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‘Dog’s Day Out’ returns to Floriade

Developed in 1988 as a grand, one-off floral tribute to mark Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary, Floriade has now become Canberra’s most iconic annual tourism event, with close to half a million local, interstate and international visitors enjoying the floral frenzy each year.

Guide dog puppies in Sydney.5th June 2014Photo: Janie Barrett

This Saturday, you can celebrate man’s best friend as Floriade invites the public to bring their pooches to Commonwealth Park for the festival’s annual Dog’s Day Out.

Open to dogs of all shapes and sizes, four-legged furry friends will be welcomed through the gates of the festival and invited to experience a sensory overload like no other. For one day only, owners and pups will have the chance to explore the sights, smells and sounds of this magical event together.

Blonde puppy - Grass

This year for the first time, Dog’s Day Out has teamed up with charity partner Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, an organisation which is thrilled to be involved.

Barbara Bonfield FACS Shoot

“Guide Dogs cost more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train, and are provided at no cost to those who need them”, said Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Regional Manager, Patrick Shaddock. “Our charity partnership with Floriade will allow us to raise funds to continue our important service of enabling people who are blind or vision-impaired to get around their communities safely and independently”, he continued.

Puppy Pals Dec - black puppy

Alongside a scheduled program of dog-themed presentations and demonstrations, there will also be prizes on the day for the best dressed dog/s and their owners.

For more information on this playful day out, and to see what else is planned at Floriade –

Doggy rules:

  • All dogs must remain on a leash at all times.
  • Dogs and owners must remain on designated paths and must not enter any garden bed at any time.
  • Dogs may not enter any indoor venue or food outlet.
  • Dogs must be picked up after and all waste disposed of responsibly.
  • Dogs may only enter The Floriade site during opening hours of Saturday 15 October 2016.
  • Due to the large number of dogs expected to attend, no other animals will be permitted to attend.