2013 All Star Dog Show
2013 The Purina Pro Plan Dog Stars
Flyball is a team relay race for dogs. It's a highly energized canine competition that's "noisy, fast, exciting and ball racing crazy!!" that earns the enthusiastic roar of the crowd and set the dogs' tails to wagging as well. You will be amazed by this relay race between 2 teams of four dogs. The object of the sport is for each dog to jump over a set of four hurdles as fast as possible and at the far end, grab a tennis ball from a spring-loaded box. Banking off the box to reverse direction, they race back to cross the start line at which point their canine teammate rockets out for their lap! W hether you're cheering for the top dogs or the underdogs, many races come down to the wire and its always entertaining.
Agility competitions are the rage these days and for good reason. The sport was born in England and its no accident that the obstacles are miniature versions of the jumps and barriers on a horse-jumping course. These canine equestrians agility scores reflect speed and accuracy, as they're coaxed to climb, jump or crawl through a series of obstacles. Basic obedience is a must as the dogs are off collar during the trials and their handlers "talk" them through the course. With the order of obstacles on each course being different and the pathway between the obstacles twisting and turning, dogs must be in-sync with their handlers so they don't run up the A-frame when they should be headed for the weave poles! It's a race against the clock with dog, handler and elapsed time being the critical components with the judges adding fault points to the score for each obstacle that is not taken cleanly. The most popular agility breeds are the medium to large dogs but almost any dog, including mixed breeds, can do well if they're game.
2013 The Purina Pro Plan Dog Stars Big Air Dog Show
Back by popular demand, amazing is the only word to describe it!
If you have ever seen a dog launch off the end of a dock as he chases a stick into the water, then you get the idea behind this exciting competition. The Toronto Sportsmen's Show's Big Air Dog Jump has captivated our audience for over 5 years as dogs jump, soar and splash in their quest to "go the distance". Guaranteed to wow the crowd, Purina is proud to bring it indoors and present it to you free as part of your admission! The competition consists of dog and handler teams who first throw a ball or decoy into the pool while keeping the dogs heeled and under control. At point of release by the handler, it's a mad dash down a 40-foot ramp to leap to the best of its ability and retrieve the object. Each dog is measured on the distance they go before hitting the water. Lasts years indoor record was over 22 feet and several teams have told us that they're aiming to do better this year! Whether we set a new record or not, it's unbelievable to watch these dogs soar through the air before hitting the water and creating a huge splash. Stand back, because they often soak the crowd! It's a crowd favorite, so make sure you don't miss it!