Dogs on show

Performing dogs will be coming from all over Tasmania to demonstrate the skills at the Circular Head Show, as the committee adds a new canine exhibit to this year’s attractions. A mother and son team up to show how it’s done and help Fudge the Pug make it through the agility tunnel. Photo courtesy of Lani Smith, of Canine Performance Association of Tasmania.

Demonstrations. Circular Head Agricultural Society is thrilled to announce a brand new canine exhibit at this year’s show on Saturday December 3.

Performing dogs will be coming from all over Tasmania to demonstrate the exciting and exhilarating sports of agility, flyball and rally obedience.

The show committee, with the assistance of local dog trainer Trina Morris, searched far and wide for a more interesting and inclusive canine exhibit for show patrons to enjoy.

Mrs Morris, who operates the Dog Squad canine training club in Stanley, believes the new addition will be a huge success.

“Dogs are such an integral part of our lives, it’s going to be fantastic seeing them at their very best during our local show.”

A talented team from the Canine Performance Association of Tasmania (CPAT) with their magnificent performing dogs have been invited to demonstrate their range of skills.

Regular demonstrations of obedience, agility and sport will be conducted in the Dog Pavilion near the Hale Street entrance gates throughout show day.

“These performing dogs are fast, skilled and very exciting to watch,” Mrs Morris said.

“It will be something the local community has never seen before!”

Lani Smith of CPAT encouraged the local dog-loving community to actively participate in the new canine exhibition.

“We love talking to people about dogs!” Mrs Smith said.

“So if you have a question, want to meet our dogs, or would like to tell us about your dog, please come and say hi.”

The CHAS committee hopes the focus of the new canine exhibit will be more inclusive.

Visitors to the show are encouraged to mingle with the performers, talk to the handlers about their dogs, ask questions on training and behaviour, and bring their kids to cuddle the beautiful performing sport dogs.

“A really exciting aspect of this new canine exhibit is the opportunity for locals to participate,” Mrs Morris said, inviting people to bring their pooches along and join in the mini workshops on the day then join the relaxed competition.

“It really hits the mark. Not only will the fast-paced action of the performing dogs provide a thrill for everyone watching, it will be riotous fun for those participating in the mini workshops and competitions.”

These informal competitions provide dog lovers with the perfect introduction to the world of canine sports and obedience.

Prizes will be awarded to locals for completing an obstacle course, and to the winners of some light-hearted events, including best dressed dog, happiest dog and the best trick.

“These competitions are perfect for children to enter with their furry friends, so it’s a terrific family event,” Mrs Morris said.

To participate with your dog at the Circular Head Show, register your interest prior to Wednesday November 30. For safety reasons, only registered participants will be permitted to enter the Dog Pavilion with a dog.

To join in the fun or for more information, contact the Dog Squad’s Trina Morris on 0402 486 460 or trina.morris12@gmail.com.

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