Follow your lead to the Dog Lovers' Arena sponsored by Wilko
We know that dogs have many talents, and here’s the arena that proves it. A packed schedule of demonstrations, competitions and performances. Don't miss The Kennel Club, dog display teams and the heat of 'Scruffts' - cross-breed championship of the year (Saturday and Sunday only). You can enter your dog, too!
THE DOG LOVERS' ARENA
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.
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 classes are as follows:
11.45 – 12.30 – Golden Oldie
13.15 – 14.00 – Good Citizen Class
14.45 – 15.30 – Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog
11.45 – 12.30 – Best Crossbreed Rescue
13.00 – 13.45 – Child’s Best Friend
14.30 – 15.15 – Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch
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.
Do you have any questions about your dog’s nutrition? Visit the Kennel Club stand to talk to nutritionist Victoria Robinson from Purina, who will be on hand during Saturday and Sunday to answer any questions. Purina’s top priority is to create safe, nutritious and balanced food for pets.
We loves dogs, which is why we're conscious about keeping them hydrated and happy throughout their time with us. As the heatwave in the UK looks set to continue, the Kennel Club have put together some top tips on how to keep your dog cool and happy, especially when travelling in a car. Click here to watch their top tips.
Drontol are also providing dog watering points around the site, to help keep those tails wagging.
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.
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