2022 Highlights

Highlights subject to change.


Pet Costume Contest

Sponsored by Just Pay Half

Dress up your pet and compete for prizes at the ever-popular Pet Costume Contest. Val Porter of 102.5 DVE serves as emcee of this competition for dogs of all sizes and competitors of all species.


Sponsored by Giant Eagle Pet Pharmacy

Competition takes place
Sunday at 3:30 pm

Advance registration on site
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 pm in contest area.

» Download and complete the form.
Bring it to the Pet Costume area at Animal Arena.

North America
Diving Dogs

It's the ultimate organization in the performance sport of dock diving. North America Diving Dogs is the only organization of its kind that offers diving dog titles recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Be prepared for some "big air" excitement and plan on getting wet!

Continuous jumps throughout the show.

For More information
» Click Here

Santa Paws
Photos with Santa

Santa visits Pittsburgh Pet Expo to find out which furry friends have been naughty or nice. Your pet can pose with Santa for a selfie.

Photos throughout weekend up to one hour before show ends each day.

Life Changing Service
Dogs for Veterans

Join trainers, veterans and their service dogs to hear how these life-changing canines transform and save lives. This 30-minute discussion sheds light on how service dogs are trained and then paired with local veterans to help them heal and reconnect with society.


Sponsored by Giant Eagle Pet Pharmacy

Friday at 8:00 pm; Saturday at 6:00 pm

Wild World of Animals

Discover the importance of all animals during a fast-paced “edu-tainment” show overflowing with fun and facts. Learn about the animal kingdom at this performance featuring a diverse menagerie of animals ranging from reptiles to birds to mammals.


Sponsored by Giant Eagle Pet Pharmacy

Saturday: Noon, 3:00 pm

Carnegie Museum Live Animal Encounter

Meet amazing live animal ambassadors from around the world, learn their fascinating stories, and gain new appreciation for the world around us. This 30-minute show features mammals, reptiles and invertebrates.


Sponsored by Giant Eagle Pet Pharmacy

Friday: 7:00 pm
Saturday: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon, 2:00 pm

Luring 101

It’s the perfect sport and great exercise for dogs that love to chase. Lure coursing takes full advantage of a dog’s natural ability to fix its sight on and chase a target. Bring your dog and let the fun begin!

Chasing throughout weekend

Register on-site.

Shelters & Rescues

Looking to add a new member to the family? Whether considering a playful kitten or mature canine, opportunities abound. Local shelters and breed rescue groups can help you find the perfect match.

Visit throughout weekend

Doxie Downs
National Dachshund Races

International Wiener Dog Racing Federation (WDRF) proudly sanctions this race with events for the entire family. Watch, laugh, cheer and support very worthy Dachshund charities.

Races throughout weekend

Let your Dachshund race!
» Register Here

Keeping Pet Owners Healthy

UPMC Health Plan works to keep pet owners healthy! Stop by the bright purple van for free blood pressure screenings, bone density tests, height/weight checks and giveaways.

Screenings throughout weekend

Vaccines &

Fix’N Wag’N offers a low-cost vaccine clinic and free microchipping for dogs and cats! Three-year vaccines can be administered with proof of prior vaccination with an expiration date. A $10 tech fee is charged for each pet receiving a vaccine or microchip (cash or card accepted).

Aisle 200 directly
across from Cat Show
Saturday: Noon - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Great Lakes Region
Cat Show

Sponsored by Dollar Bank

See and touch rare and exotic breeds. Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) offers the world's largest registry of cats. Ask about Companion Cat World membership.

Activities throughout weekend. 

Dare Devil Dogs

The Dare Devil Dogs, a part of the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team, are an amazing troupe of talented dogs who thrill crowds with lightening fast agility, incredible tricks and high flying Frisbee action. These dogs have performed all over the United States at NFL games, military bases, fairs and festivals and national TV shows.


Sponsored by Giant Eagle Pet Pharmacy

Friday: 6:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm,
5:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm

Reptile Zone

Steel City’s Tom Kelly and his expert reptile handlers educate and entertain. Families can experience the excitement of getting up-close and personal with these fascinating animals in a safe and educational way. Guests have the opportunity for hands-on interaction and photos with snakes, tortoises, frogs, lizards and more.

Activities throughout weekend

Weight Pulling

Laurel Highlands Working Dogs hosts this competition sanctioned by the World Wide Weight Pull Organization (W3PO). During a competition similar to the World’s Strongest Man Competition for human power lifters, trained dogs pull a weighted cart in single-eliminations until only the strongest dog remains.Your dog can participate! Complete the form linked below and send in advance of the show.

Pulling starts:
Friday: 5:15 pm
Saturday: 10:15 am
Sunday: 10:15 am

Compete with your dog!
» Weight Pull email
or download » Weight-pull-form