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The 3rd annual 2017 Ren’s Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races is set for July 7 at Grand River Raceway! Registration details coming soon. Sign-up for our Notification List below to be the first to know! A summary of the 2016 event is below.

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What time are the dog races? Showcased on the racetrack, between the horse races, the Wiener Dog Races will be contested in three qualifying heats starting after Horse Race #5 (approx 8:00). The Final (top 3 dogs from each heat) will be after Horse Race #7 (approx. 8:45). The trophy presentations will be after Horse Race #8 (approx. 9:00).

Back by popular demand, one of the biggest events of the season features 30 Dachshunds in a bid for glory. Enjoy 4 dog races and 10 horse races. There are no losers, only wieners on July 8 at Grand River Raceway.

Dog registration opened June 6.

For spectators:

  • 4 wiener races
  • 10 horse races
  • free admission & parking
  • 3 restaurants & patio BBQ
  • Kids’ horse crafts & barn tour in The NEIGHbourhood

For Wieners:

  • registration opens June 6
  • 30 dogs maximum
  • swag for all participants
  • trophy & $300+ in prizes for winner of the Wiener Final
  • $50 gift card for wieners finishing 2nd & 3rd in the Final
  • small gift basket for all heat winners
  • all dogs profiled in race program and on TV broadcast

 

Questions? (519) 846-5455 ext. 238

Frequently Asked Questions

The race will be approximately 20 metres.

Showcased on the racetrack, between the horse races, the Wiener Dog Races will be contested in three (3) qualifying heats running consecutively starting at 8:00 p.m. There will be 10 dogs max/heat. The top three (3) finishers from each heat will compete in the Final at 8:45 p.m. All races are 20 meters in distance.

The dogs will be introduced on the TV race broadcast (between the horses races) starting at 6:30 and leading up to 8:00.

Showcased on the racetrack, between the horse races, the Wiener Dog Races will be contested in three (3) qualifying heats starting at 8:00. The Final will be at 8:45. The trophy presentations will be at 9:00.

Yes. We will do our best to keep dogs of a similar age grouped together in the qualifying heats.

Check-in under the Tarmac Tent between 5:30pm and 6:30pm on Friday, July 8. If you’re not sure where the Tarmac Tent is, please see the Guest Care Counter when you arrive.

No. All registrations must be paid online via Eventbrite. The registration fee is $25/dog. This amount includes HST and the online payment service fee.

The lineup for the Ren’s Pet Depot 2nd annual Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway will be announced on July 5/16.

Certainly! You can visit one of our three restaurants and grab a bite to eat.

The Getaway Restaurant 
The Lighthouse Restaurant 
The Captain’s Quarters reservations: (519) 846-5455 ext. 247
There is also a tarmac BBQ (great BBQ options and cold beer!)

Then, watch our live horse racing program. Post time for the first race is 6:30pm and they run until approximately 10:00pm. The Wiener Dog Races will take please between the races; the three qualifying heats will be at 8:00 p.m. The Final will be at 8:45 p.m. The trophy presentations will be at 9:00 p.m.

Yes! There are many tactics you can review with your dog. You should be getting him/her ready to run once you release them. Grab a partner and send them 20 metres away from you while you hold your dog, then release the dog and teach him/her to run to your partner.

Yes, we will provide a colour coordinated line-up of bandanas and/or sweaters per each dog. These bandanas will go around their collar, however they won’t be long, and they won’t drag – they shouldn’t hinder their ability to run or cause them to freeze-up like some wieners do when they’re wearing a costume. During your training, tie a bandana around their neck to help familiarize your pooch with the bandana.

Each participating pooch will receive a “doggy bag” from our sponsors; Ren’s Pet Depot, Loyall Dog Food and OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway. Legendary Canine & Loyall Pet Foods.

• trophy & $300+ in prizes for winner of the Wiener Final
• $50 gift card for wieners finishing 2nd & 3rd in the Final
• small gift basket for all heat winners

No, each pooch must remain on their leash until the start of the race.

