THIS Easter will see Dog Mania arrive at Exhibition Centre Liverpool for the very first time – over the weekend of Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April more than a thousand dogs will be in the city for what is set to be the region’s largest dog show ever.
Organised by Merseyside Dogs Home, Dog Mania builds on the previous success of Bark in the Park, which has been staged at Calderstones Park in Liverpool since 2014. With the growing popularity of the now annual event, the 2018 spectacle will take place in the indoor city centre venue for the first time.
Founder Paul Dunne commented: “Dog Mania will be our best and most action-packed event yet and we are delighted to have such a large indoor space where we can really create something special – we hope the 2018 show can raise as much as possible for Merseyside Dogs Home to help continue to support all the great work with our four-legged friends in the region”.
Guests are encouraged to bring along their canine companions for what is set to be a lively and varied itinerary over the two days – Dog Mania will combine live demonstrations, competitions, health checks, expert pet advice, photo-shoots, grooming…and even a doggie chill-out zone.
The show dog display teams will be attending from as far afield as Norfolk, with some performing in Liverpool for the very first time. Visitors can delight in watching the stunning shows in the main arena, including the Dog and Duck Show, K9 2000 (Saturday), Kipperridge Gun Dogs (Saturday), plus returning local favourites H&M Dog Training (Sunday). The highly skilled handlers will be showing off their dogs’ obedience skills and agility, with everything from fire jumps to musical routines from the gun dogs and even an amazing performance from a duck-herding border collie!
Dog experts and veterinary professionals will be on hand where you can learn more about your dog’s diet, pick up health tips, ask questions and understand why your dog may behave in a certain way. Also see the brave rescue heroes, Dogs with Jobs, where you can meet (and stroke) the real heroes of the show. Plus the dogs from both Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and Merseyside Police will be at Dog Mania with their handlers to talk about the work carried out by these amazing animals.
Throughout the weekend, the dogs themselves will be able to take centre stage in The Fun Dog Show. Taking place in the main arena, this ever-popular friendly competition will see winners crowned in different categories, including Best In Show, Good Citizen Award and Fastest Dog. There’s even a Happiest Dog award, scientifically judged using a special wag-o-meter, with the grand final taking place on Easter Sunday. Hosted by CBeebies ‘My Pet & Me’ presenter, Ferne Corrigan, and with seven different categories there’s something for every dog – and even if yours isn’t lucky enough to win they may still take home a rosette. Entry into one show class is automatically included with each admission ticket meaning there’s no reason why your dog can’t be a star of the show.
For tickets and more information go to:
Venue Box Office: 0344 809 4620
Tickets start at £11.00 for adults and £6.60 for children (under 2s free) – subject to booking fees. Family tickets, weekend passes, and concessions are available.