Have-A-Go Activities

If you want to put an enormous smile on your face, head to the have-a-go activities at DogFest Hertfordshire*! It’s great fun watching your dog learn something new and most dogs love the challenge too. Taking part in a sport keeps your dog in tip-top shape, so once your pup has had a go, speak with the experts to see what you can get up to at home.

Hay Bale Racing, sponsored by

Dogs are timed as they jump over a series of hay bales, cheered on by you as they race to the finish line. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest times of the day, plus some extra treats for the funniest runs too!

NEW: Dogstacle Course, sponsored by

Dogs that love a challenge and those with plenty of energy to burn will love the Dogstacle Course. Instruct your dog to soar over hay bale hurdles, dive under scramble nets, zigzag around poles and dart through tunnels, or join in to show your dog how it’s done! New to DogFest Hertfordshire this year, this challenge will reward the fastest dogs to complete the course. 

Suitable for all dogs.

NEW: Hide and Seek

Dogs can sniff out treats from almost anywhere… but does your dog have what it takes to sniff out and find you? In the ultimate game of hide and seek, it’s up to you to choose your best hiding place from a series of pop-up tents located in the arena, and up to your pup to find you as they race against the clock! Located in Obedience Ring.

Dog Diving

A great game for dogs that love jumping into water, dog diving is one of the most popular activities at the show. It’s hilarious watching the daring dogs splash into the pool, encouraged by the cheers of the audience. Places are first-come, first-served so be quick!**

Obedience Challenge

It’s time to find out if your dog has what it takes after all the time you have spent teaching the basic commands! Dogs will be timed going round a course as they sit, stand, lie down, high five/paw, stay and come! There will be prizes for the fastest round and the most obedient dogs!

NEW: Ultimate Frisbee

After watching a spectacular display in our Main Arena at DogFest Hertfordshire, you will be invited in to have a go! Meet the experts and see if your dog has the confidence and skill to soar into the sky to catch the Frisbee.


The Agility course is equipped with jumps, tunnels, pole weaves and A-frames for your dog to run through, jump over or run up and down! Experienced handlers will help novices learn how to approach each obstacle correctly and safely.** You can also watch the slick and speedy race around the course with the Team GB finalist Kathryn Stickney at 10am and 2pm!

*subject to change.

**these activities will have a cost on the day.

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