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Sydney Dog Lovers Festival returns, unleashing 800+ dogs, plus new fashion & travel attractions

Tide Communications 3 mins read
The Wonderdogs at the Dog Lovers Festival

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2024, Sydney Showground


The Dog Lovers Festival is bounding back to Sydney Showground bigger and better than ever this August. Featuring a new line up of pup-inspired entertainment, insightful education zones and renowned animal experts, plus returning crowd-favourites, the two-day celebration promises to inspire and delight dog owners of all litters. 


Festival Founder, Jason Humphris says the team has expanded the festival offering to meet the evolving needs and interests of pet owners. New highlights include a Dog Friendly Travel Hub, the Optimum™️ DOGWALK, Australia’s Best Doggleganger competition and more.


“As one of the largest dog-dedicated festivals in the world, we are delighted to launch our reinvigorated festival program in Sydney. We’re constantly listening to the needs and wants of dog parents and understand Sydneysiders raise their beloved companions in diverse environments, surrounded by beaches, waterways, and beautiful parks. They are always looking for new ways to spoil their pups and bring them on new adventures, so our festival provides the perfect place to connect with experts and celebrate their love of dogs with fellow fanatics. It's also a great place to shop with all the latest products and services to ensure their four-legged friends lead the most fulfilling lives.”


New and Expanded Features

  • Dog Friendly Travel Hub – discover the best dog-friendly travel products, accessories, accommodation, and destinations.
  • Optimum™️ DOGWALK – be entertained by some of Australia’s ‘Hero Dogs’, fur-shanistas, human celebrities with their dogs, dancing dogs, rescue dogs, famous Insta-Pooches, and expert guests as they paw their way down the all-new runway stage.
  • Advance TM  Paws and Talks – have all your doggy questions answered with daily educational talks from expert DOGS NSW breeders and their canine companions plus other K9-inspired interactive sessions.
  • Mini Dog Races - cheer for the underdog in a race like you’ve never seen before as mini dogs under 30cm race over 15cm jumps, celebrating all that's so great about these little pooch dynamites.
  • Dog Parkour – watch a challenging and exciting physical activity in which the dogs learn to interact with their environment taking on a vast array of challenges and obstacles that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.
  • Australia’s Best Doggleganger – see competition winners of the nation’s best human and canine twins. The competition runs until just prior to festival weekend, live now on event social pages.
  • Doggie-dedicated supermarketshop for your dog until you drop with everything you need to spoil your pooch under one wroof!


Returning Festival Favourites

  • Kurgo® DockDogs witness a spectacle of talent unleashed as impressive canines go head-to-head in Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieval competitions, launching themselves off a raised dock into a 100,000-litre custom-built pool.
  • VitaPet ArenaFarmer Dave and his team return with their Extreme High Jumping Dogs, plus new Mini Dog Races and Dog Parkour to wow crowds with their talented terriers. Hear from Dr Katrina Warren, Kelly Gill and the Wonderdogs and learn valuable tips and tricks on pooch training. Plus, you can fetch a glance of them on the Optimum™️ DOGWALK!
  • Lyka Pat-A-Pooch zone – get up close and paw-sonal with cuddly canines of all shapes and sizes in this always pup-ular attraction.
  • Adoption Zone speak with adoption experts about responsible dog ownership and the joy of helping a dog in need find a fur-ever home.
  • Advance TM Breed Showcase – presented by DOGS NSW, the expanded zone gives visitors their fur-fix by meeting the A-Z of dog breeds with 800+ dogs.
  • SASH Ask-A-Vet – receive answers to all canine centred questions in a personal one-on-one session with one of Australia’s leading veterinary hospital networks.


Dog lovers that are also feline-inclined will also have access to a limited number of Cat Lovers Festival tickets at half price. Australia's leading cat-committed festival is running directly next door (albeit in its own dedicated, dog-free venue) and will be even bigger than the 2023 debut event!

Key Facts:



LOCATION: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

DATES & TIMES: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2024, 9:30am until 5pm

TICKETS: (pre-bookings online are essential)

Contact details:

For further press information contact Tide Comms:  Zoe Morley | | 0413 408 677


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