Hurry on DOWN to Whampoa Garden to catch a glimpse of the Wow Wow Dog Circus from Japan. Today and tomorrow are the last days to see these dogs perform. There will be three performances each day (at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm) during which 10 dogs will do various tricks including rope-skipping, rolling a barrel and walking the wire. There will also be a flying trapeze and a mathematics class. Established in 1955 in Shizuoka, the circus is owned by the Uchida family. It is the biggest dog circus in the world with 100 dogs and 12 experienced trainers. The circus achieved a Guinness world record in 2002 when 10 dogs completed 24 jump-rope skips and then broke their own record last October with 53 skips. The 10 performing dogs visiting Hong Kong this week include five Guinness record holders - poodle Minami who can walk on two feet, Shiba Inu Meg who does stake crossing, papillon Margarine and poodle Mint who do rope-skipping and another Shiba Inu Aya who does roller walk. Accompanying them to Hong Kong are trainers Hiroaki and Shiho Uchida, members of the circus's founding family. 'The training is actually playing with the dogs. We love dogs and we enjoy playing with them,' said 28-year-old Hiroaki, who is also the circus's director. 'Different dogs have different characters and personalities. We have to get to know them well and find a suitable skill for each of them to practise on. Each dog in our circus has a job, be it performing on stage or playing with the audience. 'A dog's patience only lasts about 30 minutes. Therefore they can only train for 20 minutes a day and the rest is play time.' According to Hiroaki, one third of the dogs in the circus were abandoned dogs - including Meg, who was found in a box on the street. 'We believe all dogs can perform after training. We give them love and affection and slowly build up trust,' he said. 'We don't do cruel training. All our trainers are patient and really love dogs. We also need to treat the dogs equally otherwise they get jealous and upset.' The shows today and tomorrow will be held in Shung King Street of the Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa in Hunghom. Admission is free. Call 2128 7347 for enquiries.