Attend a dog event. These may specifically cater for dog owners, or they may include events that you and your dog can participate in.
Held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne during May, this show promises to celebrate our best friends like no other event. Meet and interact with hundreds of dogs, listen to talks by vets and dog lovers and watch in awe as talented dogs show off their tricks. There will be hundreds of exhibitors providing information, education and offering the latest products and services to spoil your pooch with. While this is a show for dog lovers, visitors are reminded not to bring their dogs with them.Visit website
The RSPCA hosts an annual fundraising event to fight animal cruelty. Held simultaneously at many locations throughout Victoria on a Sunday in May, thousands of animal lovers and their pets participate in sponsored walks. A fun day for all, with entertainment, displays, stalls, giveaways and other activities.Visit website
This is Australia's leading competition and is held over 9 days during the Royal Melbourne Show in September. Thousands of competitors promote and benchmark their breeds during this prestigious event which includes obedience, agility and jumping trials. Visitors get to see a variety of dog breeds and witness the judging process and award presentations.Visit website
Bark For Life is a Cancer Council Victoria fundraising event that honours the caring qualities of dogs throughout a human cancer experience. Held at Jells Park South in Wheelers Hill during October, the community will come together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against cancer through a walk or run. Your dogs are welcome to join you. There will be moving ceremonies, food and drink, and fun activities for those of all ages. It is a great day out for all the family and their special pooch. Funds raised will go to cancer research, prevention and support programs.Visit website
Melbourne's first dog friendly community music festival is held annually at Burnley Park in Richmond during November. Enjoy live music outdoors from some of Melbourne's best local talent while your pets make friends. There will be food trucks and stalls selling dog products. All proceeds from ticket sales go to charities that protect and care for dogs.Visit website