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HPNZ Dogs’ Day Out – a celebration of all things canine

Ascot Park Raceway, Invercargill
Sunday, 28 February 2021

9am – 4pm
Gold coin entry


Southland dog lovers are invited to join Healthy Pets New Zealand and friends for a family fun-day celebrating all things canine!

Sponsored by Royal Canin, HPNZ Dogs’ Day Out will feature demonstrations, have-a-go-events (for kids of all ages), and presentations from animal health experts – but that’s just the start!

“Whether you have two legs or four, there will be lots of fun, education and entertainment on offer for the whole family,” says Healthy Pets New Zealand (HPNZ) Chair Dr Cath Watson.

“We know Southlanders love their dogs. We’re looking forward to showcasing some of the research that is helping Kiwi dogs and their owners live longer, happier and healthier lives.”

Local organisations taking part include The Southland Sled Dog Association, Southland Dog Training Club, The Southland Kennel Association, Waikiwi Vets, and The Southern Institute of Technology.

Expert speakers will make presentations on a range of topics including nutrition, arthritis, behaviour, and the work of Fire Service search dogs throughout the day.

An exhibition area will feature offerings from some of Invercargill’s favourite dog stores.

Royal Canin veterinarian Dr Corey Regnerus, who will give a presentation on nutrition, says he’s looking forward to taking part in what is hoped to become an annual Southland event.

“From the amazing sled dogs to the life-saving work of the search dogs, there will be so much to learn, do and to see. It really will be a fantastic celebration of all things canine.”

Dr Cath Watson says the gold-coin entry event is a great opportunity to showcase Healthy Pets research and provide southlanders the opportunity to support animal health research.

“Many Southland dog owners will not be surprised to learn that more than 90 per cent of New Zealand dog owners also regard their canine companions as valued family members.

“They might also be surprised to learn there is no government funding for pet health research in New Zealand, which is why our researchers rely on the support of pet owners who care.

“We’ll be encouraging attendees to dig deep to support research that is helping to improve the lives of Kiwi dogs and their owners today and will continue to for many generations to come.”

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 follow the following rules:

  • Dogs cannot be left tied up unattended.
  • Dogs will not be allowed near the stables, on the racetrack itself, or indoors. 
  • In accordance with Southern Farmers’ Market policy, dogs will not be allowed in the market area, which is where food preparation / provision takes place.
  • Dog owners will be required to confirm their animal’s vaccination schedule is up to date (including for Kennel Cough) prior to entry.

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