ANIMAL WELFARE GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS TO THE SHOW
We are all naturally invested in achieving the highest welfare and care for all of the dogs attending the event.
• Please consider the temperament of your dog before you decide to attend. The show is very busy with thousands of other dogs and people, and knowing your dog, you should consider if this is an environment which they will enjoy.
• Please do not attend if your dog has a history of serious aggression towards other dogs or people.
• The welfare of your dog is your responsibility throughout the duration of the show and must not be left unattended at any time.
• When travelling, we would ask you to follow the advice of all the major charities and government, and ensure that your dog is properly secured in the vehicle with a suitable harness, or in a suitable carrier.
• Always travel with portable water and a container for your dog. Always assume the weather will be hot and sunny. There will be dog watering points throughout the venue to drink, and splash pools for dogs to use to cool off, if required.
• As always, never leave your dog alone in a car. If poor weather turns into direct sun, it can take only a few minutes for a vehicle to reach temperatures that are a threat to their welfare and even their life.
• If the weather is wet and cold, it is your responsibility to keep them warm and dry.
• Please keep all dogs on leads at the event at ALL times.
• It is your responsibility to pick up your dog’s waste and put it in the bins provided.
• Please ensure that you follow the standard Veterinary advice that your dog is correctly vaccinated to prevent disease.
• When you enter your dog into one of the “have-a- go” events, you must do so based on your knowledge of your dog, it’s fitness and veterinary history. Please follow any instructions you are given closely.
• If your dog has a problem at the event, please contact the organisers for veterinary assistance. The telephone number to call and the location of the organisers office onsite will be provided on the website one week prior to the show and will be featured in the show guide which can be picked up free of charge at the entrance to the show.
• If whilst at the event you see, or become concerned for a dog’s welfare, please contact the organisers who will pass your concern onto our events Animal Welfare Officer. As above, the details for the organisers will be found in the show guide and will be featured on the DogFest website one week prior to the show taking place.
Most importantly, enjoy your day out with your dog!