Dogs of all breeds, shapes, and sizes are invited to participate in athletic and non-athletic competition such as Limbo, Musical Sit, Howling Contest, Longest Tail, Roll Over Rover, High Jump, and the Frisbee Toss. A new competition this year is a demonstration ring for the youngest canine handlers to be able to present their pet’s skills.

Among the scheduled demonstrations are Flyball with Officer Phil Humphries and Robby of the Cary K9 Unit, Dog Gone Fast, Canine Good Citizenship Testing with Helping Paws International, and a demonstration by Triumphant Tails.

The Raleigh Kennel Club will once again operate a free microchip clinic (one pet per family) with trained personnel implanting a microchip that can be scanned with a handheld device ensuring a lost dog will be returned to its owner.

An Olympic Village will feature 13 shelters and breed rescue groups, canine health information booths including the CVM Seizure Studies Program, NCSU Libraries, more than 20 vendors offering canine-related goods and services, and food trucks.

The annual Dog Olympics is a great family day and provides an excellent opportunity to further socialize well behaved dogs as well as an opportunity for a family considering adding a pet to the home to observe all breeds of dogs and talk with their owners and representatives of various rescue groups.

Admission for owner and competing canine athlete is $5 with the cost covering an entry fee for one event and access to a digital photo of the canine champion on the Olympic platform. Each additional event and photo is $2. Admission for owner and a non-competing dog is $3. Admission for an individual is $1 while children age five and younger are free. All proceeds support the rescue groups in attendance.

Rain date is September 26.

Note: The College of Veterinary Medicine is located at 1060 William Moore Drive at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Highway. Directions. All dogs must be current on all vaccinations and kept on a leash until competing. No dogs under four months are permitted.

For more information, call 919.513.6662 or email [email protected].