If a dog could have the best day of its life, what would it do? The answer is a day out at Dogstival!
Dogstival is set to be a brilliant and deserved celebration for furry friends, after seemingly endless months of eat, dog walk, sleep, repeat. Think Glastonbury but with the bark-factor.
The fun-filled weekend will take place Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June in the gorgeous surroundings of Burley Park in the New Forest.
Our furry companions can enjoy so many things this summer including Barkour – a big adventure playground to put dogs and owners through their paces, activities including canicross (cross country running with dogs), flyball, agility and fun scent demo challenges, as well as the giant K9 dog diving pool.
Looking for more doggy sports to work out those little paws? You’ll also find a flyball tournament with leading teams from across the south taking part, as well as fun quizzes and an old-fashioned sports day where owners can compete with their dogs to win prizes. When you’re done working out the paws, get your dog’s brain cogs in motion with some doggy IQ tests.
Want to learn about how to keep your furry friend in tip-top health? Or wondering why your dog steals your slippers, has phobias, or other anxieties and behaviours? This Morning’s Vet Dr Scott Miller will lead the pack on the Dog House Stage with plenty of talks and demonstrations. He’ll be joined by special guests from the world of canine healthcare, nutrition and behaviour. There will also be pop-up vet and physio drop-in centres should you fancy a quick check-up.
Wondering why your dog steals your slippers, has phobias, or other anxieties and behaviours? You’ll be able to pick up all the answers at the Dog House Behaviour Stage, with insight and tips from dog training and behaviourist Natalie Light.
If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find a live canine cooking stage, masterclass displays and demonstrations from experts including Hampshire Fire & Rescue ‘Arson Task Force’ Dog Team for crowd entertainment.
That’s not forgetting all the fun for general amusement, shopping and keeping tummies happy. We’re talking live music, more than 140 independent stalls and locally sourced food and drink, catering for all tastes or dietary requirements. As ever, Dogstival will be packed with epic photo props and opportunities, to capture the day on to camera and share via social, so guests are encouraged to come groomed/dressed to impress!
Paying forward the fun, a visit to Dogstival will support a range of charities including The Dogs Trust, Service Dogs UK, Pets As Therapy and Support Dogs For Epilepsy & Autism, with £5 entry to the Fun Dog Show and any donations via Dogstival’s free show programme, split equally between the causes.
Dogstival’s organisers will monitor government guidelines and work closely with the local authorities to ensure an event that is safe and compliant. Burley Park offers acres of space to allow easy social distancing and extra hygiene measures such as multiple hand sanitiser stations throughout and on-site cleaning teams will be in place throughout the event.
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For more information and tickets, visit Dogstival.co.uk