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Have a go activities

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Have you always wanted to try something with your dog? Maybe you fancy giving Flyball a go or want to learn how utilising your dogs nose can help them enjoy their walks more. 

With over 10 different have a go activities across the weekend there is something for every-paw. From small dogs to senior dogs, fast dogs to clever dogs. Run by talented and experienced instructors and clubs from across the North East you could end up signing up for something your dog loves. 

Some of our have a go activities may incur a small charge so we recommend bring spare change with you.

Agility

Has your dog got what it takes to negotiate the jumps, weaves and tunnels in our have a go agility rings.

 

Maybe they are the next superstar in the making. 

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Flyball

Returning after their Crufts debut is Eclipse Flyball and their team to introduce dogs to the wonderful world of flyball.

 

Does your dog love a ball and love to run? Then this might be just the sport for them! 

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Gundog Scurries

Nordic Dogs is back and bigger than ever! Every year our Gundog Area gets bigger and this year is no different.

 

Dogs can try their paw at the novice scurry, advanced scurry and even a hunt scurry (complete with fake birds and cover!) 

This year we even have a water obstacle! 

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Introducing

our gundog sponsor

This year we are thrilled to welcome Taylors K9 Hydrotherapy Centre and Pet Supplies as our gundog sponsor for this year's festival. Of course water will play a big part so not only are we looking for the speediest dogs on land but also in the water. 

Fancy getting in some practice? Or does your dog love the water? Find out more about Taylors fantastic facilities and huge pool by hitting the button below. 

Taylors Hydrotherapy Centre & Pet Supplies 

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Scentventure

Bored of the same old dog walks and want to make things more interesting? Scentventure is all about making your walks better: fun, focused, adventurous.

 

It’s about strengthening your connection so they choose YOU over the many distractions out there.

 

Navigate a sniffy obstacle course and learn to use the techniques on your everyday walks for fun, calm and focus. Your dog will try their paw at climbing, balancing, crawling under, going around and over the top! Plus get advice from our expert team of trainers and behaviourists.

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UK Sniffer Dogs

Every dog loves to sniff, its enriching, stimulating, calming and has great behavioural benefits. 

Every dog can do it! 

Visit the UK Sniffer Dogs have a go and learn all about how to get your dog started and why its such a fantastic activity to get involved in.

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Trick Training

New for this year is Rebecca and her team who will be hosting short trick training sessions which are all about teaching your dog some cute and clever tricks and how you can put these tricks together to make a little routine, which you can add to music.

 

Soon you’ll be the next dancing dog due who is ready to compete on Britain’s Got Talent!

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Small Paws

Designed for the smaller breeds at the festival, our small paws area is a mix of games and little agility with size appropriate equipment.

 

Our festival is all about inclusivity and including the smaller legs is important to our team. 

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Ruff Diamond 
Pet Skills

Join Cris from Ruff Diamond Dog Training to discover how rally exercises and tricks can help your dog to walk nicely on the lead, come back when you call them, build focus and engagement and much more. Plus you and your dog will have fun learning them together.

 

With 15 minute small group slots throughout the weekend you can have a go with your dog learning tips to take away and practice at home.

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Lure Racing

How speedy is your hound?

Join the Wallsend and Rising Sun Whippet Racing Club to test your dogs speed against the lure.

You'll also be able to watch them in the main ring with their super speedy display!

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Parkour

Come and be guided by the team at Fellowship Dog Training and The Dog Log and see how you can interact with the natural world around you in a fun and engaging way in the dog parkour playground.  

Instructors will show you how to build confidence and connection whilst having fun. You will learn how to safely use your environment to enrich your walks.

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Canny Canines

If you have a speedy hound then our fastest recall is for you, timed against the clock, only the quickest will get those fabulous rosettes!

 

Think your dog can resist tempation? then add fastest recall with plenty of toys, food, and distractions and you'll get our temptation alley. Speed and focus are a must. 

 

You can also have a go at their agility course. 

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Good Citizen 
and Rally

Join Curlabull Dog Training Have a Go, areas you will be able to put your dog through its paces and be amazed at how quickly they can pick up the tricks needed for Rally.

In our Good Citizen Have a Go, you can try and complete the Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze award and get a Kennel Club Certificate.

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TrailDog CaniSports Area

The ‘TRAILDOG CaniSports Area’ will offer the chance to ‘have a go’ at canicross and our mini-UltiMutt course (our obstacle course in September). Both will be absolutely FREE.  Also featured in this new area will be scooter and bikejor demos, a Non-stop dogwear shop and TRAILDOG merch store. 

We will be supported by our friends and club, Geordie CaniSports, who will be helping to facilitate the sessions, talk kit and fit harnesses. They will also be on hand to talk about the club and the many benefits of joining (they also hold regular free intro sessions locally)! Check out their Facebook page if you can’t wait until the festival.

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Mantrailing

Learn how to harness the power of your dogs nose regardless of age, breed and disability. 

Mantrailing is like a giant game of hide and seek with your dog! Working as a team, using your dogs amazing sense of smell to follow a scent trail and find their trail layer = big party at the end! Mantrailing is an inclusive sport, almost any dog can join in, including dog or people reactive, nervous, no recall? no problem, everything is done on the lead.

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Dog School Newcastle

Join the Dog's Trust Dog School for 10-15 minute taster dog training sessions. Their coach will talk through dog training methods and give advice on certain topics. With fun, reward based training on everything from recall to loose lead walking, jumping up to leave it training.

 

Space will be limited so visit the stand to find out more and get booked in early. 

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