Events and activities

There are a wide range of competitive dog activities on offer, which are great opportunities to meet fellow dog lovers, celebrate your dog's skills and enjoy lots of fun with your dog.

Events

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We organise two big annual dog events which are attended by thousands of people – Crufts in March and Discover Dogs in October. In addition, we have a variety of events on offer for dogs and their owners.

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Agility

Dog agility measures the handler's ability to direct their dog over a course with various obstacles. Find out about agility training clubs, classes and competitions.

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Bloodhound working trials

In these exciting working trials, Bloodhounds use their natural ability to follow a human scent trail over a 'line' up to 3 miles long.

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Canicross

Taking part in canicross involves you and your dog connected by a harness, working as a team to complete a cross-country run, with your dog taking the lead to the finish line.

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Dog showing

The most popular form of canine competition in this country is the dog show - the contest for purebred dogs registered with The Kennel Club, such as those seen at Crufts.

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Field trials and working gundogs

Field trials resemble a day's shooting in the field and were developed to test the working ability of gundogs in competitive conditions.

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Heelwork to music

Heelwork to music (HTM) is a relatively recent competitive activity in which participants devise routines of up to four minutes, set to music, and perform the routines with their dog.

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Obedience

As the name suggests, the world of obedience is all about well-behaved, superbly trained dogs having their abilities tested in a variety of ways.

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Rally

Rally involves you and your dog working as a team to navigate a competitive obedience course with various exercises to perform.

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Working trials

Working trials are a physically demanding, competitive activity based on the civilian equivalent of police dog work.

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Useful resources

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Find a Judge

Find an approved judge in the relevant discipline and location.

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Find a Club

Search for dog clubs in your area offering training, advice or activities.

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Find a Show

Explore our database of shows and trials licensed by The Kennel Club.

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