Upcoming Events & Training Classes
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Scroll down, below dated events, for walking groups, dog agility and training classes
15 July 2018
UK's 1st Dog Surfing Championships
No experience needed just a bit of fun. Dogs and owners needed now! All we ask is dogs that are happy in the sea.
Dogs will be on big paddleboards with their owners pushing them into waves.
Message for information and sign up to enter.
10:00 - 16:00 Avon Heath Country Park - Wild Sunday
Avon Heath Country Park, Boundary Lane BH24 2SF
Come for a fun-packed day at our new location to celebrate local crafts and all things wild!
Wildlife stands, Local crafts and produce for sale (painted art, jewellery, fudge, honey, wood tools and plants), Workshops and Demonstrations (metal work, sheep shearing, lace making, pottery, painting, woodcarving and turning, making spears and archery), Fun train, Face painting, Inflatables, Horse whispering, 'Make & Take' crafts, Animals, Photography and Refreshments.
Tickets: £10 Family (advance only) / £3 Early bird / £4 On the day. Bookings for events on the day. Some charges for activities but mostly free. Free Parking.
22 July 2018
Upton Country Park, BH17 7BJ.
Photo: @Wimborne Photography
Dorset Dogs Festival 2018: A wonderful celebration of dogs, countryside and wild creatures at a fantastic dog-friendly venue!
Have-a-go-agility & more activities for dogs, fun dog show, doggy displays, 40 + fascinating stalls, scrumptious refreshments, children’s activities, guided walkies, huge marquee and tree-lined venue for shade or shelter and so much more!
Generous sponsors IMAC Fire & Security, Pal4Paws and Natterjacks mean admission to the Festival is once again free this year (although venue parking charges apply, max. £4 per day)
Follow the link for Festival details including the programme! Note guided walkies is immediately before the Festival stalls open.
5 August 2018
Margaret Green Animal Rescue Family Fun Day & Novelty Dog Show
18 August 2018
Durlston Dog Day
SAVE THE DATE!
Durlston Dog Day at Durlston Country Park - including family & dog activities and walkies with Dorset Dogs and local rangers.
19 August 2018
Now in its 10th year - a brilliant annual fair with a fairground, many stalls and a Pony and Dog Show.
This year in aid of The DCH Cancer Appeal .
Follow the link to the flyer or check out the website:
23 September 2018
Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Church Knowle, BH20 5NQ
Save the Date - 23rd September - update to follow soon
18 May 2019 - 19 May 2019
Pylewell Park Estate, New Forest
The launch of an exciting new event hosted by Chris Packham next year called Dogstival - a 2 day family friendly day out for you and your dog.
The event takes place at Pylewell Park Estate in the heart of the New Forest, set within over 100 acres and direct access to the beach.
Event content includes dog arena, activities, displays, grooming, talks including Chris Packham, walks around the Estate, K9 aqua pool, working dogs, charities, over 300 retail stands, food and drink, live music and much more.
Updates to follow soon on website: www.dogstival.co.uk
Do you live in south-east Dorset? Do you know about 'The Great Heath' events?
These may not all be suitable to take your dog along to, so do check first, from walks and talks to volunteer work parties there's lots to enjoy - check for details at the Great Heath website
Walkies listed first, scroll down for training classes
Sturminster Newton Dog Walks
A group for anyone interested in sharing dog walks in and around the Sturminster Newton area. To join in visit our Facebook page Sturminster Newton Dog Walks
Pound Puppy Auction
Check out Pound Puppy's Facebook Auction page at https://www.facebook.com/PoundPuppyAuction?hc_location=ufi where you can bid on various items (not just dog related) with all proceeds going to Pound Puppy Animal Rescue. 'Like' the page to be updated when new items are added. Pound Puppy are now fund raising on eBay, you can follow them at: Pound Puppy on Ebay
Weekly on a weekday & first Sunday of the month
East Dorset & New Forest walkies
Walkies group around Verwood and surrounding areas.
Details on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/verwoodandsurroundsdogwalking
09:00 - 10:00 DWAG weekly litter pick at Hamworthy Park
Meet at the western entrance to Hamworthy Park, parking your car in Brownsea Avenue. Litter picking takes place from 09.00 am to 10.00 am, normally followed by a visit to the café for a coffee and chat until 11.00 am. Everyone welcome!
First Sunday of Every Month
Greyhounds & Lurchers monthly charity walk
Walk for greyhounds & sighthounds, meet at Upton House 11am walk until about midday. "We are all owners of rescued greyhounds and Sighthounds (Saluki's & lurchers). We meet and donate £2 per person for Greyhounds in Need Charity. We only allow sighthounds due to the nature of the dogs. All dogs are kept on leads". Email
Third Saturday of Every Month
Black Bear Walking Group
Meet at The Black Bear, High Street, Wool.
Meet at the pub from 9 for 9.15 departure. The Black Bear has limited parking but roadside parking is available nearby. We walk out from the pub or drive a short way to the walk starting point returning midday-ish for refreshment and a chat in the pub.
Dogs welcome on the walk and in the bar. K9 regulars Rosie, Buddy, Pippin, Rupert and Elsa look forward to you joining us.
Black Bear Tel: 01929 405541
Small Paws Play Group
A Dorset-based group
" We love little dogs and get together monthly to go on a big old walk and play"
Trainer qualification links - check them out! - just follow the links below (we're not endorsing particular trainers or qualifications, this is a list for you):
AID - Association of Into Dogs
APDT - Association of Pet Dog Trainers
BIPDT - British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers
IMDT - Institute of Modern Dog Training
More on listed on the Animal Behaviour & Training Council website
Does your trainer use positive methods? Most trainers believe that methods that focus on training through punishment may create serious problems in the future in exchange for short-term obedience.
