Long Island dogs and their owners will get the chance to strut their stuff at the annual all-breed dog shows, obedience and American Kennel Club (AKC) Rally trials hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Kennel Association of America, Long Island Kennel Club and Westbury Kennel Association from Thursday, May 8, through Sunday, May 22, at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay.
In addition to watching more than 800 canines entered to compete in a variety of dog sports, visitors and their pure-bred or all-American dogs can get in on the action at AKC’s My Dog Can Do That, where participants try out Agility, a fun and fast-paced obstacle course. Or, participate in the exciting Dock Diving Competition, open to everyone.
Daily events include:
Thursday, May 19
All-breed dog show and National Owner Handler Series Competition and Dock Diving Competition hosted by the Westbury Kennel Association
Friday, May 20
Dog show, AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Testing and Dock Diving Competition hosted by Ladies Kennel Association of America
Saturday, May 21
Dog show, obedience and AKC Rally trials, AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Testing, My Dog Can Do That (an introduction to AKC agility competition open to all dogs, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Dock Diving Competition and specialty shows: bulldogs, Labrador retrievers, dachshunds, afghans, Kerry blue terriers, and collies. Hosted by the Ladies Kennel Association of America.
Sunday, May 22
My Dog Can Do That (an introduction to AKC agility competition open to all dogs, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Meet the Breeds: learn more about some of your favorite breeds and some you may never have seen before (lunchtime), Dog Show: Junior Showmanship seminar (open to all kids interested in learning how to handle dogs), Best Junior Showmanship Award (winners of all four days compete for tickets to 2017 Westminster Kennel Club), AKC’s Canine Health Foundation booth for updates on their research into canine health, and Dock Diving Competition. Hosted by the Long Island Kennel Club
The daily events begin at 9 a.m., with a “Best In Show” roundup beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person or $20 per car load each day. Planting Fields Arboretum is located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd. in Oyster Bay. Visit www.plantingfields.org or call 516-922-9200. Visit www.infodog.com for the show schedule and more information.