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Paws for Thought: A Pooch Affair is back this weekend

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Don’t go barking up the wrong tree—A Pooch Affair is happening this weekend!

One of the coolest celebrations on the canine calendar, A Pooch Affair is a weekend-long celebration of all things man’s best friend that will take place this Saturday 19 June from 10 am–3 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Having started from humble bark-ginnings in 2015, A Pooch Affair has now expanded to expect 2000 attendees and 1000 dogs across the day—yes indeedy, your furry friend is welcome to attend the day, provided they stay on-leash at all times.

Naturally, there will be a securely fenced area for dogs to play in (on-leash) with hundreds of colourful plastic balls for the doggos to enjoy.

This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be held in a new location in the Mallee and Kimberley Pavilions, Gumeroo and Drover Square at Exhibition Park.

On the day expect demonstrations from Dog Club sport committees, including Disc Dog, Dancing with Dogs, Trick Dogs, Agility, Flyball and the Obedience Drills as well as A Pooch Affair’s famous dog markets where local and national businesses showcase their wares, from grooming to doggie snacks. There will also be appearances from animal rescue and not-for-profit community groups.

But the real fun of A Pooch Affair lies in the annual theme. In 2021, the theme is Barnyard, with all attending pooches encouraged to dress up for their chance to scoop coveted the Best Dressed award.

Doggos dressed to impress in the theme will get to walk the red carpet with their owners for the chance to win some barking grr-eat prizes, with plenty of photo opportunities to be had across the day.

There will be a barnyard themed café, country music and attendees can enjoy freshly brewed coffee, scones, jam and cream. And of course, for the pups, there will be puppichinos and dog treats to enjoy!

Tickets are $10 per person, with tickets supporting A Pooch Affair’s Charity Partner RSPCA ACT as well as local animal rescues and pet-related community groups and services.


What: A Pooch Affair
When: Saturday 19 June from 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra
Entry: $10
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