This popular area is a chance to teach your dogs new tricks or discover your dogs superpower! There’s no need to pre-book, just sniff out the activities as you make your way around the show. Some activities may incur a small cost on the day.
Catch The Flag
New for 2023, Catch the flag is a sport where dogs chase a lure (a flag or toy) which is quickly pulled by a machine through the grass to replicate a small animal running, stimulating your dog’s natural prey instinct. It’s great for dogs that loves to chase or just have a ton of energy and great for practising your dog’s recall as it’s in a safe-controlled environment.
Hay Bale Racing
In partnership with Book Your Pet
Discover how fast your dog is against another or why not see if you can beat your own time as you take on a series of Hay Bale jumps. This is a great mental exercise for your dog and there’s no better way to build their confidence than to work together with you to make it across the finish line.
In partnership with K9 Aqua Sports
A great activity for the water-loving canine! See if your dog can make the biggest distance whilst being encouraged by the cheers of the crowd. The K9 Aqua Sports team will be on hand to help and it’s a great way to strengthen the bond with your dog through play. This activity is very popular, so make sure you book your place early in the day to avoid disappointment.
Many Pets Play Zone & Giant Ball Pit
In partnership with ManyPets pet insurance
The ManyPets Play Zone is one of the most popular areas of the show. With a doggie desk chair for photo ops, swingball and giant ball pit, it's a great chance to unwind, bond with your dog and meet new furry friends.
Dancing feet..and paws at the ready! DogFest is proud to host the ultimate dog dance party. Don't miss 2023 Crufts winner Nicci Hindson and dog Elsa as they give you an intro to starting a career in dog dancing in the Have-A-Go Ring.
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Experts in activities such as hoopers, scentwork, gun dog training and wag and tone will be on hand to teach you the basics of each discipline so you and your dog can carry on having fun at home and learn to master new skills.
Take on our agility course, a chance to strengthen your unique bond with your dog as it involves you negotiating different obstacles through a set course. Our friendly team will be on hand to help novices learn how to approach each obstacle correctly and safely.
In partnership with Purina® PRO PLAN®
Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from the start to the finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring-loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball. It’s a great form of exercise for your dog, both physically and mentally. They also learn extreme focus.
Hoopers is a fun dog sport that’s ideal for dogs and owners of all ages and fitness levels. Dogs navigate a course of hoops, barrels and tunnels with the same pace and excitement as agility. But the courses are flowing and don’t involve tight turns – making it accessible for everyone! Hoopers is focused on the ability of dog and owner to work together as a smooth-flowing team so it’s a great bonding activity too.
Northumberland Sea Rescue Demo
On the lake at 11 and 2pm.
After the demo, join the free rides and jump in the boat. Let the Newfoundland Sea Rescue hounds rescue you!