Do you have dog clubs where you live? They don’t have to be kennel club-sanctioned. They could be any kind of group that gets together to do things with their dogs, whether it’s practicing obedience or agility, taking walks in the park together, doing a little field work or tracking. You name it, there’s probably a club that enjoys doing it.
Some of my friends are getting together in a couple of weeks to have a Fun Day with our dogs. There will be an agility/obedience seminar, a grooming demo, FOOD, and other things to do with our dogs. We’re meeting at someone’s house who has some land so the dogs will be able to run off-leash. It should be a fun day for everyone.
Whether you have crossbred dogs or pedigree dogs, it really doesn’t matter. If you have some friends with dogs then getting together to share your interests and letting your dogs mingle a bit can be a great way to spend a day. Of course, the Kennel Club does offer plenty of activities that you can do if you are interested in competing with your dog. There are lots of team sports as well as individual activities.
If you haven’t gotten involved in an activity before, you might consider doing so. Dog people are usually very friendly to newcomers, especially if you introduce yourself and tell them that you’d like to get involved, or you’d like to find out more.
If you don’t know about dog clubs in your area, ask around at your vet’s office or when you see people walking their dogs. If you visit a dog show, talk to people there to find out what other kinds of activities they’re involved in with their dogs. Chances are that they do other things besides show their dogs. Ask people who rescue dogs if they are involved in any fun activities with their dogs.
Lots of people think that dog activities are only for pedigree dogs, or that the only events that go on are conformation dog shows. Not at all! There are dog events for everyone. Britain is full of dog lovers of all kinds, and there are plenty of fun activities for everyone. I love pedigree dogs but I love other dogs, too. I think there’s plenty of room for everyone to have the kind of dog that suits them. They’re all dogs when you really get down to it. Live and let live, I say. And do things with your dog that make you both happy.