Ann Bond Dog Training & Behaviour
Good Start Puppy & Junior classes
Rolling 5 week courses, 1 hour sessions
Kind, fair, effective (and fun) socialising and training for pups aged from 10 - 20 weeks, with qualified APDT trainer and Behaviourist.
Follow on Junior courses for 20 weeks plus available
Mondays: St Osmonds School, Dorchester - 17:15 & 18:30
Thursdays: Mission Hall, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth - 17:00 & 18:15, Juniors 7:30
NOVICE DOG TRAINING - FUN & FOCUS
Rolling 5 week courses - 1 hour session
Broadway Memorial Hall, Weymouth
Thursdays - 11:00
Sociable good manners and fun training in small groups.
For dogs aged over 26 weeks, with little training, or rescued/re homed dogs
Bere Regis or Kingston Maurwood
Dates and location vary so check Ann's website.
Modern and up-to-date using science-based positive reinforcement training!
Safety when outside, a good recall, impulse control, and most importantly building a great relationship and value in YOU.
IMDT qualified trainer.
Puppy & Beginner classes
Wareham or West Howe, close to Poole & Bournemouth.
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Check the website for times and dates.
West Howe, close to Poole & Bournemouth.
One-to-one and workshop sessions
including Puppy workshop - info for new owners &
Canine Body Language &
Canine Enrichment Workshop
- check the website.
Phone: 0737 886 3238
Dogs Trust Dog School Dorset
Puppy, Adolescent, Adult and Rescue dog classes
We offer friendly six week courses aimed at teaching your dog skills that are useful in everyday life. Our classes never have more than six dogs and have at least two trainers to make sure that we can devote time to each individual and help you to progress.
We use science-led, reward-based training to make sure that we get the best results and have lots of fun whilst doing so.
Tuesdays: Parkstone Baptist Church, Poole – 17:00, 18:00, 19:15 and 20:30
Thursdays: Willowbed Hall, Weymouth - 18:00, 19:15 and 20:30
Saturdays: Kingston Maurward College – 09:00, 10:15, 11:30 and 13:15
For further information contact us at Dorsetdogschool@dogstrust.org.uk, 07392 869380 or online at http://www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk/dog-school/dorset/
Train with FAB for the ultimate FAB-ulous time with your furry friend!
From complete beginners to the most experienced partnerships. Whether you want to try agility for the first time or take your current skills to the next level, there's something for everyone! Email or call 07715669474 for more information and to check availability in our classes.
Wednesday evening between 6:30pm - 8:30pm just outside Weymouth at Whitcombe Racing Stables, W Down Rd, Whitcombe, Dorchester DT2 8NY. Experienced and inexperienced groups available.
During Spring/Summer we also train in North Dorset at Eastbury Park, Tarrant Gunville, Nr Blandford Forum, DT11 8JQ. Experienced and inexperienced groups available.
Ball crazy dog? Dog with too much energy?
Flyball provides an entertaining and active way to interact with your dog and other dog enthusiasts in an environment that is fun while allowing the dogs exercise and enjoyment.
Watercombe House, Nr Owemoigne DT2 8HJ. Every Tuesday at 18:15.
New course starts on 26 June.
For more information or to book a space call Sarah Goddard on 07771 561157
Fun Dog Agility
Corfe Mullen, nr St Huberts Church. Every Sunday (Apr-Oct) 11:00 - 12:30.
Life Skills Dog Training
Bradpole Village Hall, West Dorset. Fridays
Fridays for 7 weeks - Puppies
Friday for 7 weeks - All ages, rolling programme
Fun, positive, science-based, force-free.
St Clements Church Hall, 55 Kinson Ave, Poole, BH15 3PH
Puppy & Intermediate classes - play together, train together.
Class limited to 6 dogs - £60 for 6 lessons.
Classes start every 6 weeks.
IMDT qualified trainer.
Call Debby on 776 911 4506 or
Practice Makes Pawfect
St John's Church Hall, Macaulay Road, Broadstone.
- Puppy class - 9.30am
- Novice/Improvers Class - 10.30am
- Advanced Class - 11.30am
Student member of APDT
Further information: phone 07947 515 511 or
Purbeck Agility - Agility, Obedience, Hoopers & Heelwork to Music Training
APDT qualified trainer see this link for other qualifications
One-to-one Training: Obedience, Agility, Canine Hoopers & HTM. Contact for details: www.purbeckagility.org.uk/contact-us/
Scentwork 4 Fun
Woodland Village Hall, BH22 8LJ
Fornightly classes starting 17 June 2018- 11:30am - 12:30am. 5 sessions per course of 1 hour duration. Courses throughout the year.
No previous training required! Suitable for any age, breed or mixed breed dogs. Also blind dogs, deaf dogs have joined our classes. We specialise in Scentwork classes for pet dog owners.
For further information email:
Wessex Dog Training Club
APDT qualified trainer see this link for other qualifications
SESSIONS EVERY WEDNESDAY & EVERY FRIDAY £5 PER SESSION, PAY AS YOU GO. FIRST SESSION FREE
Stoborough Village Hall near Wareham
6.30pm session - 45 minutes
7.30pm session - 60 minutes
Please check Wessex Dog Training Club website for what you need to bring and further information. WDTC provides KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme training with puppy foundation, bronze, silver & gold awards.
Session starts at 8.45pm session - 60 minutes
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