Main Stage


Ground Level - Northern Side


10:00am – 4:00pm daily.

The Main Stage presents a wide array of expert speakers delivering the best education for fur-parents to help raise healthy, happy dogs.

Knowledge is power when it comes to fostering a healthy, happy dog and literally thousands of households across Victoria have welcomed a new fur-kid during the pandemic.

So with this in mind we have pulled together some of the nation’s most qualified vets and companion animal experts to help educate and entertain visitors on the Main Stage and to ensure you leave the event with all the information and inspiration you need to give your pooch it’s best life.

Much-loved TV vet Dr Katrina Warren, together with renowned animal trainer Kelly Gill and the amazing Wonderdogs will be returning with an illuminating talk on how to train your dog at home including some of the tricks made famous by the beautiful Wonderdogs.

In their second talk they will provide essential tips for raising a happy Covid puppy as whilst we all know how adorable pups can be and what wonderful (and sometimes challenging!) companions they make, it is important to raise them properly to ensure they are confident, social adult dogs. Dr Katrina & Kelly’s talk will provide you with a range of really important tips to help set your puppy up for life.

Lara Shannon from Channel Ten’s Pooches at Play TV program will also be presenting a couple of highly informative talks on the Main Stage on ‘what you really need to know about adopting a dog’ and ‘brain games to boost your dog’s mental health’.

For the very first time, some of the biggest ‘Fur Stars of Instagram’ will be strutting their stuff on the Main Stage where visitors can meet, cuddle and snap selfies with these high-maintenance hounds – full details on our Insta-Pooch line-up will be posted here very soon and on the dedicated InstaPooch page with the entertaining session MC’d by K9-tragic Brodie Young!

Following is a quick overview of our presenters and the full timetable will be available soon.

About Dr Katrina Warren, Kelly Gill & The Wonderdogs: Popular television vet, Dr Katrina Warren has teamed up with professional trainer, Kelly Gill and the Wonderdogs – a team of impeccably trained chocolate Border Collies and new kid on the block Alex the Papillon!

Meet the MC: Brodie Young is returning to the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show in his new role as MC of the Main Stage. Brodie has developed a reputation as a vibrant, energetic and enthusiastic MC by securing TV hosting and acting roles, spots as an on-ground sports host, television commercials and radio announcements all around Australia. Sadly, he does not barrack for the Bulldogs…