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A Pooch Affair Canberra - July 30

It will be a dog day afternoon at A Pooch Affair, Canberra's ultimate Doggie Day Out on Saturday 30th July.

From a doggie day spa to high tea with four-legged friends, every dog in Canberra will be able to have their day when Canberra plays host to its biggest dog-dedicated event.

Feel like spoiling your canine companion with a shiny new toy, tasty nibbles or the latest dog accessories, why not visit one the many retail stalls at the Doggie Mall in Budawang Pavilion? Is your pooch a little on the nose halway through winter? Book them into the Doggie Day Spa for a full primp and preen!

The High Tea With Dogs is one of the highlights and offers a unique dining experience for you and your dog. This year's theme is the Mad Hatter's Tea Party inspired by "Alice in Wonderland" where you and your pooch get to dress up and indulge in gourmet treats. Reservations are essential and will close at midday, Friday 22 July.

A complimentary "Paws and Pose" Mad Hatter's photo booth will be available for you to take lots of happy snaps of your special doggie day out!

Rhonda Kennedy with Houri, Yorkshire Terrier at the High Tea - Photo Credit: Rohan Thomson

The Doggie Diner & CafĂ© in Budawang Pavilion will keep your pooch fuelled up throughout this big day! A separate human-only food area is just nearby, so you don't have to go hungry either.


Head to Coorong Pavilion from 12pm to check out the popular Breed Showcase - featuring Cairn Terriers, Siberian Huskies, Golden Retrievers, and Finnish Lapphunds.
We already know you love dogs. If you've ever considered volunteering at an animal rescue service/shelter, or just want to find out more about the adoption process, head to Coorong Pavilion and talk to passionate local animal rescuers. 

Calling all Oodles, Pugs, Scotts and Hounds! There will be a Breed Play Hour for each of these this year - PLUS if you find a look-a-like at your play session you could win a prize!
Sessions are in Coorong Pavilion at 10:30am (Oodles), 12pm (Pugs), 1:30pm (Scotts) and 3pm (Hounds). 


Open competitions will be held on the main stage, sponsored by Petbarn. Is your dog a very clever boy or girl? Show off your dog's skills in the Pawfect Tricks competition! Or they can dress up and strut their stuff in the Puparazzi Parade.

Some dog owners bear an uncanny resemblance to their canine companions - and vice-versa! The
Doggelgangers Look-Alike Competition will run on Facebook in the lead up to the event from 12-19 July, so get your photos ready and come and see the finalists up on stage at A Pooch Affair!

Christian French with dogs Leo and Wewak - Photo Credit: Rohan Thomson


  • Dances with Dogs
This activity is about having fun through learning tricks with your dog and linking them together to build a short routine using a piece of music to provide theme and timing. Special guest appearance by 2013 "Australia's Got Talent" Finalist Loretta and her Dancing Poodles. 
  • Obedience
Presented by the Belconnen Dog Obedience Club, obedience is all about demonstrating the dog's ability, intelligence, understanding of the work required, and the cohesion of the handler and dog as a team. 
  • Rally-O
Presented by the Tuggeranong Dog Training Club, learn about Rally-O which is a variation on obedience heel work (like a cross between obedience and agility).

Presented by the ACT Companion Dog Club, discover agility, a timed sport where a dog and handler team race around an obstacle course. 

See how nimble your dog really is! All dogs are welcome to participate in the "Come & Try Agility Course" and have fun for a gold coin donation to charity partner, RSPCA ACT.


You can listen to some free health and behaviour tips from the experts, presented by A.B.C.D.O.G. Dog Training and Greencross Vets in Coorong Pavilion. 

Want to take your canine friend to a local dog park, but not sure which one is appropriate for you? Domestic Animal Services have the answers you need.

There will be loads of giveaways with attendees receiving a showbag full of samples on the day!

When: Saturday 30th July, from 10am to 4pm

Where: Exhibition Park, Canberra.
Free parking is available off Flemington Road.

Tickets: $10 (Adult); Kids under 12 free

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