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Hot owners and cool dogs!
Dogs have their day at Company of Animals’ Dog Train & Behave Finale

Well over a thousand dog enthusiasts and hundreds of dogs descended upon the Company of Animals’ Ruxbury Farm HQ in Surrey, to enjoy a fun-packed day at the Dog Train & Behave Week finale where Dr Roger Mugford continued his quest to find Britain’s best behaved dog.

The ultimate aim of this first week-long initiative was to promote responsible and informed dog ownership at all levels, nationwide. It emphasised that training is the best weapon to counter anti-dog legislation because a trained dog is both happier and more manageable.

Celebrity vet Marc Abrahams commentated through the day and introduced a host of main ring displays including Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Dogs for the Disabled, Paws ‘n Music, Tellington Touch and Nina Bondarenko.

Enjoying the hottest day of the year, hundreds of dogs took part in one of the event’s feature attractions "Jetty Dogs". Offering a cool dip for canines as their owners sweltered in soaring temperatures, they enviously watched their dogs take the plunge in a long-jump, chasing a Wubba Kong toy over the swimming pool.

Vet and behaviourist Kendal Shepherd launched her new workshop – Kendal’s Klassroom. Designed to teach children how to live safely in the home with their family pet dogs, it is based on her latest book ‘The Canine Commandments’.

Dogs and their owners put their training skills to the test in numerous competitions, showed off in a host of novelty classes and were challenged in Battersea Dogs’ Home’s ‘Temptation Alley’. Beginners to agility were offered free training whilst Pauline Scholey from Cobham Dog Training Club promoted the Kennel Club’s GCDS scheme with Bronze level testing.

Commercial stand holders including Trovercoats, Organipets, Brint and Badger, Fish4Dogs and the Company of Animals gave to good causes, with all profits going to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Battersea Dogs’ & Cats’ Home and Dogs for the Disabled and a new venture, Cancer Dogs UK headed by Claire Guest.

Dr Roger Mugford commented: ‘This was a week in which British trainers and behaviourists made themselves available at no cost to a clientele who would not normally ask for advice about their dog’s behaviour. Consequently, hundreds of dogs will be enrolled into classes or one- to- one therapy that might otherwise be potentially dangerous or an annoyance to others. The focus now must be to maintain the momentum and for everyone in the dog world to become more involved in education with trainers, behaviourists and vets all pulling together. And, just as important, to fight the many injustices that occur when the law is misdirected against innocent dogs’.