This adventure for dogs and their people has something for every member of the family. The addition of a Frisbee Competition with the Appalachian Air Canines on Saturday, April 29th brings a new level of excitement to this year’s event.
The Appalachian Air Canines is a small regional club made up members who enjoy having fun with their dogs through disc-dog sports. Novice and veteran competitors alike are encouraged to give it a try, and the top three finishers in each competitive division will receive award ribbons and prizes. Guests & competitors are welcome to celebrate after the competition at Dirt Farm Brewing for some Brews & Bones.
Contestants and their canine teammates earn points for basic throws and catches, with bonus points for mid-air catches in the Toss/Fetch event. Rules and guidelines can be found at www.aircanines.com. The event welcomes mixed-breed as well as purebred dogs of any age. Pre-registration is not required, and an entry fee of $10 per dog to compete is required. Every entrant will be provided with a premium, competition-grade Frisbee along with a lot of encouragement!
Canine guests know and love the confidence-building fun of Joyful Dog’s signature Playground. Low-impact agility elements are safe and exciting for new and experienced dogs, and the popular T-Touch Training Labyrinth makes walking together fun for you and your best friend. Throughout the day, Joyful Dog trainers will be helping dogs and their humans learn a new trick, sharpen their skills, and have a blast together tackling the challenges in the canine playground. Founder and lead trainer Marnie Montgomery, and trainer, agility instructor, and competitor Susan Sanderson lead visitors in foundations for Agility and Parkour with tunnels, jumps, cavalettis and gentle stability challenges.
New this year is an introduction to Canine Nose Work with Certified Nose Work Instructor Rachel Binfield, CNWI. Your dog has an amazing nose! Come see him make the most of this fabulous skill.
Polish up your dog’s best trick and join the Doggie Olympic Games to go for the gold and prizes sponsored by The Joyful Dog, NOVADog, EJ’s Meats & Treats and Vet Wagon. With a program of education and demonstrations from experts in animal health, training, and area services, the weekend is sure to keep tails a-waggin’. Kids and pets can explore the farm style attractions before boarding the wagon ride out to see the orchards and strawberry field in bloom.
All canine companions are asked to bring their owners on a leash and sport their finest rabies certification tag or have proof with them. Vet Wagon will be hosting a water station for Canine drinking to help keep Fido hydrated. The Farm provides scooping bags to help make the day excellent for all our guests so please clean up after your dog in all locations on the farm.