San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In its simplest terms, the Doggie Derby is a 25-yard race between dogs of equal size. If your dog wins, he or she moves on to race again until only two are left in any weight class. The winner of this race is the champion of his or her weight class. The winners of each weight class can also race for the title of Doggie Derby Grand Champion. Whether your dog is a Yorkie or a Great Dane, all dogs can participate, and half of the fun is watching the underdog come out on top. French bulldogs have as much of a chance of winning as greyhounds when their owners are at the finish line cheering (or perhaps coaxing) them to victory. And let’s face it; sometimes it’s just as fun to see whether dogs will even finish the race. Some run sideways, and others prefer lounging at the starting line. Some even get all the way to the finish line, do an about-face, and run back to the start. You just never know what these guys will do. And that’s what makes it so much fun!
When do I need to show up if my dog is racing? Owners of registered dogs must check in between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Racing will begin immediately following the singing of the National Anthem at 10:30 a.m.
What are the hours of the event? The official event hours are from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
May I register the day of the Derby? Registration fills up quickly and will not likely be available the day of the Derby. Participants are encouraged to register online here.
What are the rules for bringing my dog? Only bring your pet along if it is well-behaved, non-aggressive and doesn’t get stressed out in crowded, stimulating and noisy situations. Your pet must be current on all vaccinations. Dogs must be on a fixed lead or a locked retractable lead, no longer than 6 feet.
How much does it cost? Preregistration- $15.00 race entry fee per dog; Day of race- $25 race entry fee per dog. There is no charge for spectators although donations are always greatly appreciated.
How do I get my dog to run? By any means necessary (with the exception of throwing objects). We recommend two handlers; one to hold the dog at the starting line, and the second to coax the dog to the finish line. You may entice your dog with his/her favorite toy or treat. No handlers or objects are permitted within the racing lane as it may be a distraction to the opponent.
What if my dog has never raced before? There is no special training required prior to the race. The race is a short twenty-five yard fun-run.
Will food and drinks be available? Yes, food and cold drinks will be available for purchase. No outside food or beverages are permitted.
What supplies do I need to bring with me to the Derby? Leash. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. You may consider bringing an umbrella for shade. For the health and safety of other pets please make sure that your dogs vaccinations are up to date.
What happens if it rains? The event is scheduled to take place rain or shine.