Dog show

Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association to Hold 10th Annual Dog Show – Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – Looking for something fun to do next weekend?

Approximately 100 dogs from across the country will strut their stuff at the United Kennel Club’s 10th Annual Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association Licensed All-Breed Dog Show from Friday, September 10 through 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 a rally obedience competition at 10 a.m. each morning.

“Conformation is an event that meets the breed standards of the dog, where he is judged for his appearance, his walk and things like that,” said Ethan Larson, a 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 award at a UKC show, a dog must qualify in a performance event and an eligible conformation event on the same day or over the weekend.

This dog show will mark Larson’s fifth appearance as a dog handler, and he will show off his 10-year-old Chihuahua, Hero. He said the free event will give viewers the chance to talk to breed-specific experts on a wide variety of topics, ranging from training, grooming and which breed fits their lifestyle.

He added that there will also be new breeds at the show this year that have not been featured in the event before.

During the event, food and beverages will be provided by a variety of local and outdoor vendors and the 82 Boy Scout Troop. A Twin Cities-based artist will also make an appearance to make artwork for any spectators or interested exhibitor.

Larson said exhibitors, judges and managers come from all over the country — not just the Midwest — which he says will make for a great reunion after last year’s show was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus. He said there was a sense of excitement among the managers to be back in action with their furry buddies.

“It’s very special because it’s been two years since we last had our show,” Larson said. “A lot of managers are looking forward to it. We can interact with other managers again and see old friends and make new ones.

All spectators are welcome, but event organizers are asking people to leave their pets at home, as club rules state that unregistered dogs cannot be at the show. On Saturday there will be fun lure racing alongside the event.

If you are interested in showing 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, friendly vibe,” Larson said. “It’s a huge undertaking, but we certainly appreciate all the support we’ve received from everyone involved.”