About 100 dogs from all over the country will be strutting their stuff in the Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association’s 10th annual United Kennel Club licensed all-breed dog show from Friday, Sept. 10, to Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds.
Throughout the three-day event, man’s best friend will be competing in the event for Best in Show, Rally Obedience and Total Dog awards. The event will open at 9 a.m. with two conformation shows and at 10 a.m. with a rally obedience competition.
“Conformation is an event that goes by the dog’s breed standards, where they’re judged for their appearance, walk and things like that,”Ethan Larson is a member the Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association. “The UKC has eight breed groups that dogs are divided into and each group will be represented at the show.”
According to the UKC website the UKC Total Dog philosophy focuses on dogs that excel in multiple disciplines. To be eligible for a Total Dog award in the UKC, a dog must compete in both a performance and a qualifying conformation event on the exact same day.
This dog show will mark Larson’s fifth time participating as a handler, and he will be showing his 10-year-old chihuahua, Hero. He said that the free event will give spectators the opportunity to talk to specific breed experts about a wide variety of topics, ranging from training, grooming and the right breed for one’s lifestyle.
He said that this year’s show will include new breeds that had never been displayed at the event before.
Boy Scout Troop 822 will provide food and drinks during the event. For any exhibitor or spectator interested, a Twin Cities-based artist may also make an appearance.
Larson said exhibitors, judges and handlers are coming from around the country — not just the Midwest — which he expects will make for a great reunion after last year’s show was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. He said there’s a feeling of excitement among handlers to be back in action with their furry pals.
“It’s extra special because it’s been two years since we’ve last had our show,”Larson stated. “A lot of handlers are looking forward to it. We can interact with other handlers again and see old friends and make some new ones.”
All spectators are welcome. However, organizers ask that you leave your pets at home as the club rules dictate that dogs that have not been registered may not be allowed to attend the event. Saturday will feature lure coursing fun runs.
You can show your dog in the UKC Dog Show by contacting Kathy Lamping at (218 760-3763) or Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association via their website www.pbdta.com.
“It’s just fun to see all the different breeds of dogs, and one of the things our participants love is the fun and friendly atmosphere,”Larson stated. “It’s a massive undertaking but we sure appreciate all the support that we’ve gotten from everybody involved.”
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