CFL LOVES DOGS
Big, small, working, highly-trained, rescued, relaxed, or just very cute… dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome to Countryfile Live and there’s lots for them to lap up at this year’s show.
IN HOT WEATHER
If your dog looks like they’re struggling in the heat, head to the nearest shaded area (this includes our marquee) and alert a member of the show organisers. Owners should be aware of the signs of heat stress. Some dogs are more prone than others (e.g. those with short flat faces, overweight, old, young and dogs with thick coats).
Be aware of the signs of overheating in dogs, which include panting, disorientation, excessive thirst, dark gums, vomiting, diarrhoea and losing consciousness.
If you think your dog will not cope with the heat, please leave them at home.
In the event that the events team and the trainers feel the conditions are not conducive to dogs welfare we reserve the right to cancel the event at short notice.
DOGS AT BBC COUNTRYFILE LIVE
Today is looking like a hot day so please consider whether your dog should come with you to Countryfile Live today. If you do bring them along
we're encouraging dog owners to follow Kennel Club advice to keep your pets cool in this weather. Here's some tips and necessities for your day;
Dogs can’t cool down as easily as we can. They mainly use panting to keep cool, and can’t sweat through all of their skin, only their paw pads. Coupled with their fur which is like wearing an insulated coat, this can make them prone to overheating.
Common signs include:
wobbling and having trouble standing up
bright red gums.
Older and young dogs and dogs with thick coats especially may struggle more than others on hot days. These dogs might need a bit of extra TLC in the summer months and extra care to stay hydrated.
There are lots of fun things you can do to help your dog cool down on hot summer days.
- Keep hydrated. It’s important that you dog drinks enough in hot weather so they don’t get dehydrated. There are water points throughout the site
- Stick to the shade. There are shady spots all over the site but the woodland is a particularly good area for dogs today.
- A paddling pool for paws. You will spot shallow paddling pools all over the site - a great place to cool your dog's paws
- Never leave your dog alone in the car. Temperatures can rise quickly and dogs die in hot cars.
- Carry plenty of water and a bowl Your dog will need a drink on the go.
If you are bringing your dog to BBC Countryfile Live, remember to offer plenty of water and wet their coat to cool them down. Blue Cross also have a cooling stations and a vet on hand who can offer first aid. BBC Countryfile Live has trained vets onsite to assist you should you become concerned with your dogs health.
Extra advice can be found here.
THE DOG LOVERS' ARENA SPONSORED BY WILKO
The arena will be hosted by Peter Purves, Blue Peter presenter. The daily Dog Lovers’ Arena timetable will include remarkable displays of tricks, agility and skill. Working gun dogs and sheep dogs as well as some more flamboyant performers will join the line up. Please see below for more information.
THE KENNEL CLUB
The Kennel Club team will be on hand to offer any advice on buying and training a puppy, with information guides on anything from the different breeds, managing a dog’s weight to common canine poisons and more. You can also find out what the Kennel Club is doing for dog health and what upcoming dog events you can attend such as Discover Dogs and Crufts.
SCRUFFTS AT BBC COUNTRYFILE LIVE
Scruffts have chosen BBC Countryfile Live as one of the heats for their Scruffts Crossbreed competition. The best part? Visitors can enter their dogs to take part! The heats will be split across two days, Saturday and Sunday, and has 6 classes.
Register your dog via the Scruffts stand. Finalists will appear at Crufts in 2019. Registering your dog costs £2 and £1 of that goes to charity. Visitors who enter receive a goody bag and dog food vouchers..
Scruffts heats are as follows:
Saturday: 11.45 – 12.30 – Golden Oldie; 13.15 – 14.00 – Good Citizen Class; 14.45 – 15.30 – Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog
Sunday: 11.45 – 12.30 – Best Crossbreed Rescue; 13.00 – 13.45 – Child’s Best Friend; 14.30 – 15.15 – Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch
MYSTIC MUTT COMPETITION WITH BLACKS
Following on from the success of last year’s Camp Ruff, Blacks will once again be partnering with Ruffwear to offer visitors the chance to win some ‘paw’some prizes. This time they’ll be putting your pooch’s fabled “sixth sense” to the test in their Mystic Mutt competition.
Think your dog can tell the future? Enter them to predict the answer to life’s big questions! Participants will vote with their taste buds, choosing between two bowls of food. Head down to their stand in the Explore Britain Area to take part.
In this warm weather, we want to make sure you and your dog stay hydrated. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Drontol, who will be providing dog specific watering points all around the site for all of our canine visitors to enjoy.
For all our Countryfile Live visitors (human ones!), our official tap water provider, Thames Water, will be providing water free-of-charge around the event. You can top-up your bottle with world-class tap water for free from their Taptastic Not Plastic bar, which is located on the Village Green, or five of their bottle fountains dotted around the site. Look for the symbol on the map!
PICK 'N' MIX WITH WILKO
Wilko have been helping families look after their pets for decades and are really excited to be sponsoring our Dog Lovers’ Arena this year.
Join them at BBC Countryfile Live where they’ll be offering a special kind of pick ‘n’ mix experience.. just for your canine friends! We’re a little jealous.
Over 10,000 dogs came to last year’s show – why not bring yours along in 2018? The more, the merrier!
AND LOTS, LOTS MORE!