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Dorset Dogs Festival 2016

Upton Country Park, just off the A35 near Poole, BH17 7BJ.

Dorset Dogs' fantastic annual celebration of dogs, green spaces and the countryside took place at Upton Country Park on Saturday 30 July!

Festival Field 2016     
Festival Field 2016 c. Wimborne Photography

Wimborne Photography took lots of stupendous photos like these - see Festival 2015 here and Festival 2016 here

It was a fun-filled day for dogs and their folks, with a fun dog show, children's activities, doggie obedience and dancing displays and lots of stalls - and of course lots of dogs having a go at agility or the fun rally course.  About a hundred joined the 'Noon Walk' around the park and the new off-lead fields, whilst over the course of the day about 2000 people enjoyed the Festival!

Thanks have to go to all the volunteers and partners who came along to steward/compere/judge/display as well as everyone who came along to enjoy the day and make it such an enjoyable Festival for people and dogs too.

Wimborne Photography took fantastic photos once again as official Festival Photographer 2016 and also offered a top prize of a photo session and framed photographic portrait for Dorset Dog of the Year 2016! 
Further Best Rescue/Dog of the Year prizes from Dorset Dog Delights & Websters Empawrium & Pawtisserie -  plus stallholders  contributed great raffle prizes

Bournemouth Echo's report is here

Fun Dog Show

Dog of the Year class 2016  











Gorgeous dogs & humans who all took part in the 'Dog of The Year 2016' class at the end of the busy day
c. Wimborne Photography

Florence with rosettesFlorence won 'Dorset Dog of the Year 2016' - read more about her here

in the Best Rescue class the top four, winning qualifying places for Buckham Fair, were:

Best Rescue: 1st Molly (Shitzu), 2nd: Poppy (Lurcher), 3rd: Kanella (Mixed Breed) and 4th: Badger (Corgi x Jack Russell).

First prize winners in other classes were:

Waggiest Tail: Lexi

Best Veteran: Paddy

Dog who looks most like owner: Marty

You just gotta love me: Florence

Junior Handler: Willow

    Best pup: Penny

Did you take part in the Guided Walkies?  Noon walk photos here


Dorset Dogs Festival 2016 Programme

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11.30 - 1.00
Have-a-go Agility with Tricks4Treats

2.00 - 3.30   Have-a-go Agility with Tricks4Treats
all come and have a go - it's just for fun! - charitable donations


2.00 - 2.45 ­­­Meet by the Dorset Dogs gazebo.
Enjoy finding a special list of intriguing objects around the park, against the clock! - 45 minutes to hunt then prizes given out at 3pm.
with Jamie from Christchurch & East Dorset Council's countryside service


Fun Dog Show & Display Timetable
Rosettes & trophy sponsored by Natterjacks Vets.

Judging by Purbeck Agility, Wessex Dog Training and

Andy and Dan from Natterjacks judging Best Rescue/Rehomed and Dog of the Year.

Compere & Facilitator Paul from Urban Heaths Partnership, ably assisted by Amy who will also be on hand to assist the judges in the ring.

Simply register as you enter £1 per class (towards Festival First Aid, Marquee & other costs)


11.00  Opening Demonstration - Wessex Dog Training

in the fun dog show ring

11.30  Waggiest tail judge Ann from Wessex Dog Training

12 noon 'Noon Walk!' - Guided Walkies
with Upton Country Park ranger and Dorset Dogs volunteers

free, starting point Festival Field,  Dorset Dogs gazebo
About 1 hour (or you may choose to return early for veteran class)


12.40 Best Veteran (7 years & over)  judge Ann from Wessex Dog Training

1.00 Wonderful tricks!  - Jodie, Bramble & Hazel

1.30 Best Rescue/Rehomed. Also offers 4 qualifying places for *Buckham Fair Best Rescue/re-homed championship class. Judge Natterjacks vet Andy/Dan with Ann from Wessex Dog Training.
A special prize is being offered for the winner of this class by 'Websters Empawrium', in memory of very much loved dog Webster, who finished his battle with cancer on 28th June.

1.50 Dog who looks most like owner judge Terry from Purbeck Agility

2.10 You Just Gotta Love Me! ­ open class for all judge Terry from Purbeck Agility

2.30 Purbeck Dog Dancing ­ superb display

3.00 Junior Handler judge Terry from Purbeck Agility


3.20 Best Pup (over 6 months) judge Terry from Purbeck Agility


3.40 Dorset Dog of the Year 2016 Judge Natterjacks vet Andy/Dan with Terry from Purbeck Agility
(Dogs of the Month plus class winners & specially invited)


Not one but TWO delightful prize dog treats hampers this year - one from Dorset Dog Delights and one from Webster's Pawtisserie!

Festival Raffle - The Raffle helps us to keep the Festival going as a free festival, supporting first aid, marquee and other costs so we can continue to put on this Free Festival!

Many thanks to for cheerfully supplying fire safety equipment for the Festival free of charge yet again!