The annual Pet Lover Show returns to Tradex in Abbotsford on Feb. 23 and 24. Abbotsford News file photo

SuperDogs and seminars among highlights of Pet Lover Show

Annual event returns to Tradex in Abbotsford on Feb. 23 and 24

The seventh annual Pet Lover Show, Western Canada’s largest pet-focused event, is barking its way into Tradex on Feb. 23 and 24.

The event features animal-related seminars and speakers, interactive pet-focused activities, and fun for pet lovers of all ages.

This year’s Pet Lover Show will feature dozens of returning favourites, including the President’s Choice SuperDogs Star Search, a wide range of educational seminars, the Giggle Booth, and the Lure Course.

New this year is Const. Scott MacLeod, a veteran dog handler and member of the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services, with his sidekick Argo.

The duo will demonstrate some of the tests that police dogs must go through to be deemed suitable for police work.

Also new to the show this year is dog behaviour specialist Jessica O’Neill, who will talk about the importance of providing clear instruction and guidance when training your dog.

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O’Neill is a Canadian entrepreneur who has been working in the canine behaviour industry for more than 10 years and has developed a number of dog-related products and services.

Back this year by popular demand, the President’s Choice SuperDogs will audition local finalists for the chance to perform this summer with them at The Fair at the PNE.

The program is looking for dogs who excel in both agility and obedience, as well as just tricks.

Audition videos can be submitted online at petlovershow.ca.

The Pet Lover Show also hosts a number of top animal specialists speaking on multiple stages throughout the weekend.

The Meet the Breed area features breeds such as Irish setters, poodles, wolf hounds, Newfoundlanders, chihuahuas, golden retrievers and Dandie Dinmont terriers. Members of breed clubs will be on hand to answer questions.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the door is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth (ages six to 15), and free for kids five years and under.

Tickets can be purchased online for $2 less at petlovershow.ca.

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