If it takes you an hour to walk down the block because your kids have to stop and pet every single dog that crosses their path (Does everyone in NYC have a dog these days? You’re not making our walks to school any easier!), the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, is for you. Though the WKC canine competition is best known for its Best in Show award, handed out this year on Tuesday evening, February 11, at Madison Square Garden, it’s the weekend pre-events that are best for families.
At the Masters Agility Championship on Saturday, February 8, inside the cavernous Pier 94 on the West Side Highway, you can sit right next to the timed obstacle course and almost touch the world’s most agile pups as they jump hurdles and run through tubes. (But don’t! You will get in very big trouble! Not that my kids learned this lesson the hard way last year or anything.)
At the Masters Obedience Championship on Sunday, February 9, you can watch very good Fidos sit, stay, retrieve, and drop, as well as get a glimpse into the judging of the hounds and breeding dogs category. In between rounds, dog owners/trainers walk freely around the facility and most of them are very generous about letting spectators pet and gush over their pets. It’s a great opportunity to meet and learn about different breeds!