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Dug Up at Dogster April 2020 Dog Events

April showers bring spring flowers and plenty of things to do for dog lovers here on the Dogster april 2020 dog events calendar.

Melissa L. Kauffman  |  Apr 7th 2020


Sring into action with your dog and tackle these april 2020 dogs events. Don’t see your dog event here? Just email us at dogstermag@belvoir.com to get your event in the listing.

NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the activities listed here have been postponed, cancelled or have become a virtual event. Please check the event website for the latest information.

All Month: National Adopt a Greyhound Month; Heartworm Awareness Month; Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

Every Wednesday:  All Things Dogs Trick-Training Webinar Series

All Things Dogs announces the launch of Trick Training Live, a new trick training program created as a response to COVID-19 self-isolation. This program teaches dog owners how to mentally stimulate their dogs to keep them happy and healthy by using trick-training and brain games. Airs live every Wednesday at 12:15 CDT via this link with 30-minute training sessions. Each session teaches dog owners new and stimulating tricks, through an easy, step-by-step process. You can also participate in a live Q&A following each session.

April 3-5, 2020: 2020 Trick Dog Expo

For those whose dogs know more than just a few tricks, take them to the 3rd Annual Trick Dog Expo (abbreviated as TriDEx) at the Purina Farms Event Center in Gray Summit, MO. TriDEx will host a full schedule of speakers, workshops, demonstrations, stunt dog entertainers, plus an exhibitor hall. It all culminates in the Stunt Dog National Championships, where the second National Stunt Dog Champion will be crowned. Check out domorewithyourdog.com.

Are you up to taking the Cani Cross challenge with your dog?

April 5, 2020: Dirty Dog Dare

Passionate about running or walking trails with your dog? Then don’t miss the Dirty Dog Dare, the CaniCross companion event to the Meraki Trail Run. CaniCross athletes can choose between the 4.5- or 9-mile event. Don’t worry if you are new to CaniCross: It’s a beginner-friendly event, and special CaniCross equipment is not required. The event takes place at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area, part of the Wisconsin State Park system in Kansasville, WI. For entry fees and other details, see xcthrillogy.com.

April 7, 2020: Free Living Successfully with Dogs Webinar

Looking for something both fun and educational to do today about dogs? Well, Dogster columnist and behaviorist Victoria Stilwell and the Petco Foundation are putting on a FREE webinar today, April 7th, at 1:30 EST called Living Successfully with Dogs. Interested? Register here.

April 9, 2020: Questlove Virtual Dance Party

Looking for something to do Friday night for National Hug Your Dog Day? Grammy-winning musician Questlove deejays a virtual dance party for you and your dog from 5p.m. to 7p.m. PST. It’s part of WUF WEEK . Questlove will DJ live on the @WUFintheWorld Instagram account, so join in there! Part of a fundraiser for the Michelson Found Animals’ Better Neighbor Project. WUF WEEK has activities all week, not just Friday. More details at wufintheworld.com.

April 10: Hug Your Dog Day

The name of this day says it all. All dogs deserve love, which is why they get their own day, which reminds us to spoil them with affection. Hug your dog every day? Then give a hug to a shelter dog who needs one.

April 16, 2020: Webinar Early Recognition and Support of Cancer Patients Utilizing an Integrative, Proactive Approach

Attend this free webinar presented by The Grey Muzzle Organization and Dr. Tamara Shearer at noon EST and 9 a.m. PST. If your dog has been diagnosed with cancer, being proactive with home evaluations between veterinary visits can improve outcomes and quality of life. The webinar shares tips on what to look for at home, plus also reviews common supportive care methods that can complement conventional care or provide palliative support. This is a FREE webinar, but space is limited. Registration is highly recommended.

April 17, 2020: Your Pets and Covid 19: A Conversation with Two Veterinarians

Animal medical insurance company  Trupanion and the COVID Council for Animal Health will host a webinar for pet owners on the latest information on COVID-19 as it relates to pet health. Questions from pet owners on how to best care for their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic will be answered. Pet owners, and those interested in the topic, can access the webinar for free, just register at https://www.facebook.com/events/158600928768650/ or Eventbrite. The webinar will also stream on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/Trupanion/. The event takes place at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

April 21, 2020: Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day

Portrait of a purebred English Bulldog http://bit.ly/16Cq4VM

So what if they’re wrinkly, stocky, slobber and have short snouts? What isn’t to love with the Bulldog? Well, just in case people need a reminder, post a cute pic of your favorite Bulldog to show just how gorgeous these pups are!

April 22: Premiere of California Landslide: A Dog’s True Story

The documentary “California Landslide: A Dog’s True Story” premiers on Earth Day, April 22, 2020.

A new documentary short film produced by Big Sur residents Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz shares the true story of a devoted dog and two women who develop an unbreakable bond as they are forced to flee their home due to the May 2017 landslide that buried the Pacific Coast Highway in Big Sur with more than 1 million tons of dirt and rock. Told through the perspective of their dog Anika, a Vizsla, whose playful personality lightens the mood and offers an approachable perspective to the impacts of climate change in California. The subjects’ human-animal bond was instrumental in their recovery process from the emotional trauma of the disaster. The short film also includes aerial footage of the catastrophic landslide and the rebuilding process of Highway 1 that has never been seen before. Sarah says, “This documentary is timely because scientists warn millions of people will be displaced every year in the next two decades unless humans act now. The impact of natural disasters on nature, animals, and humans is unprecedented and we are all in this climate crisis together.”

Dana adds, “Our hope is that our story will remind people in times of crisis whether it is a natural disaster, an environmental emergency, or a global pandemic, it is our compassion and love towards one another that will make us strong and guide us towards redemption.” The film premieres online on Earth Day for free streaming in perpetuity on Dana & Sara Films YouTube channel. The official trailer can be viewed here.

April 24-26, 2020: America’s Family Pet Expo

The America’s Family Pet Expo is one of the largest all pet shows on the West Coast.

Grab the family for three furrific days of pets — cute and cuddly, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors — at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Enjoy animal entertainment, like the All-Star Stunt Dogs, education, adoption and innovative products for the whole family. The AFPE welcomes leashed and well-behaved four-legged family members to the event ($10 per dog at the box office). For times, schedule and ticket info, check out petexpooc.org.

Top photograph: Bianca Grueneberg/ Getty Images

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