Dogstival promises a fantastic day out for dogs and dog lovers!
Whether you have two legs or four, the New Forest's 'Dog Festival' includes something for everyone
This weekend, Dogstival will be taking place in the grounds of the fabulous Pylewell Park near Lymington (home of the Curious Arts Festival for the past five years) and it promises a fabulous day (or weekend) out for dogs and dog lovers. And of course you don't need to be a dog owner to come along - nor do you need to bring your pooch, although there'll be plenty to woof about if you do!
From lap dogs to working dogs, Dogstival is an inclusive event that celebrates dogs of all shapes, breeds and sizes. Two and four-legged guests will be able to enjoy a truly exciting day out - with dazzling displays, shows, a bespoke dog-behavioural stage, flyball and agility have-a-go activities, K9 Diving Pool, vintage fun-fair, artisan food, expert talks, kids interactive zones and even its own beach. Dogstival also aims to help everyone learn a little more about all the enjoyment and challenges caring for a dog brings.
Amazing displays in the Dogstival Main Arena
The Dogstival main arena, hosted by Mark Collins from Wave 105 Radio, will see an action packed programme of exciting demonstrations and displays designed to showcase the astonishing talents of our canine friends, from traditional working dogs, to therapy and assistance dogs, and dogs who just know how to get a laugh from the crowd!
The line up includes the fabulous Aces High Flyball demonstration, winners of the Crufts Flyball 2019 (apparently even faster than my Lab - hopefully he won't join them in the arena when he sees the ball!) and the Rockwood Display Team who will take us through every aspect of dog training.
There will be demonstrations from specific breeds, including the Southern Leonberger Display Team (gentle giants of the canine world and their amazing carting skills) and the beautiful Newfoundland Display Team, who perform impressive exercises off the lead.
The interactive Paws4Thought Dog Display Team are going to be putting on a show to remember, curated by ex-police dog handler Stuart Brace, whilst the Little Nippers Lurcher and Terrier show includes lurchers and terriers doing what comes naturally to them: racing at full speed around the arena.
Understand more in the Dogstival Lounge
The Dogstival ‘Lounge’ will host a range of brilliantly insightful and thought provoking guest speakers across the weekend, with the aim of helping everyone learn and understand a bit more about the canine world and environment around us.
Hosted by BBC Radio's Anna Webb, who co-presents the only radio show dedicated to dogs in Europe, BBC Radio London's 'The Barking Hour', the Dogstival Lounge includes insightful talks, including understanding more about responsible dog ownership in the New Forest. We all care about our pets, but knowing more about how our dogs should behave around wild animals or watching out for bird nesting seasons will give us the knowledge to become better owners.
Also taking the stage will be amazing charities, local organisations and experts in all things dog related to tell you about their work and answer any questions you have, including Hampshire Hounds Dog Rescue, Canine Partners Assistance Dogs and Waggy Tails Dog Rescue.
Plus learn about Dog First Aid with Dr Scott Miller 'Vet on the Hill', thoughts on what to do when your dog starts to slow down and 'You are what you eat' - about dog nutrition.
For once you can be in the Dog House!
Meanwhile the Dog House Behaviour Stage will bring to life training issues, highlighting different life stages of dogs and common problems that may occur during these life stages. Common breed-specific behavioural issues will be discussed and how to prevent and tackle these in everyday life.
Ruby and Betsy will be showcasing Disc dog, a dog sport where throwers compete in events such as distance catching and choreographed freestyle catching. Not only is it great fun to watch but the sport celebrates the bond between handler and dog, by allowing them to work together.
Meet Colin and Molly The Pet Detectives. Following high-ranking careers with the Royal Navy and Surrey Police, Colin Butcher established The UK Pet Detectives in 2005. It has since become the market leader in the investigation of crimes against animals, and each year recovers hundreds of lost and stolen pets. An expert in the field of pet detection, Colin’s vast experience as a crime investigator has given him an unrivalled insight into the behaviour of missing dogs and cats.
Dogstival very much looks forward to welcoming everyone to what will be a fantastic weekend for dogs and dog lovers in one of the UK’s most dog-friendly areas.