Enter the Doggie Olympics!

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Missoula County Fairgrounds from 10am until 3pm! It’s fun and crazy! Dogs of all ages, sizes and abilities have a chance to go for the gold in the Doggie Olympics! And owners range in age and size just as much as their furry friends do!

Check out the schedule below but check back often because we will update as the event nears and all times are approximate and subject to change at any time. Pet Fest opens at 10:00am.

How to Register Your Pet for a Contest
NEW! Pre-register your pet for contests online and save time at Pet Fest! Click HERE to register. Some contests may have limited participants so entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Each animal that participates MUST have a signed registration form completed prior to the contest.

10:30 – Dog Training Demonstration by Pet Smart
Pet Smart’s expert dog trainers teach fun & effective group & private classes! Through positive reinforcement, your dog will be successful in the real world and not just the classroom.

11:00 – Best Dressed Pet
Open to all sizes and ages – Sponsored by Nikki Kelly-Real
The dog days of summer are still here, but think Howl-O-Ween. Be creative but remember that costumes should both be fun and safe. 3 winners will receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals, according to how well owners and their pet companions impress the judges. To make the competition more interesting, owners are encouraged to dress in costume with their dogs.

11:30 – Peanut Butter Lick
Divided into 3 weight categories: Creamy – under 20 lbs, Chunky – 20-40 lbs, and Extra Chunky – over 40 lbs. – Sponsored by Happy Paws
Who can empty the spoon of peanut butter the fastest? Did we mention the spoon’s handle is in the owner’s mouth? No hands allowed! Owner kneels (bring a pad if you want because it is concrete) and on the signal, puts the end of the spoon in their mouth.  As soon as the dog has finished, stand up and hold the spoon in the air. Spoons must be completely empty of peanut butter. First 3 receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals and prizes.

12:00 – Babe Ruth Obedience Baseball
Open to all sizes and ages.
Dogs complete a command at each base to score. Dog & handler stand at Home Plate.  When the judge says “go” dog & handler move to 1st Base. Handler commands dog to sit.  As soon as dog sits, dog & handler move to 2nd Base, handler commands dog to lay.  As soon as dog performs command, dog & handler move to 3rd Base.  Handler commands dog to sit/stay & handler walks to Home Plate with their back to dog.  As soon as handler reaches Home Plate they release dog. If dog moves from 3rd Base before being released, dog & handler must return to 3rd Base to do command again. 3 best times win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals and prizes.

12:30 – Best Pet Trick
Come show off your pet’s best trick for a chance at awesome prizes! Performances will be judged on creativity, difficulty, and execution. First 3 receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals and prizes.

1:00 – Timed Agility Course
Imagine a look of determination on your dog’s face as he scampers through tunnels, jumping over hurdles, and beaming with pride. The crowds in the stands as you move together in perfect harmony. Dogs race against the clock as they navigate an obstacle course for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals and prizes. No experience necessary, just have fun with your dog and get ready for a fun experience!

1:30 – The Little Mutt Run
Open to dogs under 30 lbs.
This is a popular race for SMALL dogs! It’s like the Wiener Dog Dash, but now your mixed breed, or any dog under 30 lbs, get to do the running. Dog and handler line up at starting mark. Second handler kneels at finish line. On a signal, the dogs are released. Handler stands as soon as their dog reaches them. First 3 dogs to reach the finish line receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals and prizes. Depending on the number of entries, races may be held in heats to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

1:30 – The Big Mutt Run
Open to dogs over 30 lbs.
After many requests, we now have a race for BIG dogs! It’s like the Wiener Dog Dash, but now your mixed breed, or any dog over 30 lbs, get to do the running. Dog and handler line up at starting mark. Second handler kneels at finish line. On a signal, the dogs are released. Handler stands as soon as their dog reaches them. First 3 dogs to reach the finish line receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals and prizes. Depending on the number of entries, races may be held in heats to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

2:00 – Wacky Wiener Dog Dash
Open to Dachshunds ONLY. Divided into 3 age categories: Little Smokies – up to 3 yrs, Frankfurters – 3 yrs up to 6 yrs, Bratwurst – 6 yrs and over.

Dog and handler line up at starting mark. Second handler kneels at finish line. On a signal, the dogs are released. Handler stands as soon as their dog reaches them. First 3 dogs to reach finish line wins. Register your dog at Pet Fest at least 30 minutes  prior to the race. Wiener Dog Dash may run in heats by the age groups. The length of each heat will depend on the number of entries in each group. Please be prepared for warm weather with fresh water for your pet.

How to Register Your Pet for a Contest
NEW! Pre-register your pet for contests online and save time at Pet Fest! Click HERE to register. You must have ONE registration form completed for EACH pet. Some contests may have limited participants so entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis. If you can’t register online, registration forms will also be available at Pet Fest.