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'All About Dogs' goes to two days

Last May, a new dog event burst onto the scene with a very comprehensive view into the canine world. The event was called All About Dogs and held at The Brentwood Centre Showground, in Brentwood, Essex, it was masterminded by Roy Dyer, display team director with The Essex Dog Display Team.

Roy, who last year received A Lifetime Achievement Award from Pro-Dogs, said "the show is run to a very high standard and last year it proved to be such a success, I feel this year it should be staged over two days". Last year, on a one-day event over 17,000 members of the public attended this amazing show that was a cornucopia of all things 'doggie'.

The media, which was well represented, included several television crews from as far away as Holland. Well known television personality and Crufts Show presenter, Peter Purves, was the main arena commentator at last year's show. He said "it was a brilliant event, which was designed for enthusiasts, professionals and the public in mind and leaves no doubt of the dog's very important role in society".

The vast sixty acre site, will once again be jammed packed with arena's, which will include demonstrations, displays and competitions from most disciplines of the world of dogs. Have-a-go rings for the public include children's classes, obedience, agility, working trials, searching, scurry course - to name but a few, and a massive exemption show which will include several obedience rings.

A very important section of the show will once again be the breed stands - double the amount will be selected this year, which means over sixty different breeds will be represented. This will no doubt please the public who flocked to meet the breed advisors last year and gained extensive advice about all the breeds on show.

Several breed clubs took the opportunity to demonstrate in the main and side rings the skill in handling a top show dog, many top tops were on show to the public including several champions. The majority has re-booked to attend this year's event. As the show is an outdoor event, covered pens are provided, together with a table and chair for each of the breed advisors.


There will also be a two- day competition for the hugely popular Canine sport of Heelwork to Music/Freestyle, which will give competitors a perfect opportunity to show the skill and dedication needed to compete in this discipline.

All levels will be represented from starters to advanced and including novice, intermediate, junior's, disabled, pairs and innovation. Judges for this section of the show will be Ann Northfield, Andrew Potter, John Sanders, Fred Clapham and Alison Philbrick. Entry forms are available in the near future via a sae to Heelwork to Music Freestyle Association, 146 Millhouse Lane, Sheffield S7 2HE.

The very popular Inter-Counties Police Dog Trial which usually attracts entries from throughout the country, will once again take place in it's own arena. This Police Dog Trial has been staged at the Brentwood Centre Showground for the past fifteen years with some of the countries very best Police dogs competing for the coveted Brentwood Cup.

Search and Rescue, Schutzhund, Security Dogs, Huskies in Harness, Working Sheepdogs and the Military are just a few of the sections which will be carrying out demonstrations in the main ring and in their own arena's.

There will also be Whippet racing. It's amazing how many dog training clubs attend to show the many different ways of training dogs. This is a very popular part of the show that gives an excellent insight into understanding everything from the family pet to top working dogs. This super doggie event on May 11th. & 12th. 2002 is not a money making venture but is staged to promote our four legged friends - hence the admission price of just 1.00, but don't be fooled, the low admission price does not in anyway reflect the quality of the show.

Camping is also available. Trade and exhibition space is available to selected organisations and sponsorship is also available. Ralston Purina has already agreed a sponsorship deal for sections of the show.

All enquiries please call Roy Dyer 01277 226624 (Fax 01277 202375) or e-mail: