Walk, sit and stay at Laurel's Dog Show Sunday at McCullough Field

Laurel dogs are getting dressed up and practicing their tricks and vocal skills for the fourth annual Laurel Dog Show, taking place Sunday, Sept. 23 at McCullough Field from noon to 4 p.m.

This year's show is expected to attract close to 100 dogs and owners, which is twice as many as last year, according to show organizer Bonny DuCote, a program specialist for Laurel Parks and Recreation.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the entry fee is $5 per dog. Owners can enter their dogs in an unlimited number of competitive classes, such as most obedient or most affectionate, best costume, best pair or group of dogs, best puppy, best senior dog and best vocal performance. One competition gives a prize to the dog and owner who most look alike.

Classes for best dog trick will be divided into two categories: professional and home-trained. Ducote said this would level the playing field a bit since many professional dog trainers like to enter the competition.

Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place and honorable mention. Any dog that wins a blue ribbon in one of the competitions can compete for the Best in Show grand prize.

The first 100 dogs that are registered will receive a swag bag, and door prizes of dog-oriented gift certificates will be awarded, too.

There's no rain date. To check on weather-related cancellations, call 301-497-NEWS.

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