Dogs Day Out 2022


Event information – Dogs’ Day Out 2022

When & Where:

Saturday 26th November 2022 8am "Bark run" Invercargill parkrun, Queens Park, Invercargill

Saturday 26th November 2022 5.30pm-9pm, Hansen Hall, Southern Institute of Technology, signposted from Forth & Tay Streets

Sunday November 27th 2022, 9am-2pm, Ascot Park Raceway, entry off Findlay Road with plenty of parking available. 


Target audience:

Anyone interested in anything to do with dogs!


Bark run, Saturday 26th November

Invercargill parkrun, Queens Park, Invercargill 8am

Register at 

Dogs welcome, must be on a short, non-extendable lead and only one dog per participant please.


Educational Seminars, Saturday 26th November

Hansen Hall, Southern Institute of Technology, Off Ythan or Forth Street, Invercargill
Starts 5.30pm-9pm

5.30pm Dr Cath Rivron - "How to tell if your dog's anxiety requires further action"

6.15pm Dr Christina Rock - "Age Is Arbitrary--recognising signs of pain in dogs"

7.30pm Keynote Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Dr Nick Cave

"Raw food feeding: facts, philosophies, and fallacies"


There will be finger food and coffee/tea available

$5 entry at the door

Register attendence at  Facebook Events: HPNZ Dog Education Seminar

No dogs at this one sorry!


Dogs’ Day Out Demonstrations/Have a go events Sunday 27th November:

Ascot Park Raceway, entrance off Findlay Road next to VetSouth or Racecourse Road
Starts 9am until 2pm

9.30-10am demonstrations by Southland Dog Training Club in obedience, rally-O, scent work

10-10.45am demonstrations & have-a-go by Southland Sled Dog Association

10.45-11.15am demonstrations by Southland Dog Training Club in obedience, rally-O, scent work

11.15am-12pm demonstrations & have-a-go by Southland Sled Dog Association

12-1pm PD Insurance welcome and demonstration by NZ Fire Service accelerant detection dog “Boss” and his handler Murray

1-2pm All Breeds Ribbon parade hosted by Southland Kennel Association - all dogs welcome

Exhibitors include: Healthy Pets New Zealand, PD Insurance, Royal Canin, SIT student health clinic, Invercargill City Council, Waikiwi Vets, VetSouth, Southland SPCA, K9 Cribs, PetSmart, K9 Essentials, Bradleys K9 munchies


Gold coin donation entry, all family members welcome, including dogs!

Dogs must be on a lead and under control at all times.

Ascot Park Racecourse Sunday Market will be open from 9.30am-1.30pm for food and crafts. Dogs welcome but please stay out of indoors areas.

Health and Safety

As veterinary professionals we are committed to holding an event that keeps both dogs and their owners safe at all times. There will be dogs on site as part of event displays and demonstrations. Dogs owned by attendees will be welcome but must be on a lead unless taking part in a controlled event in a confined area. Owners must obey the following rules:

  • Dogs must be on a lead and under control at all times
  • Dogs cannot be left tied up unattended.
  • Dogs will not be allowed near the stables, on the racetrack itself, or indoors.
  • Dogs will not be allowed in the indoor market area

We will have a team of volunteers/staff present to help manage these restrictions.

Covid Restrictions: The intent is to only run the event if conditions allowing unrestricted numbers at outdoors gatherings are in place.

Participating clubs

Southland Sled Dog AssociationSouthern Institute of TechnologySouthland Kennel AssociationSouthland Dog Training Club

      NZ Fire Service

      Invercargill City Council

Event location: SIT Hansen Hall and Ascot Park Raceway

The event on Saturday evening will be hosted by the Southern Institute of Technology in the Hansen Hall auditorium. This is a large space previously used for educational talks organised by the SIT Veterinary Nursing team.

The event on Sunday will be held in conjunction with the Ascot Park Raceway Sunday Market at the Ascot Park Raceway. This location allows plenty of space for both events to take place with access to food on site for participants. There will be plenty of car parking and access from two entry points, and a large outdoors space for demonstrations as well as a large exhibition area.

Interested in Exhibiting?

Contact Cath Watson