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Paws at the Palace – Have a Go Activities

Bring your dog and have fun together at this year’s have-a-go-activities*! It’s a great chance to bond with your dog and learn something new – or if you’ve tried the activities before, you can build on your skills together. If you enjoy yourselves, make sure you speak to the team running the activity as they may run a club that you can join too! 

This year’s activities include:

Fun Dog Shows: Does your dog have the waggiest tail or are they the most handsome hound? Take part in our Fun Dog Shows for the chance to win rosettes and compete in our Best in Show! All Fun Dog Shows are run by dog rescues and charities. Click here for a full list of this year’s Fun Dog Show classes at our Hylands Park show.

Dock Diving: Come along and let your dog have a go and get super wet in this increasingly popular sport. Remember to bring your camera as you are sure to get some good shots of dogs flying through the air! Activity is run by K9 Aqua.

Trick Training: Have you ever wanted to teach your dog a new trick? Or have you wanted to master a dog trick yourself? Come and have a go at trick training at the show. All dogs are welcome to take part. Activity is run by the Pink Welly Training Team.

Lure Racing: This activity is great fun to watch! See your dog chase the lure – can they get the fastest time of the day? Activity is run by ACES.

Agility: A fun and energetic dog sport where the handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off lead with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Activity is run by Colin’s Agility Club.

Scurries: Take part in fun dog scurries, which will be against the clock with prizes to be won! The scurries include a scramble, a long retrieve and an obstacle retrieve. The fastest three dogs get great prizes and special prizes for juniors too. Activity is run by Felleywood Flyers.

Scentwork: Scentwork for pet dogs has come from detection style nosework as practised by Customs and Excise, explosives detection and search and rescue. Come along and have a go, and maybe try our fun “Escape Room” where your dog will sniff out the clues you need. This activity is run by Karen Kendall at RBC Petcare and her colleague Susan Benson, both qualified Trainers and Judges with Scentwork UK.

Temptation Alley: Can your dog make it to the end of our brand new Temptation Alley? Call your dog and see if they can come back to you without being tempted by any of the treats, toys and food in Temptation Alley. There’s two courses to choose from – if you feel confident after the beginners fun course, why not try the timed advanced course where rosettes will be awarded for first to third place. Activity is run by Malamute Matters.

Diggers Delight: You’ve heard of a lucky dip – well this is a lucky ‘dig’!  Can your dog find the treat bag hidden in the digging pit? Activity is run by Dogs for Autism.

Fastest Recall: This is a test of speed! It’s a high energy canine sport which requires your dog to chase a toy…. then come back on recall. Will your dog be the quickest of the day? All proceeds of the Recall go to the German Shepherd Rescue Elite.

Tombola Dash: The fastest times within each hour will win a prize. Fastest dog of the day wins a rosette. Activity is run by the Notts & Yorkshire Boxer Rescue.

Egg & Spoon Race: Do you have steady hands? Could you keep a rubber egg on a spoon with your dog at your side? It’s the ultimate test of teamwork, obedience and balance as you and your dog make your way down the track in this timed fun race. There’s also fun for kids too with ‘Pin the Tail on the Malamute’. Activities run by Malamute Matters.

Mini Agility: Designed specifically for smaller breeds in mind, have a go at the fun ‘Mini Agility’ course. Activity is run by Muffin Pug Rescue.


*activities subject to change and small additional charges may apply.