Top 5 dog events in the UK
Britain is a nation of dog lovers, so it’s no wonder that there are events taking place year-round in celebration of our beloved furry friends.
Whether you’ve recently purchased a pooch or are simply looking for new ways to keep your canine occupied, you’re bound to find the perfect doggy day out.
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Before we take a look at five of the best dog events in the UK, here are some reasons why you should take your pooch on these kinds of trips, as shared by Time for Paws:
- You get to meet fellow owners – it’s a social event for your pooch and you, and you could end up finding a walking buddy! It’s a good chance for your hound to meet dogs of all kinds.
- You’ll get the chance to learn more about doggy behaviour in general.
- Regularly attending events with your woof will help to keep them well socialised. This can be particularly helpful if you have a rescue dog who gets on with other dogs but is a little shy, or if you’re socialising a puppy.
- You can buy specialist products for your dog, with lots of brands in one place.
- Events are a great way to keep in-the-loop about everything happening in the doggy world.
- It’s fun to watch talented dogs in action, with shows involving events like agility, flyball and heelwork.
- Many dog events are partnered with leading charities, so you can feel good knowing that part of your ticket price is going to a great cause.
- You get to travel across the UK and visit lots of new places.
Now you know why you should attend doggy events, here’s a list of five events that should be on your radar:
Crufts is the biggest event in the canine calendar. It welcomes the finest pedigree pooches from across the globe, who strut their stuff in the arena in the hope of gaining top marks from the judges.
As well as watching different dogs battle it out for the prestigious ‘Best in Show’ award, dog-lovers can meet over 200 breeds in the Discover Dogs Area, and browse the 500+ trade stands showcasing new and exciting doggy products (often at exclusive, discounted prices).
This year’s Crufts has been and gone, but the 2020 event takes place from 5th-8th of March at the NEC in Birmingham. Unfortunately, this event is just for owners; no dogs are allowed – apart from assistance dogs and pooches who have been invited by the Kennel Club. You can purchase advance tickets from October from the online ticket office.
All About Dogs calls itself ‘an event organised by dog lovers for dog lovers.’ It takes place in various locations across the country, including Newbury, Newark, Essex, Hylands, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Spread over two days, the dog and family-friendly events are a great chance for you to enter your dog into a show and hopefully pick up a rosette. There are 11 categories to choose from – from Best Rescue to Waggiest Tail – and kids can have a go at the Junior Obedience Class, too!
Aside from the shows, you can meet therapy dogs, pick up training tips in obedience displays, have a splash with K9 aqua sports and so much more. There are a couple of dates still left for 2019 – find out where they are and buy tickets here.
Paws in the Park promises a super fun day out for dogs and their humans, complete with exciting arena shows and entertainment, lots of canine activities to try and plenty of shopping stalls where you can stock up on pooch-related products.
If you want to get involved in the action, this is the perfect event to do just that. You can try out more than ten different activities with your doggy, including flyball, fun agility, mini paws, cani-cross, fastest recall and temptation alley!
The spring event is over, but you can catch the autumn show on the 14th and 15th of September at the Kent Showground. Here’s where you can get tickets.
If you’re a fan of the supervet, aka Noel Fitzpatrick, this is the event for you! Noel will be joined by fellow dog-lover Clare Balding for Dog Fest, which has already taken place in Hertfordshire but will be coming to Cheshire and Bristol in June 2019.
The festival follows a similar format to the other shows, with plenty of have-a-go activities and displays. There’s also a ‘great dog walk’ planned twice each day, with either Noel and Clare leading the pack! Get tickets here.
For an extra ‘pawsome’ day out, why not upgrade your tickets to VIP passes? You’ll get priority parking and fast-track entry, plus complimentary meals and drinks, live music and your own goody bag (filled with treats for you and your pooch).
Get some exercise with your pooch while doing your bit for charity on The Great British Dog Walk, with walks taking place across the country.
The money raised goes towards Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a charity dedicated to helping people with hearing loss ‘leave loneliness behind and reconnect with life.’ On the day, you’ll receive a free dog bandana, get to meet a hearing dog and also enjoy tea and cake. Raise more than £50 and you’ll be sent a special certificate to say thank you. Find out more and search for walks near you here.
Now you’re a bit more aware of up-and-coming doggy events, don’t forget to find out about quality dog insurance from Go Get It. We can search for cover for pooches aged eight weeks and up with different options available, including accident-only, time-limited and lifetime policies. Get a quote today!