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Circus Chickendog takes on "The Wizard of Oz" in "The Wizard of Dogs."

Circus Chickendog takes on “The Wizard of Oz” in “The Wizard of Dogs.”

The performing pooches holding center ring in Austin’s Circus Chickendog are four rescued Papillions and two breed-indeterminate medium-sized dogs, littermates adopted after they were made homeless during Hurricane Katrina.

Circus Chickendog’s upcoming family-friendly “The Wizard of Dogz,”  a quirky and entertaining take on “The Wizard Oz,” plays the Dougherty Arts Center Aug. 15-23.

We’re giving away five packages of four tickets each to each of the 2 p.m. shows on Aug. 15-16 and Aug. 21-23. To enter, email the correct answer to the following question to giveaways@statesman.com with the subject like “Wizard of Dogz” before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12

What breed of dog Toto was in the original 1939 film version of “The Wizard of Oz?”

Circus Chickendog’s  “The Wizard of Dogz” features a trained scarlet macaw playing the role Dorothy, who with the six dogs, sets out on a journey to search for the Wizard of Dogz who holds the secret to helping the pooches find forever homes.

Dog tricks, bird tricks, puppets, unicycling , clowning, live music and more come together in this adorable show which also just might teach you a few dog training tips.

According-playing juggler/unicyclist Darren Peterson, a veteran of the Royal Lichtenstein Circus is the creator and ringmaster of Circus Chickendog. Peterson trains his animals using positive reinforcement techniques and free-shaping — encouraging a dog’s natural ability and good behaviors. Peterson has taught four dogs to jump rope and two dogs to sneeze on command. Read about his methods in our story about Circus Chickendog’s annual “Muttcracker” holiday show.

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“The Wizard of Dogz”
When
2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15-16 & 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 21-23
Where:
Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road
Tickets:
$12
www.chickendog.net


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