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Totally Fetching! Here’s What You’ll Find at the Seattle Dog Show This March

Has life been a little too serious lately? Too joyless? Too…ruff? Head over to the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show 2017 on March 11-12 for a doggone amazing time! (Okay, no more puns).

Hosted at the CenturyLink Field Event Center, this annual favorite offers education, entertainment and a chance to exclaim over a wide variety of adorable canines. Here are 2017 highlights you might want to check out:

1. The competition

Both days of the show include showcase competitions for events like conformation, obedience, agility and rally. Obedience exercises involve dogs proceeding through a set series of commands, while in rally competitions handlers guide dogs through several skill stations.

Agility competitions test each dog’s ability to jump hurdles and go through obstacles like tunnels and teeter-totters while on the clock. Other highlights include flyball, herding demonstrations and freestyle dance.

If you’re already a dog person, watching these dogs work will really take your admiration to a new level.

2. Guided tours

It might not be your first rodeo, but is it your first dog show? Guided tours by Seattle area dog show experts are available between 9 a.m. and noon each day. Guides will take you throughout the facility and behind the scenes, where you can get answers to all of your questions about the dog-show world for only $3, which is pretty cheap as far as insider information goes ;)

Tours tend to fill up fast, so you can make an advanced reservation for at http://seattledogshow.org/product/2017-show-tour-advance-reservation.

Learn what the judges are looking for, how they winnow the pool for “best in show,” why specific breeds are groomed in certain ways and how exactly a person get qualified to judge a dog show!

3. Educational opportunities

Dozens of breed educational booths on the upper level feature breeders, experts, and purebred rescue organizations as well as the dogs themselves. If you are considering adding a four-legged member to your family, this is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and interact with the dogs, too.

4. Flyball demos

Flyball is a new demo this year. In this relay race sport, each dog runs a course of four jumps then turns by rebounding off a box loaded with a ball, grabs the ball and returns over the four jumps. When the first dog finishes its run, the next dog begins the next leg of the race.

Flight Pack Flyball Club of Seattle will present the demo. Some of the breeds in the club include Basenji, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, Shiba Inu, Border Collie, Papillon, Miniature Australian Shepherd, Xoloitzcuintli, Boston Terrier and All-American Dogs.

If you want lots of excitement, this is a faced-paced demo that you’ll love.

5. The Meet the Breeds exhibition

Another popular fixture in recent years is Meet the Breeds, where an ensemble of breeders bring their dogs to an exhibit area and the public has a chance to handle the dogs and ask questions about the breed’s maintenance, temperament, genetic issues, etc.

This year is the first year that the Pumi will be exhibited. This ancient Hungarian herding breed sports a wavy, curly coat and is noted for its intelligence, willingness to work and quick learning ability. It is an ideal companion for the active family and an excellent candidate for a wide mix of dog sports. Pumis compete in the Herding group.

6. Shopping ops for your dog

Does your dog have a birthday coming up? Maybe you feel like spoiling them just because? A wide assortment of unique vendors will be on hand with everything from specialty treats to squeaky toys.

The show opens at 7:30 a.m. on both Saturday March 11th and Sunday March 12th. Reference the judging program for the exhibition schedule so you can plan to attend the events that interest you most. Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-14, $12 for seniors over 62 and military personnel with proper ID, and free for children under 4. Certified service dogs will be admitted on the premises, otherwise dogs not pre-entered to compete will not be allowed to enter.

To learn more and plan your show experience, visit http://seattledogshow.org.

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