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Dog-friendly events across Yorkshire

The British summer may be drawing to a close and, with it, many of Yorkshire’s most popular dog-friendly events. Fortunately, 2018 still has a lot to offer dog owners across the county.


Few things make dogs and their owners happier than some quality bonding time. According to pet food experts James Wellbeloved, the best way to ensure your dog is happy is with regular play, long walks and even through regular training and commands. It’s true; dogs genuinely enjoy receiving commands from their owners and they will show you how they feel with their body language.

Consequently, one of the best ways to keep your dog happy is with days out to events which encourage these activities. Dog walks are not only the perfect way for you and your dog to stay fit while exploring the beautiful and varied Yorkshire moors, but also encourage your pet to socialise with other dogs. Or why not show off your dog’s beauty, talent and obedience at one of the many fun dog shows across the county?

Here are some of the county’s fun and dog-friendly events that are still to come this year.

The Yorkshire Walking Group
Various locations – various dates
The Yorkshire Walking Group is a club of like-minded hikers who enjoy taking advantage of the counties incredible scenery. They gather regularly and offer newcomers and experienced hikers alike a chance to enjoy everything from an evening stroll to a demanding mountain trek. Better still, many of the walking leaders welcome dogs on the hikes, so these regular walks present the perfect excuse for you and your canine companion to meet other hikers and enjoy a delightful few hours in parts of the county you may be yet to visit together.

Mirfield Show Fun Dog Show
Mirfield, West Yorkshire – Sunday, 19 August 2018
The Mirfield Agricultural Show is one of the family-friendly highlights of the Yorkshire calendar and includes the enjoyable and thrilling Fun Dog Show. Enter your four-legged friend to compete in one of 10 competitive categories, from waggiest tail to golden oldie, for a chance to win a rosette and an opportunity to prove your bond with your pet.

Paws for a Cause – sponsored dog walk
The Knavesmire, York, North Yorkshire – Sunday, 2 September 2018
This mass dog walking event is the perfect way to raise money for St. Leonard’s Hospice while also getting out and about with your dog and meeting other owners and dogs in the process. Set to take place in the beautiful Knavesmire of York, this four-mile walk is the perfect way to bond with your dog on a fine day out. Puppy owners are also welcome, although if you are worried the four-mile hike might be a bit tough on their little legs, you can also opt for a one-mile walk. Sign up here!

Fifth annual Rain Rescue Fun Dog Show and Fayre
Sheffield Manor Lodge, Sheffield, South Yorkshire – Sunday, 9 September 2018
Rain Rescue is one of Sheffield’s most prominent dog rescue centres and this will be the fifth year they have run their fun dog show. Last year, the event attracted more than 1,500 visitors and over 200 dogs took part in the show – and the show is set to be even bigger this year! As well as stalls, food, games and crafts for guests of all ages, the star attraction is the dog show itself. So, for a chance to support this important centre and show off your dog’s best qualities in the process, make sure to visit Sheffield this September.




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