Enter the Doggie Olympics!

Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Caras Park from 10am until 3pm! It’s fun and crazy!

Pets of all ages, sizes and abilities have a chance to go for the gold in the Doggie Olympics.

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
Register your pet for contests at the Pet Fest Registration table 30 minutes prior to each contest. 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. All times are approximate.

10:30 – Crate Training Demo by Do Tag Buddies
Learn the importance of crate training when an emergency situation occurs.

10:45 – Best Dressed Pet
Open to all sizes and ages – Sponsored by Nikki Kelly-Real – Cosmetologist
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.

11:00 – Dog Training Demonstration by the Humane Society of Western Montana
Whether your pet needs to learn the basics, brush up on some “forgotten” skills or modify an existing behavior, HSWM can help! They have a variety of training options available including small group classes and private lesson packages that can be tailored to meet both your training goals and your budget. HSWM has Certified Professional Dog Trainers on staff to help with everything from puppy training, teaching basic manners and solving common behavior problems.  Call or email training@myhswm.org to discuss the best option for you and your pet.  Or visit their website to learn about group class levels, private lessons and their free Behavior Helpline.

11:15 – Best Pet Trick

Open to all sizes and ages – Sponsored by Central Bark
Come show off your pet’s best trick for a chance at awesome prizes! Performances will be judged on creativity, difficulty, and execution. TIP: It helps if you and your dog dress-up together! Like Little Bo Peep and her sheep! First 3 receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals and prizes.

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 – Sponsored by KBD Real Estate with ERA Lambros
Dogs complete a command at each base to score. Dog and 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 and 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 – Working Dogs for Conservation Demonstration
Building upon techniques from narcotics detection, cadaver detection, and search and rescue, Working Dogs for Conservation pioneered ways to use dogs’ extraordinary sense of smell to protect wildlife and wild places. For this demonstration, they will place detectable items that the dogs are trained on around the stage area and show you how the dogs will alert when they find the correct items.

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!

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.

2:30 – Animal Wonders Presentation
You’ll love this presentation that focuses on education first, and entertainment second. Though you will surely be amazed be amazed and have fun, you will absolutely come away with new knowledge and a full heart. The animals at Animal Wonders love people and love to teach. Their human caretakers love to teach and love animals. All in all, when the animals come to visit everyone will be captivated by these amazing animals of our planet. The environment is so enriching that the kids won’t even know they’re learning. Adults might even find themselves raising their hand to ask that itching question or shouting out an answer! 

How to Register Your Pet for a Contest
Register your pet for contests at the Pet Fest Registration table 30 minutes prior to each contest. 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. All start times are approximate.