Entries Sought for 17th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials


The anticipation is building for the 17th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials. Possible contestants are busy writing application letters, posing for photographs, tailoring costumes, and honing talents for the trials, which will be held Sunday, August 11, at 10:30 a.m., as part of the Maine Boat & Home Show, August 9-11, on the waterfront in Rockland, Maine.

Everyone is invited to join the fun: While preference will be given to dogs that work in a boatyard, crew on a boat, or direct operations of any kind on the waterfront (or think that they do), any well-behaved dog is eligible to apply. Extra points ae given for originality and humor.

Applicants should ask: Do I love to watch “Lassie” re-runs with my dog? Does my dog’s tail wag faster when s/he dreams of cold ocean water? Does the applause of the crowd entice us both to strut your stuff? If the answers are yes, they are a “paw-in” to compete in the World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials.

Dogs (and their handlers) who are chosen for the quirky competition might be asked to navigate an obstacle course on a tippy dock, clamber in and out of a dinghy, or fetch objects from the water. Either dog or owner must end the segment completely soaked.

To cast a paw into the ring for a chance to act foolish before an adoring crowd, e-mail a letter of interest, a flattering high-resolution photograph, and daytime contact information to [email protected]. Extra points will be given for humor; this is NOT a serious competition.

Submissions are due by July 1, 2019, send to [email protected].

Finalists will be notified by July 8.

(PLEASE NOTE: For liability reasons, only bona fide service animals (preferably marked as such) and the field of predetermined trials competitors are allowed on show grounds. Please plan accordingly and leave all other pets at home.)

For more information and photos visit https://maineboats.com/boatshow/visitors/boatyard-dog