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Entertainment & Activities Schedule

Please note: While accurate at the time of publishing, entertainment schedules, speakers, and demos may be subject to change without notice.


10:00 Doors Open

10:30 Welcome

11:00 Slobbery Smooches Pet Kissing Competition™
According to a recent study at the University of Arizona’s Human-Animal Research Initiative, kissing your best canine friend could be good for your health. That’s great news for those of you who happen to know that YOUR best canine friend gives the very best slobbery smooches! Why, you ask? Because you and your pooch not only have a shot at some amazing photo opps, but the pooch deemed the “Numero Uno with the Very Best Slobbery Smooches” at this year’s Twin Cities Pet Con will not only be the envy of bazillions of other canines and their companions - you’ll both win some super awesome prizes! Be there or be square!

12:00 Seat Belt for Dogs with Piper's Walk
Tongues hanging, ears flapping, heads out the window...that is the picture that comes to mind when we think about dogs in cars. Little ones ride in the human's laps. Noses are pressed up against the glass. Adorable, right? It is...until you are forced to slam on your brakes and next thing you know, you're in a car accident. From fender bender to high speed crash, the risk is high. Learn about the safest seatbelts on the market and the steps you can take to keep your fur baby safe. Hear it first hand from a dog mom who is taking a tragic loss and turning it into a vehicle for change. Come learn about how to save your 4-legged best friend's life!

12:30 Viper Reptile Rescue talks about Native Specifies.

12:45 The Adoptable Parade of Rescue Pets
Try not to squeal with delight as our various rescue groups parade around the stage with some of their select pets in need of forever homes! Rescue group representatives will also be available to provide information on adopting a new pet companion. Please remember, adopt don’t shop!


1:00 Pet Musical Chairs Competition
Musical Chairs is a doggy variation of the classic children’s game. Music plays as handlers walk with their dog’s off-leash counter-clockwise around a circle of chairs. When the music stops, the handlers instruct their dogs to sit by verbal request and hand signal only (i.e., without touching them) and rush to sit on a vacant chair in the circle. Last dog (and person) sitting wins!

 2:00 Pets as a Protective Factor in Mental Wellness with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Pets can contribute to the mental wellness of their owners in many ways. While many people have registered emotional support animals, any pet can boost mental wellness in an individual by providing a sense of connection, purpose, and stress relief. Learn how your pet may already be playing a role in your mental health, and how they can continue to encourage you in your self-care.

 2:30 The Adoptable Parade of Rescue Pets
Try not to squeal with delight as our various rescue groups parade around the stage with some of their select pets in need of forever homes! Rescue group representatives will also be available to provide information on adopting a new pet companion. Please remember, adopt don’t shop!

3:30 Importance of researching before buying or adopting with Viper Inc.
The importance of research before you buy or adopt a reptile. (I will have larger animals to show as an example of why it’s important to really research an animal)

4:30 Animals Got Talent!™Pet Talent Contest
Does your pet have an amazing talent? Of course, they do! Then it’s a good thing that bragging rights are up for grabs because this is your pet’s chance to show off and awe us all with their mad skills! Animals Got Talent!™ Pet Talent Contest consists of three categories “best trick overall”, “most creative trick”, and “silliest trick”. Audience applause will determine the winner of a fabulous prizes.

5:00 The Biggest, Baddest, Bestest Pet Costume Contest Evah!
Pet supermodels sashaying their costumed selves on the Pet Expo’s (err, very makeshift) catwalk? Um, yes please, and we’ll take a second serving too, thankyouverymuch! Show off your pet dressed in their costumed best for the super popular Pet Costume Contest! Any pet is welcome to participate, whether they’re canine, feline, porcupine, or just simply divine. There’s just one itsy bitsy teeny tiny caveat to be eligible to win, your pet must wear a costume. Audience applause will determine first, second, and third-place winners. You can be confident that we’ve had extensive totally-scientific training in judging these types of things and can quickly identify audience enthusiasm down to a single clap too. To enter, bring your pet to the Contest Stage by 4:05 PM and be ready to work, sashay, shante!

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Training Demos
Please join Hampton Roads Obedience Training Club on the Fur-Tastic K9 Course for training demos at 11:30 and 2:30.

They will be showcasing rally demonstrations, obedience demonstrations, trick demonstrations and scent work demos. Learn how you can train your pet to be a performance canine, or a well-behaved pup!

11:30 AKC Rally Demo and Try It 
2:30 AKC Obedience and Agility Demo and Try It

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Fur-Tastic K9's

"Don’t miss the high-flying, amazing performances from The Fur-tastic K9’s. Check out the team of 6 skilled, trained, professional dogs as they perform stunts and tricks and show off their obedience and ability. Born and raised in New York, Felicia Foy has been training dogs for several years. With a love for dogs and trick training, k9 performance was a natural fit for Felicia. The Fur-tastic K9’s have performed with Canine Stars & Houston Disc Dogs, at various national pet events and their videos have been featured on Good Morning America! See their performances on Saturday and then join them for a training workshop at 4 PM. Saturday - Shows at 12 and 3 and workshop at 4

Lure Course


Racing across a grassy course with the wind in their face, free as a bird, and a “lure” just within reach? It doesn’t get much better than that, folks! Lure coursing is a sport for dogs (and even the occasional kitty!) which involves chasing an exciting mechanical “lure” that jerks, jumps, wiggles, and turns on a dime, much like those elusive squirrels and rabbits that somehow (luckily) always manage to get away. So any pet who enjoys an exciting game of “Chase,” regardless of age, ability, handicap, size, or skill, is welcome to give the Lure Course a try! The sport of lure coursing is rapidly increasing in popularity, and once you’ve taken a gander at this game in action, you’ll see exactly why. This is a very popular feature, so those whose pooch (or courageous cat) would love a chance to give it a go, should make their way right over to the course and sign up - All runs only $5!


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