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The search is on for the 2024 Dog of the Year to find the dog best representing the essence of the Australian dog - love, courage, inspiration, assistance and friendship.

Because our dogs make such an incredible impact in our lives, Puppy Tales is leading the search for the 2024 Australian Dog of the Year.

“The Puppy Tales’ Australian Dog of the Year aims to celebrate the faithful canine companions who bring us through the ups and downs of life and  continue to contribute to society in many ways,” Kerry Martin, award-winning pet photographer, author and founder of Puppy Tales, a website aimed at helping pet owners make the most of life with their fur family, said.

These awards are inspired by the many amazing dogs Kerry has photographed and met throughout her years of Australian-wide travels. 

“Our pets are as wonderfully diverse as our nation and have also made an incredible impact in the lives of people, the environment or other animals,” she said. 

“We want to recognise pooches from across Australia for services they provide in communities, to humans and their unyielding devotion in the face of sadness, tough times and the occasional vacuum cleaner!” 

In its fourth year, 2024 Australian Dog of the Year winners, nominees and voters will receive prizes worth more than $10,000. 

“The Australian Dog of the Year Award pays it forward with a generous donation from Puppy Tales to the winner’s preferred charity and recognises the work they do for communities across the country, particularly in these challenging times,” Kerry said.

Photo: Puppy Tales Photography

Here are the prizes:


• $1000 Donation to Charity / NFP of their Choice 

• Photography Session & 'The Bailey' Collection from Puppy Tales (minimum value $4000) • Personalised trophy of the winning dog (value $300) 

• $250 Pet Circle Gift Card 

People's Choice 

• $250 Donation to Charity / NFP of their Choice 

• Photography Session and Large Canvas from Puppy Tales (Value $1250)

• $100 Pet Circle Gift Card 

Nominee Prize Draw (x10) 

• $450 Puppy Tales Photography Gift Card 

Voters in the People's Choice Prize Draw (x10) 

• $450 Puppy Tales Photography Gift Card 

Which dogs can be nominated? 

Some of the kinds of dogs that are encouraged to enter are (but not limited to): 

● Guide dogs or hearing dogs 

● Therapy dogs visiting ill people in hospitals  

● Dogs who have helped someone with disabilities or health challenges

● Dogs in reading programs or assistance at schools 

● Dogs involved in wildlife detection or protection 

● Dogs who have located, rescued or saved people, or other pets 

● Police and combat dogs, 

● Other working dogs 

● Dogs that are blood donors 

Or A best friend who has gotten you through a tough time! 

“All the amazing dogs who've been a support, best friend or true companion are encouraged to enter!” Kerry said.

“Not all have an incredible, special talent, but there’s no doubt they have all changed the lives of their humans.”

three dogs with australian flag
Photo: Puppy Tales Photography

If your dog represents the true spirit of Australia by being courageous, loving or in any way amazing, nominate them now for a chance to be recognised for the awesome doggo they are and win fabulous prizes to spoil them silly! 

Nominations close at 8pm on Sunday, 14 January 2024 and finalists will be announced on Tuesday, January 16 2024 

Voting for the People’s Choice of the finalists will start on January 16th and will close at 12pm on Thursday, January 25 2024. 

Winners will be announced on Australia Day on Puppy Tales’ Facebook page



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