Grand Rapids dog trainer launches West Michigan Dog Pageant

A local dog trainer will host the first dog show in Grand Rapids to celebrate dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Adam “the dog trainer” Bonner, a local dog behaviorist, will host West Michigan’s first dog show at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Richmond Park Pavilion, 963 Richmond St. NW in Grand Rapids.

The event will feature Miss Michigan 2022, Grand Rapids local Paige Rubleski, who will host and take photos with the contestants after the pageant.

The competition will award medals to all participating dogs, in keeping with Bonner’s philosophy that “all dogs are beautiful”. The event is held to show the beauty of all dogs, regardless of breed, size or temperament, and will judge competitors on their friendliness, attitude and behavior. There will also be a friendliness award decided by vote of the other contestants.

Sparta-based Pups Barkery will award one year worth of dog treats to the grand prize winner. The company will also offer a treat to each contestant.

This event is open to sociable, fully vaccinated dogs of all shapes and sizes and will be run in track format, with a red carpet for the dogs to walk through during judging.

Dogs in attendance are welcome to walk the red carpet natural or dressed as they wish and must be accompanied by an owner. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets and may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during the event.

Registration is open here until July 14 and is $25 per dog. This event is free for spectators.

Bonner offers training for dogs of all ages in group and individual lessons. He uses positive reinforcement, classical and operant conditioning techniques to create training programs for dogs with a wide range of behavioral issues, from obedience difficulties to aggression towards people and other dogs.

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