No, only guide dogs are permitted inside the grandstand or inside any of our restaurants – health and safety rules pertaining to food and beverage areas deny access of animals.

The Ren’s Pet Depot Wiener Dog Race will run rain or shine. However, if there are EXTREME weather conditions and the horse races are canceled or in jeopardy of being canceled, we will make the call to reschedule by 3:00pm on Friday, July 8. If that is the case we will contact everyone individually to let them know. In that case, the rain date is July 22, 2016.

If your dog is well-mannered and on a leash at all times, you may bring it onto the grounds. Owners must pick-up after their dogs immediately. Aside from guide dogs, dogs are not permitted inside any of our buildings.

Yes. The dog races will be shown on our live streaming video. Go here to watch — under the LIVE tab. THE STREAMING VIDEO CANNOT BE ACCESSED UNTIL 6:00 P.M. The Wiener Dog Races will be contested in three qualifying heats starting after Horse Race #5 (approx 8:00). The Final (top 3 dogs from each heat) will be after Horse Race #7 (approx. 8:45). The trophy presentations will be after Horse Race #8 (approx. 9:00).

Meet The Wieners! Contenders in the 2016 Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway:

ALLEY
Age: 4
Weight: 14 lb
Handlers: Amy McNair & Billy Davis Jr.
Alley won a heat of the 2015 wiener dog races but fell short in the final. She’s been training with the horses at the Gregg McNair stable, looking to redeem herself.

BAILEY
Age: 14
Weight: 16 lb
She is a lean mean running machine!!  Don’t let her age fool you!!

BAIN
Age: 11 mos
Weight: 13.5 lb
Tan and black, long haired miniature, Bain loves to socialize and have fun!

BEANS
Age: 1
Weight: 20 lb
Handlers: Mary McLean & & Shawn Sadlak

A sweet little dapple doxie! Loves to chew his toys and play outside with his other fur-siblings! Good luck to all!

BELLA
Age: 8
Weight: 19 lb
Handlers: Caitlin Hall & Andrade

A little farm dog with a big winning spirit! Bella’s been training hard, giving the free-range chickens on the farm a run for their money!

BERKLEY
Age: 6
Weight: 21 lb
A hilarious dog! He sings when music is playing and is very lovable. He also loves to be independent and chew bones in his spare time!

BUTTERCUP
Age: 8
Weight: 10 lb
Handlers: Rachel Anderson & Chris Bourassa

She’s been training hard; spent time at the spaw, hoping  to raise the woof in her first race. Winnings will be donated to Cambridge Humane Society.

DASH
Age: 3
Weight: 11 lb
A long haired mini who loves long walks on the beach, candle lit dinners, chasing sticks, lazing around on hot summer days.

EMMA
Age: 1
Weight: 18 lb
Handlers: Laura Green & Madison Cairney

Sweet, smart, shy. Loves hikes, playing ball, & swimming. Enjoys her training classes; recently graduated Level 3 Obedience, and is starting Rally soon.

FROGGY
Age: 2
Weight: 10 lb
Handlers: Aimy Emmerson-Reidpath & and Jason Emmerson-Reidpath

A quick little dog who loves to hunt squirrels and frogs! She’s independent and sassy. Aimy, who is 11, is her true owner and best friend.

HONEY
Age: 5.5
Weight: 18 lb
Handlers: Shawn McFalls & Mary Balkwill
Honey (Honey Bear) placed 3rd in her heat last year and is ready to show you her stuff! Sponsored by Bears Cheerleading!

JOHNSON
Age: 6
Weight: 30 lb
This dog will astound you with his speed, heart and determination!

JUNEBUG
Age: 5.5
Weight: 12 lb
Handlers: Shawn McFalls & Mary Balkwill
2015 champ of this race (5.2 sec in the first heat and 4.7 sec in the final). The one to beat this year!

