The search is on to find the UK's most dog friendly places, as
the Kennel Club launches its Open for Dog Awards 2013.
The competition, now in its seventh year, aims to find the
businesses, towns and public places across Britain that open their
doors to dogs, with a special prize-giving to be held at the
prestigious Discover Dogs event at Earls Court in London on 9th and
With over 8 million dogs in the UK, and around one in four
households owning a dog, the Kennel Club's Open for Dogs campaign,
in association with Dog Friendly, aims to break down barriers for
man's best friend by encouraging more businesses and public spaces
to welcome dogs through their doors. The Open for Dogs
website lists over 28,000 dog friendly days out, businesses and
places to stay across the UK and Europe, allowing dog owners to
spend more time with their four-legged friends.
The Open for Dogs Awards comprise seven nomination categories -
Somewhere to Stay, Somewhere to Eat, Somewhere to Drink, Somewhere
on the High Street (including shops, banks, travel agents etc),
Somewhere to Visit, Somewhere to Camp, and a category for the Most
Dog Friendly Town. The Kennel Club will also be selecting a
Special Recognition award winner, for a business or place that
offers dog friendly services in a fun and unique way.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The Open for Dogs
Awards is the perfect opportunity for dog owners, and indeed non
dog owners, to put forward their favourite local dog-friendly
"Research has found that having dogs around can lower stress
levels and boost the supposed happy hormone, serotonin, so it is no
wonder that people enjoy the company of man's best friend even when
it's not their dog.
"The Kennel Club campaigns for the rights of dog owners to go out
and about with their dogs up and down the country, and as a part of
this actively encourages businesses across the UK to open their
doors to dogs and experience the many benefits that this will
bring, which includes tapping into the large dog-owning market for
the so-called 'hound pound'."
The competition runs until 4th October, and winners are determined
by a public vote. Vote for your favourite dog friendly places
by filling out the short nomination form at www.openfordogs.org.uk.
Ten lucky people who make a nomination will win tickets to Crufts
and Discover Dogs, both organised by the Kennel Club.