Spreading the word dog wise
A great deal has been written, a lot of words have been spoken, and a lot of questions have been asked, concerning dog promotion and responsible dog ownership. Yet there seems to be no easy answer as to how we can get the message across to the family pet dog owners throughout the British Isles and how we can introduce new people to the world of dog sports.
We do of course have events such as Crufts and Discover Dogs, which are staged by The Kennel Club. Both excellent events which usually attracts enthusiasts, professionals and people who are registered with The Kennel Club, say in the region of about 200,000. There are also a vast amount of dog shows held each week throughout the country, but again, usually attract enthusiasts or professionals.
So how do we get the message across to the other millions of dog owners in Britain, who are not affiliated to The Kennel Club or a canine society or training club?
You could of course stage an event such as the hugely popular All About Dogs, held in May at Brentwood in Essex, which not only attracted the enthusiasts and professionals of the world of dogs but also encouraged and succeeded in attracting, thousands of dog owners and would-be dog owners to look, learn and take part.
One way that has proved to be very successful over the past 25 years, is the Canine Road-show, put on by The Essex Dog Display Team and Training Centre.
It is an extremely effective method of taking the dog to the people, rather than hope the public will come to the various types of dog events that take place each week.
There are very few people throughout Europe who would not have heard of or seen The Essex Dog Display Team in action. This very professional display, staged by volunteers, has travelled hundreds of thousands of miles, and performed in front of millions of people. They have appeared in over one hundred television programmes that have been seen worldwide.
Yet, to their great credit they have never become elitist. They have always maintained, that the canine world can be accessible to all.
Dyer, Chief Instructor with The Essex Dog Display Team and
Training Centre has a very clear view of how he would like
to see more people involved in promoting dogs. In the winter
months, after a very busy summer season with the display team,
Roy and his team visit Scouts, Girl Guides, Schools and Townswomen's
Guilds, in fact anywhere where the Road-show can put across
the message. At their own expense they hire village halls
and take along a team of people who can talk and demonstrate
about obedience, agility, pet training, breed and behaviour.
The roadshow also takes along various selections of dog equipment,
to show what is good or bad and would include muzzles, collars
and leads. They also use village greens, town centres, in
fact anywhere where they can meet the public and put the message
across. This is all done on a voluntary basis.
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