The Dirty Dog Challenge is back!

Woman and dog running

The Dirty Dog Challenge is back – an event where dogs and their owners get to navigate their way through a mud-filled obstacle course in Ngaruawahia.

If your dog loves running, climbing, water or mud – and you don’t mind getting a bit grubby – then come along, says Waikato District Council Animal Control Education and Engagement officer Zoey Jackson.

“We want to give something back to all the good dog owners in our communities,” she said. “This is a chance for you to participate in an event with your dog, where your dog can get some exercise and socialise with other dogs.”

Hamilton City Council’s Animal Education and Control manager Susan Stanford said it’s important to try new things and provide unique experiences for dog owners.

“Last year’s event was very popular… Given the event’s popularity we encourage people to register early so they don’t miss out.”

All profits will go to helping animals in Hamilton and Waikato District’s communities.

Tickets are $40 for one person per dog and are available through the councils’ websites. This event is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes but they must be vaccinated and in good health. They will need to be kept on a lead through the course.


  • WHEN: From 10am, Saturday 15 June 2019
  • WHERE: Christian Youth Camp, 48 Waingaro Rd, Ngaruawahia
  • EVENT DISTANCES: 2.5km or 6km options
  • COST: $40 for one person and one dog. Second runner $15. (Please note you may only have one additional runner and the second runner must be at least 8 years old.)
Running dog
Hot dog! I’m in!


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2 thoughts on “The Dirty Dog Challenge is back!

  • June 8, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I registered awoke ago but have not had an email confirming payment yet. Can you please check and advise

    • June 9, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Hi Colleen – get in touch with the council, they’ll be able to help you with this.


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