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.
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Events

We organise two big annual dog events which are attended by thousands – Crufts in March and Discover Dogs in November. Explore the events on offer for dogs and their owners.

Events
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Agility

Agility is open to all types and sizes of dog. It is a fun, exciting activity for dogs and owners to take part in. It involves your dog’s negotiating different obstacles through a set course.

Agility
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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.

Bloodhound working trials
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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.

Dog showing
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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.

Field trials & gundogs
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Heelwork to music

Heelwork to music is where competitors choreograph routines with their own choice of music of up to four minutes and perform these with their dog.

Heelwork to music
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Obedience

Competitive obedience is all about the training you and your dog have achieved, from puppy training classes to competitions.

Obedience
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Rally

Rally welcomes all types and sizes of dog and is about teamwork. You and your dog will navigate a course of different exercises together.

Rally
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Working trials

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

Working trials

Useful resources

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Find a Judge

Find an approved judge in the relevant discipline and location.

Find a judge
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Find a Club

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

Find a club
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Find a Show

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

Find a show