ownership and to get people excited about the world of dog sport.

And for those a little less interested in sport and a little more interested in shopping, there’s plenty of the latter to be had. Hamilton-Petkau said there are several booths throughout the grounds selling accesories for dogs, ranging from collars to paintings.

“You’ll find stuff that you’d never find at the pet store,” she said.

The event runs rain or shine until Monday from 8 a.m. to 6.p.m. A schedule is posted on the Alberta Kennel Club’s website.

Sorry pet lovers — no dogs other than those entered in the show are permitted on the grounds.


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