LADY
Age: 4
Weight: 18 lb
Handlers: Carolyn Curtis & Henry Curtis

Lady was a rescue dog from Canadian Daschund Rescue and is so happy to have a new home. She is a loving and loveable dog!

LILY (Silly Lily Smith)
Age: 4
Weight: 9 lb
Handlers: Brett & Jade Smith

Lily is a silly princess who likes to be pampered and get her toes painted pink.

LILLY (SWIECH)
Age: 6
Weight: 15 lb
Handlers: Landon Swiech & Rob Swiech

Shy, loves her owner and takes her time getting use to others.  Unlike her sister, Moxie, Lilly is a little lazy  — she’d rather spend her days relaxing.

LUCY (FISCHER)
Age: 4
Weight: 14 lb
Handlers: Teri Fischer & Rhonda Watt

Sweet-natured wiener; loves belly rubs, long walks, playing with her pal friend Pixie & sunbathing.  She volunteers at a local nursing home!

LUCY (TRY)
Age: 1.5
Weight: 11 lb
Handlers: Reg & Sue Try

Lucy is managed by Reg and Sue Try — a purebred miniature wired haired dachshund. Small but mighty and a professional clown.

MOXIE
Age: 1
Weight: 10 lb
Handlers: Joanna Chomik & Rob Swiech

Full of life and energy!  Gets into everything and is a bit of a troublemaker! Loves chewing shoes & taunting her older sister!

OSCAR
Age: 7
Weight: 16 lb
Handlers: Team Whitely

Oscar was a Wienerfest puppy race winner in his youth and is currently training for a new title as an adult dog.

OTTO
Age: 4
Weight: 17 lb
Handlers: Melissa Antaya & Sarah Rioux

A handsome chocolate dapple; enjoys long walks on the beach, driving in his convertible and nights in for snuggles.

PAXIL
Age: 5
Weight: 9 lb
Handlers: Tamara & Alan Jones

Sometimes compared to Eeoyre or Tigger; some say he’s all looks, but don’t dismiss him — he’s quick and sly!

PENNY
Age: 8 mos
Weight: 19 lb
Handlers: Kathryn & Ben

Happiest dog ever! Loves meeting new people & dogs during her daily walks. Enjoys games of fetch & likes to chase my 4-year-old son!

RED
Age: 2
Weight: 15 lb
Handlers: Heather D Walsom & Dawn Marie Fetter

Red, small and quick! Plays soccer like a pro; tips his food dish when he doesn’t get his way; loves to cuddle!

RUE
Age: 1
Weight: 10 lb
Handlers: Nicole & Debbie Lienhart

This little firecracker is the light in anyone’s life! Don’t let her pint size fool you … Rush’n Rue-lette is here to race!

SADIE
Age: 7
Weight: 15 lb
Handlers: Joanna Chomik & Jewels Chomik-Heins

Friendly long haired wiener dog; loves her owner (who had adopted her when she was 2) summer days & walks!

TANK (MacDonald)
Age: 2
Weight: 14 lb
Handlers: Jenna MacDonald & Lynn MacDonell

Debuted in the 2015 race, took the winter off, trained all spring and won his first start of 2016 at the KW Pet Expo in May.

TANK-A-ROO-BOO
Age: 1
Weight: 11 lb
Handlers: Lisa Drobotenko & Shane Bradley
Loves his brother Dozer, treats, fetch, and most of all he loves his mommy!

TASHA MARIE SGRO
Age: 1
Weight: 10 lb
Handlers: Misha Sgro & Kathleen Sgro

A lively blonde dapple long haired mini! LOVES to eat, is loveable and social.  Loves to snuggle her human mommy!

WALLY
Age: 7
Weight: 14 lb
Handlers: Robbin Pinkney & Dan Burns 

Wally The Wonder Weiner’s superhero is Crusoe The Dachshund. Enjoys Scooby Doo and chasing cats; he also does agility!

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