Kathy Zubick of Paris brought her female border collie puppy to play at Brantford Barks on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s good to show the capabilities and skills of dogs,” Zubick said. “This is Jenga’s first show.”
Zubick was one of about 2,000 people who attended the second annual Brantford Barks, presented by Fairview Drive Pet Hospital at Branlyn Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
The event included more than 20 vendors, an Ontario Dock Dogs competition, a live “ask the vet” talk show with Dr. Thomas Mulder, training sessions, agility demonstrations and other activities.
Andrew Morrison, 9, of St. George attended Brantford Barks with his two-year-old West Highland white terrier.
“I like all the dogs and the people that come together to do this,” Morrison said.
Brantford Barks organizer Jamie Stephens called the event “the anti-dog show.”
“I just want people to come out and have a fun day with their dogs,” Stephens said. “This is also about supporting local dog-related businesses.
“Some have said this event could be much bigger, but I really wanted to focus on local businesses.”
Stephens said Branford Barks provided valuable opportunities for dogs and their owners.
“You can come out and learn about local businesses and have the opportunity to see internationally renowned Dock Dogs,” he said. “Usually, you would have to see them at a much larger event.”
Jen Duvall, an employee of K-9 Case, said it is important for dogs to socialize with other dogs.
“It is important to have good canine neighbours, which means having well-socialized and friendly dogs,” Duvall said.