Spring is just around the corner and we’ve already started to add events to our Spring/Summer calendar. If you’re anything like us, you’ll love a good day out for all the family, including your canine family members. There are a whole array of dog friendly events going on throughout the year - some festivals, some activity based, some exhibitions. Here we take a look at some of the outdoorsy, activity based events in particular; events perfect for fitness and outdoor loving dogs.
So if your dog loves a physical challenge, best put one of these in the diary. And don’t worry, not all of these are for the fittest dogs and people, there are some more relaxed dog walking events too!
The Great British Dog Walk - Various Places around the UK throughout the Year
An event for all the family, The Great British Dog Walk is the perfect way to get out and about in a picturesque part of the country whilst raising money for charity. There will be a dog walk to suit everyone with walks planned throughout the year, some with dog agility courses, shows and games. Head to the Great British Dog Walk website to find your nearest walk and sign up.
Wag-a-Tail Trail - 5th April, Sheffield
This is an organised guided walk around a beautiful wooded part of Yorkshire. You will be guided by Eastern Moors and Longshaw rangers around some hidden gem locations. Every dog that takes part will get their very own goody bag to take home! Go to the Eventbrite website here for more information and to book tickets.
Muddy Dog Challenge - Various dates and Locations
If you and your dog like a physical challenge, then why not try the Muddy Dog Challenge?! You can choose either a 2.5km or 5km obstacle run and you can choose to run either with or without your dog. It’s for a great charity too; you’ll be raising money for Battersea who provide care for thousands of dogs and cats every year. You can find out more information and book your place here at the Muddy Dog website.
Muddy Dog Trek - Various Dates and Locations
Another Battersea event, the trek involves a 10km or 20km walk through the South Downs or Cotswolds. The Muddy Dog Trek is for those who like an extra long walk in the rambling British countryside. It won’t be suitable for all dogs, but is the perfect event for those who like an adventure. You’ll get a t-shirt and bandana for your efforts as well as a glass of bubbles and medal and rosette at the finish line. Take a look at the Battersea website here for more information and to book your place.
Maverick Dog Friendly Races - Various Dates and Locations
Maverick run a number of different challenge style events including one especially for dogs. This is perfect for those who love to get active in the great outdoors. There are a number of dog friendly races taking place around the country on various dates, so check out the website here to find out more information.
So which might you decide to take part in? Don’t forget, like humans, dog’s will need to work their stamina up to the more intensive challenges. Steadily increase the length of your walks on a regular basis and you’ll be ready for that 10km in no time! If you’re not sure whether a certain event is right for you and your dog, you could always have a little chat with your vet to get their advice.