Another year has arrived, and for all of you dog lovers out there, 2014 means two things; firstly, new resolutions not only for you, but also your beloved four legged friend, and secondly more doggy events to attend throughout the year.
So as a fresh year brings with it a full list of events to cram into your busy schedule, we take a look at some of the best ones to attend.
Branded as the world’s biggest celebration of dogs, Crufts will be taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from the 6th – 9th of March.
With the prestigious ‘best in show’ gong up for grabs, a variety of dog groups, including terriers, working dogs, utility, hound, toy, and gundogs will battle it out on the world’s stage. There’s also a range of stalls and a plethora of other shows to enjoy.
The four day event is categorised by the abovementioned group of dogs, so if you like and wish to see a particular breed, make sure you get tickets for the correct day.
As people from all over the UK travel to Birmingham for the event, it’s also a good idea to book accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Find out more about this renowned dog show by visiting www.crufts.org.uk
Paws in the Park
Take part in events and explore what’s on offer in the UK’s largest outdoor show for working, trained and pet dogs. Paws in the Park attracts more than 5,000 dogs and 15,000 visitors every year and even features a doggy talent show.
Key events include terrier racing, canine athletics, and the unique dash and splash – see how far your dog can jump into the pool! There’s even a canine aqua zone which features a whole area dedicated to doggy water sports too.
If you’re looking to go to this year’s Paws in the Park, then you’ve got two chances to catch the show during 2014:
17th – 18th May – The South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex
20th – 21st September – The Kent Showground, Detling, Kent
Find out more about this unique and fun packed event for you and your dog at www.pawsinthepark.net
All About Dogs
From competitions, entertainment and dog games, to pet shows, All About Dogs has the lot.
Taking place over five different locations throughout 2014 the event is organised by dog lovers for dog lovers. It’s the perfect show to familiarise yourself with your ideal breed before you commit to buying, or to simply spend quality time with your favourite animals.
Here’s the full list of locations and dates to jot down in your diary:
Newbury – Sat 12th – Sun 13th April
Suffolk – Fri 18th – Sat 19th April
Newark – Sat 26th – Sun 27th April
Lincoln – Sat 28th – Sun 29th June
Norfolk – Sun 24th – Mon 25th August
If you’re looking to buy a dog in the future then this event really is worth attending. What’s more, you’ll get the chance to talk to other owners about their experiences with specific breeds too.
Find out more about All About Dogs here – www.allaboutdogsshow.co.uk
With over 200 breeds to meet and greet, Discover Dogs allows you to do exactly what it suggests. The hugely popular annual event welcomes around 26,000 visitors a year and 3,000 dogs during the two days in November.
This show is a great opportunity to learn about the different breeds of dog and discover their distinctive personalities, traits, and lifestyle requirements.
Whether you want to see the most popular breeds, the vulnerable native breeds in danger of extinction or everything in between, visit Discover Dogs this November.
Although location and event dates have not yet been announced for 2014, you can stay tuned by visiting www.dicoverdogs.co.uk.
So there you have it, a host of doggy events catering for canine capers; whether it’s fun and games, learning and socialising as well as training too.
Dogs really are amazing animals and pets, so if you share the same love as us, then don’t forget to make an appearance at the abovementioned dog events in 2014.
See you there!
This post was written by GJW Titmuss, a leading online pet supplies, pet food, and pet accessories store.