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All about dogs
– Britain’s largest outdoor canine event


If you are looking for a comprehensive view of the canine scene, ‘All About Dogs’ is the place to be on May 11th and 12th.

Last May, this new dog event burst onto the scene and took the dog world by storm, mainly because of the vast variation of activities that dog owners, ‘doggie people’ and the public, could become involved with, whether your dog is the perfect pedigree, a scruffy mutt, a show champion, a top working dog or the family pet. The event is held at The Brentwood Centre Showground, in Brentwood, Essex, and the sixty acre site is a cornucopia of all ‘things doggie’.

If your question is ‘what sort of dog should I get’ or ‘what do Police dogs do’, ‘how do I train my dog to do agility’, ‘what type of dog is that’, or ‘how can I get my dog to work to music with me’ - All About Dogs has the answer to these and numerous other questions and queries.

Last year, on a one-day event, over 17,000 members of the public attended, which is why this year the event is being held over two days. Well known television personality and Cruft’s Dog Show commentator, Peter Purves, will be the main arena commentator. Peter said last year’s show 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 show will once again be jammed packed with arenas and will include demonstrations, displays and competitions from most disciplines of the world of dogs. If you like fast and furious action, flyball, huskies in harness and whippet racing will be for you. Have-a-go rings for the public include obedience, agility, show, hide and seek, searching, and a scurry course - to name but a few, and a massive exemption show on both days with Saturday including several obedience rings.

A question often asked is ‘who is better at training dogs, ‘men or women?’ The question may be answered at All About Dogs. A competition has been devised entitled Battle of the Sexes. Five men will compete against five women in the following disciplines; Working Trials, Obedience, Agility, Heelwork to Music and Show. This will be a tough competition with the ladies fielding an extremely experienced team. The winners will receive a cheque for £250 for the charity of their choice along with a silver challenge cup.

A very important section of the show will once again be the breed stands where members of the public can talk to the experts about their specific breed and gain extensive advice about the breeds on show. If you have an interest in the very popular Golden Retriever or the Old English Sheepdog or the very rare Russian Black Terrier, experts will be on hand to advise you. Many different breeds will be exhibited and come with their own expert. Several breed clubs will be demonstrating in the main and side rings, and showing the skill in handling a top show dog, or giving advice on how to start in the dog world of show dogs.

Exercises

The World’s largest Dog Training Class, will take place in the main arena on Sunday 12th May. Several hundred dogs with their handlers will be put through their paces in carrying out five basic exercises, finishing off with a five minute sponsored Down-stay in aid of Pro-Dogs. Last year over 400 dogs took part in the Down-a-thon and helped to raise several thousand pounds for Pro-Dogs. If you would like to take part give the show organisers a call.

A competition will be held over the two days for the hugely popular canine sport of Heelwork to Music/Freestyle, which will give up to 100 competitors each day 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, juniors, disabled, pairs and innovation.

The very popular Inter-Counties Police Dog Trial, which attracts entries from throughout the country, will once again take place in its own arena with some of the country’s very best Police dogs competing for the coveted Brentwood Cup.

You are welcome to meet both the dogs and handlers and learn more about the role of the Working Police Dog.

The main ring hosts many demonstrations and displays from Search and Rescue, Schutzhund training, Working Sheepdogs, Display Teams, Agility Demonstrations together with Obedience, Breed and Heelwork to Music.

Children are very welcome to this event because they are the future dog owners and the more information they can receive early, the fewer problems they are likely to have with their dogs later in life. The public are welcome to bring along their own dog. If you feel you would like to take part in any aspect of the show or further details please call.
All enquiries please call Roy Dyer 01277 226624 (Fax 01277 202375) or E. Mail: info@brentwoodevents. co.uk