Wiener Dog Race
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 5 at Grand River Raceway.
4 wiener races
10 horse races
3 restaurants & patio BBQ
3 Food Trucks
Free admission & parking!
Registration opens June 6th, 2019
WIENER RACE: Max 30 spots
Swag for all participants
Trophy & prizes for race contest winners
All dogs profiled in race program & on TV broadcast
Frequently Asked Questions
Can’t make it to the track? Watch online (starting at 6:00 p.m. EST) on July 5.
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).
Registration for the Wiener Dog Races opens on June 6 at 7:00 a.m. (EST). On June 6, there will be a button on the top of this web page linking to the Registration Page on Eventbrite.
$50 (includes HST and online booking fee)
30 dogs max.
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 First Turn Tent between 5:30pm and 6:30pm on race night.
If I can’t make it to the event and I’ve already paid my fee, can I get a refund?
Sorry, there are no refunds for this event.
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. 297
There is also a few tarmac BBQs & 3 Food Trucks
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.
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
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).
RACE 1 – #1 – Rosie
Age:20mos • Weight:12 lb
Miniature with an anything but miniature heart. Her sassieness is only exceeded by her mischievous behaviour. She will do almost anything for her favourite treat.
RACE 1 – #2 – Buddy
Age: 19mos • Weight:12 lb
Buddy loves his walks but prefers to nap any chance he gets.
RACE 1 – #3 – Maisie
Age: 2 • Weight: 10 lb
Maisie is cute , cuddly, adorable but most of all fast!!!
RACE 1 – #4 – Minnie
Age: 13.5wks • Weight: 5 lb
Minnie is a little firecracker. She is very friendly and loves to play.
RACE 1 – #5 – Pickle
Age: 9mos • Weight: 10 lb
Pickle is a cocktail weenie filled with love and neediness. Her interests include open mouth kissing, her big sister Olive, and crying for no reason.
RACE 1 – #6 – Ollie
Age: 1 • Weight: 12 lb
Don’t let the blue eyes fool you!
RACE 2 – #1 – Pedro Gonzales
Age: 3 • Weight: 19 lb
An avid wiener racer that has only won once. Still not discouraged! Can run backwards but hopefully won’t do that on race day!
RACE 2 – #2 – Brando
Age: 2 • Weight: 13 lb
Looking to improve from last year. A little heavier and has worked hard to learn to run in a straight line. Chases a squeaky ball & Vincent the cat to stay in shape.
RACE 2 – #3 – Penny
Age: 3 • Weight: 28 lb
Penny loves cuddles and treats! She’s hoping to make a come back after some disappointing starts in previous races.
RACE 2 – #4 – Jerry
Age: 2 • Weight: 15 lb
Back for another shot at becoming the 2019 champ! He enjoys naps, belly rubs and getting into trouble with Abby the cat. This guy packs a lot of punch on race day!
RACE 2 – #5 – Pippin
Age: 3 • Weight: 10 lb
Loves attention, treats and being our friendly neighbourhood greeter. Her mad dash around the backyard, let me know she is ready to try again (3rd time).
RACE 2 – #6 – Ellie
Age: 2.5 • Weight: 15 lb
Very energetic dog who loves to fetch her toy for hours and then relax in the pool. All you need to do is meet her once and she will be your best friend.
RACE 3 – #1 – Bentley
Age: 11 • Weight: 19 lb
Bentley is full of personality and LOVES people! Also LOVES food and would do almost anything for a treat! He is very excited about his first race!
RACE 3 – #2 – Mustard
Age: 5 • Weight: 15.5 lb
Little dog with BIG personality! Hoping to regain his 2017 “Golden Wiener” title in 2019, after placing a close second in 2018! Mustard’s favourite event of the year!
RACE 3 – #3 – Dashpig
Age: 5 • Weight: 15 lb
2018 Champion: Dash loves snugging with his family, chasing balls and eating snacks!
RACE 3 – #4 – Daisy
Age: 7 • Weight: 25 lb
Daisy is a lovable, zany and speedy wiener!
RACE 3 – #5 – The Mighty Zeus
Age: 5 • Weight: 14 lb
Zeus is a loveable black and tan wiener dog. He enjoys Sun bathing, car rides, hunting around the farm and playing with his friends.
RACE 3 – #6 – Flash
Age: 4 • Weight: 14 lb
Flash lives up to his name. He loves chasing squirrels & rabbits and is currently working at Canine Balance Training as a demo dog.