About 100 dogs from across the country will strut at the 10th Annual Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association Dog Show, licensed by the United Kennel Club, from Friday September 10 to Sunday September 12 at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds. .
Throughout the three-day event, man’s best friend will compete in the event for Best in Show, Rally Obedience and Total Dog awards. The event will open with two conformation shows at 9 a.m. and an obedience rally at 10 a.m. each morning.
“Conformation is an event that meets the breed standards of dogs, where they are judged for their looks, gait and things like that,” said Ethan Larson, member of the Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association. “The UKC has eight breed groups into which the dogs are divided and each group will be represented at the show.”
According to the UKC website, the UKC Total Dog philosophy emphasizes dogs that shine in multiple disciplines. To win a Total Dog Prize at a UKC Show, a dog must qualify in a qualifying performance event and conformation event on the same day or weekend.
This dog show will mark Larson’s fifth participation as a dog handler, and he will showcase his 10-year-old chihuahua, Hero. He said the free event will give spectators the opportunity to speak to breed-specific experts on a wide variety of topics, ranging from training, grooming, and the right breed for their lifestyle.
He added that there will also be new breeds at the show this year that had not yet been presented at the event.
During the event, food and drink will be provided by a variety of local and outside vendors and Boy Scout Troop 82. A Twin Cities based artist will also make an appearance to create artwork for any spectator or spectator. interested exhibitor.
Larson said exhibitors, judges and managers came from all over the country – not just the Midwest – which he said will allow for a big reunion after last year’s show was canceled due to the pandemic of coronavirus. He said there was a sense of excitement among the managers to be back in action with their furry friends.
“It’s very special because it’s been two years since we last had our last show,” Larson said. “A lot of drivers are looking forward to it. We can again interact with other managers, see old friends and make new ones.
All spectators are welcome, but event organizers are asking people to leave pets at home, as club rules state that dogs not registered may not be at the show. On Saturday there will be fun lure racing races alongside the event.
If you would like to exhibit your dog at the UKC Dog Show, or for more information, contact Kathy Lamping at (218) 760-3763 or the Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association through their website. www.pbdta.com.
“It’s just fun seeing all the different breeds of dogs, and one of the things our attendees love is the fun and friendly atmosphere,” said Larson. “It’s a huge undertaking, but we certainly appreciate all the support we’ve received from everyone involved.”