‘Dog Days of Summer’ family event is happening this weekend in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — This Saturday and Sunday, dogs and their families are invited to the Norris Penrose Event Center for a variety of fun activities.

Inaugural Dog Days of Summer event includes dog adoptions, dog training demonstrations, dog behavior workshops, flyball class, bouncy houses, petting zoo, and dog and kid agility classes .

Officials say the agility course and the flyball course will have instructors so the dog and handler can learn together.

“There’s a lot to think about when you have so much entertainment,” said Vendor Advocate Samantha Sargent. “The fact that it’s a family event with a huge kids area and puppy play area. We’ve got those spaces so you can really let the dogs run over you and your kids get involved. “

According to the organizers, this event is different from other pet shows. Officials say it’s not just for dogs, there will be activities and entertainment for the whole family. In addition, the event as a whole aims to promote health and fitness.

On Friday, KRDO spoke with Whitney Conder, who will lead the kids’ zone. She explained that she will speak and demonstrate how families can include their dogs in a healthy and active lifestyle. This will include nutrition for children and dogs as well as inclusive exercises for dogs.

“One of the things I will teach is an agility ladder,” Conder said. “As the child or adult goes through the agility ladder, he teaches the dog to go straight with him. So he gets exercise but also allows the dog to get exercise. part, to work with their dog’s behavior, to help them work with control and build a relationship with their dog.”

Bob Warren said he created the event after being inspired to help children get outside more, interact with the world around them and step away from the digital world.

“Some time ago I wrote a book called Kids and Canines for kids to be interactive with a dog,” Warren said. “I wrote it as an exercise program to get kids to play outside.”

Warren said he’s never been to a pet show before this one that really focuses on the family dog ​​and the kids. He thinks it could be the first interactive place for kids and family dogs that deals strictly with that relationship.

“Bob started out with entertainment,” Sargent said. “He knows the dogs, he knows the shows, he knows how to bring a crowd and entertain that crowd.”

The first-ever Dog Days of Summer takes place on Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event takes place at the Norris Penrose Event Center located at 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd.

Adults are $8 for a single day or $13 for both. Children 10 and under are free. Click here to buy tickets online.

If mentioned, tickets buy one get one free.

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