These Dog Athletes Are One of the Most Popular Attractions at the Calgary Stampede

The Dog Bowl features talented dogs doing tricks, dancing, jumping and barking their way into your heart.

Opal (aka BowWowie Mandel, a nod to America's Got Talent judge Howie Mandel) is one of the many dogs performing in the Dog Bowl. Photograph by Chris Landry.

The Dog Bowl is an annual spectacle that is a favourite of many Calgary Stampede-goers, and for good reason. What more can you ask for than adorable canines flying around, zipping in and out of obstacles, and just being all-around good boys?

The performers, known as the Canine Stars, were even featured on America’s Got Talent, and they certainly have talent in spades. These dogs — many of whom are rescues — race, catch frisbees, dance and dock-dive into a ball pit as part of the show.

You can still catch a show during the last days of Stampede. The Dog Bowl shows run daily at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Hall D of the BMO Centre. Unsurprisingly, seats to watch the Dog Bowl fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive early.


Here’s a Peek Inside the Dog Bowl

Photograph by Chris Landry.
In the frisbee competition, dogs and owners see who can throw and catch it the farthest. Photograph by Chris Landry.
Dogs of all sizes and breeds compete against each other in the obstacle race. Photograph by Chris Landry.
Photograph by Chris Landry.
Photograph by Chris Landry.
Photograph by Chris Landry.
Photograph by Chris Landry.
Photograph by Chris Landry.
BowWowie Mandel (Opal) waits patiently for a treat – others do not. Photograph by Chris Landry.

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