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Can’t make it to the track? Watch online (starting at 6:00 p.m. EST) on July 7.

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).

 

What time is the Costume Costume contest? Showcased on the tarmac, the Small Dog Costume Contest is after Horse Race #3 (approx 7:15). The trophy presentations to the top 3 finishers will be after Horse Race #8 (approx. 9:00). The winners are determined by popular vote.  Vote online (from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) on July 7.

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 7 at Grand River Raceway.

For spectators:

  • 4 wiener races
  • 10 horse races
  • free admission & parking
  • 3 restaurants & patio BBQ
  • NEW! Wiener Costume Contest
  • NEW!  VIP Wiener Wrangler Experience
    (Limited to 2 teams of 4; buy online)

For Wieners:

  • registration opens June 7
  • RACE: 30 spots 
  • COSTUME CONTEST: 30 spots
  • swag for all participants
  • trophy & prizes for race & costume contest winners
  • all dogs profiled in race program & on TV broadcast

Questions? (519) 846-5455 ext. 238

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration for the Costume Contest and the Wiener Dog Races opens on June 7 at 7:00 a.m. (EST). On June 7, there will be a button on the top of this web page linking to the Registration Page on Eventbrite.

COSTUME CONTEST:
$50/dog (includes HST and online booking fee)
30 dogs max.

RACES:
$50 (includes HST and online booking fee)
30 dogs max.

RACES:
• Each participating pooch will receive a doggy bag.
• trophy & $300+ in prizes for winner of the Wiener Final
• $50 gift card for wieners finishing 2nd & 3rd in the Final
• small gift for all heat winners

COSTUME CONTEST:
• Each participating pooch will receive a doggy bag.
• trophy & $300+ in prizes for winner of the Costume Contest (decided by popular vote)
• $50 Gift Basket for 2nd and 3rd place finishers, compliments of Legendary Canine

Yes. Dogs can be registered for both events, but there is no dual registration form. You must register for each event separately.

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 race night. 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 lineup for the races will be posted here, and on our social media, by Wednesday morning (2 days prior to the event).

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 (sold-out)
There is also a few tarmac BBQs (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 Costume Contest will be shown after Race 3 (approx. 7:15 p.m.) 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.

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 race day. If that is the case we will contact everyone individually to let them know.

Aside from guide dogs, we ask that you refrain from bringing your dog unless it is competing in the races or costume contest.

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 Costume Contest will be shown after Race 3 (approx. 7:15 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).

2017 contenders:

Meet The Wieners! Contenders in the 2017 Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway:

RACE 1 – ANNIE
Age: 12 • Weight: 10 lb
Loves to play fetch all day long and sleep in the big bed at night. Loves belly rubs and beggin strips!

RACE 1 – BELLA
Age: 9 • Weight: 20 lb
A feisty farm dog who trains for races by chasing the chickens and cows around her organic farm!

RACE 1 – AUGUST
Age: 8 • Weight: 15 lb
Likes to run and play, eat ice cream and be social with other dogs and cats!

RACE 1 – OSCAR
Age: 8 • Weight: 17 lb
Has won previous wiener dog races. He is an avid racer, ball-squeaker and swimmer!

RACE 1 – DAISY
Age: 7 • Weight: 15 lb
A loyal companion with a love for car rides and chasing squirrels!  She will take a hold of your heart!

RACE 1 – LILLY
Age: 7 • Weight: 14 lb
Calm and relaxed.  This cool cat is behaved and shy but enjoys some ole fashioned play time!

RACE 1 – DAISY
Age: 5 • Weight: 20 lb
A loveable, vivacious, and very active & playful dog.  Loves children and grown-ups!

RACE 1 – LADY
Age: 4 • Weight: 22 lb
Finished third last year, she loves to run and surprises everyone when they see how fast she is!

RACE 1 – HOLLISTER
Age: 4 • Weight: 10 lb
A little dog with a big name and an even bigger personality. His presence can fill any room!

RACE 1 – HERSHEY KISSES
Age: 3 • Weight: 9.5 lb
A sweet loving little boy.  He loves racing and if you get close enough to him, you may get one of his sweet kisses.

RACE 2 – FROGGY
Age: 3 • Weight: 10 lb
Finished 4th in her heat last year and is excited to race again this year! She’s been practicing by chasing squirrels!

RACE 2 – MUSTARD
Age: 3  • Weight: 17.5 lb
Hobbies include barking for no apparent reason, chasing squirrels and giving lots of hugs & kisses!

RACE 2 – THE MIGHTY ZEUS
Age: 3 • Weight: 15 lb
Loves hunting mice and chasing birds at the farm. He also enjoys sun bathing on warm days.

RACE 2 – BEANS
Age: 3 • Weight: 15 lb
Has been training since last year’s race and is ready to take home the winning spot this year!

RACE 2 – TANK
Age: 3 • Weight: 14 lb
Defending Champ
Competed in the debut 2015 race and returned for a win in the 2016 edition, Tank is back for more!

RACE 2 – TASHA
Age: 2 • Weight: 13 lb
A lovable, lively, long-haired mini blonde dapple who LOVES to eat.  She loves to snuggle Mommy!

RACE 2 – WILLY
Age: 2 • Weight: 13 lb
Sleep all day, play all night.

RACE 2 – LUCY
Age: 2 • Weight: 10 lb
In the sky with diamonds. Hobbies include begging for treats, barking and sleeping.

RACE 2 – GEORGE
Age: 2 • Weight: 14 lb
Enjoys being outdoors and off his leash while running around “his” park.

RACE 2 – MOXIE
Age: 2 • Weight: 12 lb
Is trouble.  She loves to get into things that she is not supposed to.  Loves to eat and play with tennis balls.

RACE 3 – REX
Age: 1.5 • Weight: 16 lb
A true gentleman. He usually moves at very slow speed, unless he is motivated. He is gentle and danty.

RACE 3 – TANK-A-ROO-BOO
Age: 2 • Weight: 12 lb
Loves to sing, give paw and eat treats all day. This is his 2nd time at the wiener dog races!

RACE 3 – PIPPIN
Age: 1.5 • Weight: 10 lb
A sweet, sassy sausage with green eyes. She loves treats, playing and visiting with her neighbours and their dogs.

RACE 3 – MARGOT
Age: 1 • Weight: 7 lb
Is very determined and runs straight and true. She leaps out of the gate and bounds down the track like a stone that has been skipped across a pond.

RACE 3 – PENNY
Age: 1 • Weight: 24 lb
Is looking to make a comeback after a disappointing loss last year. Penny loves her humans and anyone else that will stop to pet her!

RACE 3 – TONY
Age: 1 • Weight: 10 lb
Smart, playful and a good boy. His hobbies include sleeping, digging and wagging his tail.

RACE 3 – PEDRO GONZALES
Age: 1 • Weight: 12 lb
A very smart, talented little guy.  He can run backwards, but let’s hope he doesn’t do that during the race.

RACE 3 – MAGNIFICENT MIYA
Age: 1 • Weight: 7 lb
Has a big heart and a loving nature. She loves to compete and spends her days in the sun!

RACE 3 – FRANK
Age: 9 mos • Weight: 13 lb
An energetic pup who loves to run and play. He spends most of his time around big dogs, he thinks he is one.

RACE 3 – RUMOUR
Age: 8 mos • Weight: 12 lb
Is very affectionate and loves to snuggle.  He really likes to annoy and tease his dachshund brother Rex.