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Newbury – 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. Find out this year’s class timetables here.

Scruffts: In search of crossbreeds with that extra something special, Scruffts is open to crossbreed dogs over the age of six months, with Scruffts rosettes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class.

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.

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.

Mini-Agility: Designed with smaller dogs in mind, mini-agility gives dogs and their owners the chance to have a go at an adapted agility obstacle course suitable for small breeds. Activity is run by Pug Life Rescue.

NEW BarnHunt: A fun and exciting new sport that taps into your dog’s natural instinct to sniff and search. The game is set in an arena filled with straw. Climbing over bales and crawling through tunnels, the aim is for your dog to use their nose to find the prize without getting distracted by the decoys. Barn Hunt is suitable for absolutely all types of dog. No matter what their breed, age or physical fitness, any dog can take part in the fun and games! Activity is run by Dorset Barn Hunt.

NEW Canicross: Canicross is simply a version of trail running, but with your dog attached to you with a running belt and a bungee line connecting to the dog’s running harness. The dog should run out in front of you creating a pulling effect. It’s an amazing way for you and your dog to run together, get fit and build a strong bond. Don’t worry, no experience needed, just you and your dog should be healthy and able to run a few metres together! You’ll be in good hands with coach Sarah Gillam, the current 3 x British canicross champion and Vice-World Champion. Activity is run by Train and Smile Coaching.

Flyball: Flyball is a fun, fast sport for you and your dog (any breed, any size), as long as dogs are over 12 months old they can play flyball. If your dog loves a tennis ball and being active or if you’re looking for an activity you and your dog can do together, have a go at this increasingly popular dog sport. Activity is run by The Bucaneers.

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.

Scurries: This fun have-a-go activity is based on your dog’s ability to retrieve. This year’s event will include a ‘Bales Up n Over’ and a ‘2 Dummy Pick Up’ challenge. There will also be a Fastest Winner competition. All runs will be timed and the top four times of the day will get prizes and rosettes. Activity is run by the Jixenwell GunDogs.

Hurdles: Let your dog have a go at Hurdles – a great activity for dogs to use their coordination and speed as they jump their way through the line of hurdles. Will they get the quickest time? Activity is run by ACES.

NEW Sniffari: This is essentially an obstacle course for pooches noses! Will your dog manage to sniff their way through the obstacle course? Activity is run by Dogs Trust.

NEW Wheel of Pawtune: Spin the wheel and if you land on one of the three dog breeds, you win a prize ! Activity is run by Dogs Trust.

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.

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