You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach it to abandon show business and pursue its talent for organic chemistry. Watch dog dreams come true with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets for general-admission seats at the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows (up to a $20 value). Senior tickets cost $5 at the gate, and children 12 and younger may enter for $1 when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can only be used July 21–24.
The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows' judges grade 14,000 skilled pups on their athletics prowess and canine charm, and this year's event even allows unregistered owners to run their own dogs through an agility or obedience course alongside an experienced trainer on Saturday and Sunday. Man's best friends achieve four-legged feats of strength throughout the dog show's busy schedule, bounding between obstacles, preening in breed-specific beauty contests (conformation events), and trying to howl in harmony with the music of the spheres. Parking at the event costs $10 per entry, with alternate transportation available via the Metro rail.
Houston World Series of Dog Shows
Although the dogs in it never play baseball, the Houston World Series of Dog Shows is aptly named. Rather than a single dog show, it's a cluster of several, spread out over five summer days. The show features Best of Breed, Best of Group, and Best of Show contests. It also entertains with agility competitions, barn hunt trials, creative dog grooming, and canine musical freestyle—in which dogs dance with their costumed owners, rather than just howling into trumpets. During a Meet the Breeds seminar, experts educate the public on the pros, cons, and peculiarities of more than 80 breeds.
1 Reliant Ctr.
Houston, Texas 77054