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September 2021 Water Trial

September 10, 2021 @ 7:00 am September 12, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


PNWPWDC Flowing  Lake water trial will be held September 10-12, 2021 at Flowing Lake County Park, Snohomish WA. Judges are Sarah Kahn (Friday) and Lauren McDermott (Saturday/Sunday).

Entries for the trial were huge, with close to 120 entry days for the weekend. We can accommodate about 30 dogs per day. Friday was converted from a set-up/practice day to an additional trial day in order to accommodate as many entries as possible. Teams were assigned by random draw, first to the Saturday/Sunday trials, and then to the Friday overflow day. Even with the extra day we have a significant waitlist of entries.

PWDCA rules prohibit use of one judge for more than two trial days per year, and Sarah Kahn generously agreed to judge the extra Friday trial. Lauren McDermott will judge Saturday and Sunday.

This three-day water trial will be held in accordance with the provisions of the current Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA) water trial manual and updates, copies of which may be downloaded at no charge from the PWDCA website.

The Friday Practice Session has been cancelled and all practice entry fees will be automatically refunded. You do not need to request a refund for your practice entry fee.

Trial entry information

Trial Entry Limits And Friday Trial Day

As expected, huge entries required addition of Friday as a trial day. If you cannot make your Friday trial spot, you may request to withdraw and receive a refund by Aug 21.

Trial Entries By Canadian Teams

As of now, the US border is closed through August 21. This happens to be the trial closing date as well. We expect that there will be an announcement about the ongoing border status well before Aug 21, so we should know about Canadian access by the trial closing date. Any Canadian entries can then be withdrawn by midnight on Aug 21 for a full refund. If the timing of an opening announcement varies, we may modify this cutoff to a later date.

Trial entry dates to remember

  • Lottery Date: Lottery deadline is Saturday July 31, 2021. The lottery date has passed. You may still submit an entry until the closing date, but it is unlikely that there will be space in the trial
  • Closing Date: Trial closing date is Saturday August 21, 2021. All entries received after July 31 up to closing date will be accepted on a first-come basis as space is available.
    Entry fee is $45 per class.

Trial Volunteer and Practice Session

Water Work is labor intensive and we need plenty of volunteers for the trial, including set-up on Thursday afternoon and tear-down on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately we have been forced to cancel the practice session in order to add an extra trial day (you will receive an automatic refund of your practice entry fees.) We still need lots of volunteers to make the trial happen, and will send out a regular volunteer schedule with the run order information after closing.

Water Trophy Sponsorships

Show your support for the PNWPWDC water trial program by sponsoring a trophy for our Flowing Lake Trial. Your name and trophy dedication will appear in the trial catalog. Every donation directly supports PNWPWDC water trials – thank you!

Commemorative 30th Anniversary T-Shirt

Our very first water trial was in 1991, so 2021 is the 30th anniversary of the PNWPWDC water trial program! To mark this momentous year (and our return to the water after a disappointing 2020) we have a commemorative T-shirt available. Many thanks to Lauren McDermott for doing the graphics to make the idea work.

***UPDATE_ T shirt orders are closed. There may be a few available at the trial.

30th T-Shirt


Camping reservations are open at Flowing Lake County Park. Spaces full up fast, so make your reservations soon at https://snoco.usedirect.com/snohomishweb/ 

Hotel Accommodations
If you plan to attend the trial and need hotel accommodations, it is worth making reservations well in advance. We have no formal host hotel, but here are a few options:

Snohomish: (7 miles from site)
Snohomish Inn 323 Second St., Snohomish WA 98290
(360) 568-2208 Various rooms, from $115/night.

Monroe: (6.5 miles from site on Rt.2 2)
Best Western Sky Valley Inn 19233 Highway 2, Monroe WA 98272
(360) 794-3111. from $153 plus tax, $30/pet/night.
Fairgrounds Inn: 18950 Highway 2 Monroe, WA 98272
(near Evergreen State Fairgrounds)
(360) 794-5401. from $89 plus tax. Pet fee $20/night.

Sultan: (16 miles from site on Rt. 2)
Dutch Cup Motel 819 Main St., Sultan WA 98294
(360) 793-2215 from $110 plus tax. Pet fee $20.82/dog/night.
Single or double Queen beds.

Everett: (20 miles from site)
La Quinta Inn Everett 12619 4th Ave. W, Everett WA 98204
425-347-9099. Rates from $84 plus tax, no dog fees.


If you have questions about the September water trials, please contact Val Tangen (chair) or Stevie Viaene (secretary)


September 10, 2021 @ 7:00 am
September 12, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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Flowing Lake Park

17900 48th St SE
Snohomish, WA 98290 United States
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