Goldzilla has many options for entertaining both you and your dog. Activities are free unless otherwise noted.
K9 Nose Work® demonstrations
In Nose Work, one dog and one handler form a team to mimic professional detection dog tasks. The dog must find a hidden target odor and alert the handler to be rewarded with food or a toy. K9 Nose Work is gaining popularity with many dogs and their humans—it also benefits dogs with disabilities or behavior problems. Demonstrations will include opportunities for your dog to try Nose Work. To learn more, visit www.k9nosework.com.
Trick Dog booth
Trick Dog training is becoming a popular activity and a great way to bond with your dog. Practicing tricks puts your dog in a learning-to-learn mode and can be taught for both entertainment and practical skills. Dogs often get both physical and mental exercise during Trick Dog training, so it’s a great way to burn off excess energy. Stop by for a demonstration. For more info, visit www.akc.org/trick-dog.
Have your dog photographed in or near a beautiful Audi automobile, provided by our Platinum sponsor, Audi of Minneapolis and St. Paul. All photos will be posted on Facebook for voting, and the three photographs with the most “likes” will each be awarded $10 in RAGOM Bucks. For details, review the photo contest rules.
Have you adopted a RAGOM dog from a large group rescue or a RAGOM puppy from a litter? By popular demand, we’ve added the Reunion Tent to this year’s Goldzilla event. If you adopted a RAGOM dog from the following groups, stop by during your time slot (check the Goldzilla schedule) to connect with the other dogs and their families.
- Puppies from a RAGOM litter during the past four years
- Auction and commercial breeding dogs
- Turkish Goldens
- South Dakota hoarding case (March 2016)
In lure coursing dogs chase a mechanically operated lure around a system of pulleys. Lure coursing is a great way to spend time with your best friend and enjoy his or her
athleticism. It also promotes endurance and helps your dog become more responsive and focused. Lure course tickets are $5 each.
Let your dog play the lottery at Goldzilla with Doggie Lotto! It’s simple: we fill a small pool with tennis balls numbered to indicate prize levels, and your dog jumps in and grabs a tennis ball to see what he or she has won. Doggie Lotto draws are $2 each.
Is your dog an agility pro who loves to show off? Or maybe you’d like to enroll your dog in agility but not sure how he or she will react. Take advantage of our fenced agility area and find out!
Does your Golden love water? Is that a silly question? Head down to the beach, unsnap that leash, and enjoy the show while your dog romps in Long Lake. You can walk down to the lake or catch the dog-friendly Goldzilla shuttle.
Although we generally require our canine attendees to be leashed when they’re not enjoying a swim in Long Lake, you can set your dog free in the Goldzilla off-leash play area.