Join us for a fun-filled summer event that celebrates the extra special bond we have with our four-legged friends. Bring the kids! Bring your dog! It’s FREE for all the family to enjoy.
DOGS FOR GOOD ‘FUN DAY’
Saturday 17 June 2017
Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG, (find us)
11am – 3pm
Every year we bring our staff, volunteers, and supporters together to celebrate everything we’ve achieved as a small but pioneering charity.
What started off as a fun way to get everyone together, including puppies and dogs in training, working dogs with their owners, and retired dogs, has become something more — much more.
Last year, for the first time, Dogs for Good extended the Fun Day invitation to the general public and the feedback we got was phenomenal. So, this year, we’re doing it all again.
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What’s in store
Events take place across two arenas, one indoors and one outdoors. Here’s what to expect…
Dip in and out
If your child loves dogs, they’ll love the Dogs for Good Fun Day this summer. Little ones are free to explore a designated children’s area with crafts and fun activities to keep them amused and delighted throughout the day. Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy the activities for free, although there is a collection bucket for voluntary donations.
Time: All day
One of the most popular events at the Dogs for Good Fun Day – every year – is our Sportzone. We bring disability sports like boccia (think bowls) and wheelchair basketball to the show for everyone to try, disability or no disability. There’s ample space for kids to play all day if they want to and our instructors love to share the joys of their sport with grown-ups too. Come along and chat with them, watch the fun or join in. Who’s up for an adrenaline rush?
Time: All day
It goes without saying that we love dogs, but our compassion extends to others creatures too. That’s why Fir Tree Falconry will have a selection of feathered friends for you to meet www.firtreefalconry.co.uk. Get close to a Hawk Owl, Kestrel, Harris Hawk, and an Indian Eagle Owl — if you’re brave enough! In return for a voluntary donation, these magnificent birds are tame enough to be stroked and even sit still for a selfie.
Time: All day
Scheduled dog displays
FUN DOG SHOW
Every dog’s a winner in our eyes, but we like to have a little fun with our four-legged friends at the annual Dogs for Good event. This year, there are six categories in our Fun Dog Show. Awards take place throughout the day between 11am and 3pm, starting with the Cutest Puppy, then Best Veteran, Prettiest Bitch, Most Handsome Dog, Waggiest Tail, and last but not least, Best Rehomed Dog. See a member of staff on the day to register your dog for the appropriate class and find out what time the judging takes place. Best of luck!
Time: 11am until 3pm
DOGS FOR GOOD DEMONSTRATION
No Dogs for Good Fun Day is complete without our very own demonstration team. Watch our team of specialised dog trainers direct our dogs to pick things up, push buttons, pull open doors, and even help them get in or out of bed. The display lasts for half an hour and takes place in the indoor arena at 11.30am and again at 2.30pm. Don’t miss it!
Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm
DOGS FOR GOOD PARADE
We celebrate the amazing bond between dogs and people at our Fun Day this year with an all-new Dogs for Good parade. Join us at the side of the ring of the inside arena at 12.15pm to see all of the different kinds of dogs we work with. This is truly the time to celebrate everything our incredible dogs do for us and we can’t wait to show them off!
POLICE DOG DEMONSTRATION
We’re excited to welcome back the West Midlands Police Dog Team — they know how to wow a crowd! Watch their trained dogs restrain a fictitious attacker and hunt for evidence of a crime. Their demonstration is in the outside arena at 1pm and lasts for half an hour. Here’s a reminder of last year’s display: You can’t out-run these guys… 🐶 .
Learn about something
GROOMING & HANDLING
If your child wants to work with dogs when they’re older, bring them along to meet the Young Kennel Club (YKC) area. Visit the YKC team in the outside arena in the morning and watch their Crufts qualifier, and in the afternoon for ‘have a go’ grooming.
Time: 11am until 3pm
Dogs for Good trains dogs to help people with disabilities, autism, dementia, and special educational needs, but how does this happen? Come to our annual Fun Day on 17 June 2017 to hear about our pioneering new services in these areas. We deliver two short talks in the indoor arena at 12pm and again at 2pm to talk about the wonders of Animal Assisted Intervention. Throughout the day, you’ll meet our dogs and the people they help, plus puppies in training.
Time: 12pm & 2pm
DOG AGILITY & FLYBALL
Bring your dog along to see how you fare at the dog agility course and flyball (team relay) activities. Make your way to the ‘have-a-go’ courses in the outside arena between 11am-12.30pm (until 1pm for agility), and again between 2-3pm to try something new. It isn’t Crufts and there are no judges, this is purely for fun!
Time: 11am & 2pm
DOG GAMES & NEW TRICKS
Our Fun Day is for all the family, including your pet dog. Bring your four-legged companion along (providing they’re well-behaved) for a day of fun and games. You’ll have the opportunity to work with our dog trainers to teach your dog a new trick or two on the day and learn some new games. Join us in the indoor arena between 11.30am-2.30pm.
Time: 12pm & 1.30pm
DOG TRAINING SCHEME
Find out if your dog can win a bronze, silver, or gold award for obedience. If you’d like to have a go on the day, let us know when you arrive and we’ll give you a time slot for your dog to complete a test. These are carried out in a non-competitive environment and awards come from the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme. For more information about the available awards, look at the Downloads section to the right of this page on their website: Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme.
Time: 11am until 2.30pm
The Fun Day is FREE to attend, but we suggest a £3 donation for parking your car and encourage you to give a voluntary donation for the activities you take part in.
Please do not leave your dog unattended in the car. If you don’t want to bring your dog inside the event, please leave your dog at home.
Delicious food, hot and cold drinks, plus snacks are available on-site.
If you need any help with arrangements or would like to ask a question, email [email protected] or call 01295 252600.
If you need assistance on the day, please approach any member of Dogs for Good staff who will be more than happy to help you.
How your donations are used
Dogs for Good brings trained dogs and people together to help them overcome specific challenges and enrich and improve the lives of both.