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Scroll down, below dated events, for walking groups, dog agility and training classes        

22 July 2018

UCP walkies fest 2017

Upton Country Park, Poole, just off A35. BH17 7BJ
photo credit Michael Walllgren

A short walkies just before the Festival starts! Meet at Dorset Dogs gazebo in the Festival Field. All on paths, going through to the latest set of off-lead fields by Poole Harbour as far as the doggy splash zone (shaded stream at the far end of the fields that dogs can go in) and back - so 15-20 minutes each way. Mostly off-lead and dogs can have a good run in the fields and a dip in the stream. On-lead as we go past Upton House to access the fields. This year there's just the one short walk scheduled, earlier than usual, to allow for this summer's hot weather.


Willow Jumping

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

Church Knowle, BH20 5NQ

Margaret Green Animal Rescue 'Church Knowle Family Fun Day & Novelty Dog Show'

Save the Date - 5th August - update to follow soon

Follow the link:

18 August 2018


Durlston Dog Day at Durlston Country Park - including family & dog activities and walkies with Dorset Dogs and local rangers.








19 August 2018

Buckham Fair 2018Now 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

DogstivalPylewell 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:


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

Regular Events
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  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

Every Friday

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"
For more information join us at Small Paws playgroup

Regular Classes

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.

Click here for Dogs Trust home training advice to back up your class work!

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

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
Canine Psychology
Bere Regis or Kingston Maurwood
Dates and location vary so check Ann's website.

Further information:  or call 01305 832569, email


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.
Intermediate class
West Howe, close to Poole & Bournemouth.
Check the website for times and dates.
Hoopers Beginner/Taster
Check the website for times and dates.

One-to-one and workshop sessions
including Puppy workshop - info for new owners &

Canine Body Language &
Canine Enrichment Workshop
- check the website.


Further information:

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, 07392 869380 or online at

FAB Agility

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. 
Fun dog agility classes.  Set in a fully dog proof grass arena.  £5 per dog. 
If interested please call Janet on 07989 581880.
Corfe Mullen Dog Agility website

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.
AID trainer.

PocoDogs Academy

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.
Every Saturday.
  • 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:

Puppy Training (Foundation & socialisation) Sandford Community Hall
Friday evening 6.30p.m. to 7.15p.m.

Obedience Training; Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Scheme
Tuesday & Friday evenings starting at 7.30p.m.
Mastering Recall Workshop:  monthly 1½ hour workshop.
Pre-Agility - Winter months - Sunday 10.30 -11.30a.m.

Agility - Spring & Summer months -  Sunday 10.30am to 1pm at our secure field at Corfe Castle

Heelwork to Music (dog dancing) Sandford Community Hall
Beginners & experienced handlers workshops (see website for class times)

NEW: Canine Hoopers (with Accredited CHUK Instructor) - Wednesday afternoons, Thursday evenings.

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

Stoborough Village Hall near Wareham

6.30pm session - 45 minutes​

7.30pm session - 60 minutes

Session starts at 8.45pm 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.


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