Animal Welfare (and human!) Guidelines




Golden Rules

We are all invested in achieving the highest welfare and care for all of the dogs attending DogFest.

Dog Conduct and Care

- ​Please consider the temperament of your dog before you decide to attend. The show is very busy with thousands of other dogs and people, and knowing your own dog(s), you should consider if this is an environment they will enjoy or if it is likely to make them stressed or anxious, in which case they should not attend. DogFest is a very busy show with lots going on so ensure it will be the right environment for your dog before attending.

- What your dog can cope with will depend on its age, breed, health and the weather on the day. For example, suitable dogs will be healthy (physically and emotionally), not over- or under-weight, friendly towards other dogs and people, confident and calm in new places with new people. Although we have lots of places to sit and shade onsite please consider the age and health of your dog before attending.

- The welfare of your dog is your responsibility throughout the duration of the show and they must not be left unattended at any time.

- Dogs must be under control and on a lead at ALL times. Due to the busy nature of our event extendable leads can make be difficult and end up with everyone in a tangle! The organisers and/or staff reserve the right to ask visitors to leave if they witness any harsh handling or believe that their dog is being caused undue stress or compromised mental or physical health by being at the event. The use of electric shock collars, prong collars, choke chains and spray collars are not allowed.

- Only well-socialised dogs (i.e. friendly towards other dogs and people, including children) should attend the festival. The behaviour of your dog is YOUR responsibility. You know your dog and their temperament best so please make sure they will be happy around lots of other dogs and people, including children. If your dog is fearful around other dogs or gets very stressed and anxious it will likely not enjoy the day.

- Dogs should not be dressed up in costumes, or any restrictive clothing that restricts their movement or natural behaviour. We ask that for the comfort and enjoyment of the day for your dog they are not dressed up in costumes, or any clothing that restricts their behaviour

- Dogs should be healthy and fit enough to take part in the have-a-go activities. Enter them based on your knowledge of your dog, his/her fitness and veterinary history. Please follow any instructions you are given closely. Dogs should not be forced to interact or do anything they don’t want to. Please ask a membr of staff for more details about any of the activities if you are unsure if they are suitable for your dog.

- As a legal requirement dogs should have a collar and a tag with their owner's name and address inscribed on it and ideally a phone number on which the owner can be contacted.

- When travelling, we would ask you to follow the advice of all the major charities and government, and ensure that your dog is transported safely by properly securing him/her in the vehicle with a suitable harness, or in a suitable carrier, rather than be loose in the vehicle.

- Please check the weather before attending. Dog watering points will be available throughout the show and pools for them to cool off in. We advise everyone has a portable water container with them.

- Your dog(s) must not be left unattended in a vehicle during the event (or at any time). If poor weather turns into direct sun, it can take only a few minutes for a vehicle to reach temperatures that are a threat to their welfare and even their life.

- Owners should be aware of the signs of heat stress and also make provision for use of pet-safe sunscreen where appropriate.  It is recommended you provide your dog with plenty of rest breaks in shaded areas with water available. 
If the weather is warm please keep an eye on your dog for an signs of heat stress. Some dogs are more prone than others e.g. those with short flat faces, overweight, old, young and dogs with thick coats. If any dog starts to display signs of stress during the event, inform a member of the event team so that help can be provided. There are plenty of shade areas, water available and opportunities for you and your dog to take a break from it all during the event!

- Please ensure that you follow the standard Veterinary advice that your dog is correctly vaccinated to prevent disease, and do not bring your dog if they appear to be feeling unwell, have suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea within the past 48 hours or you suspect that they are suffering from a contagious condition.

- Bitches in season must not attend the event.

- We all want a clean festival site so please be a responsible dog owner and clean up after your dog. Designated disposal areas are located at the show. Please bring dog waste bags with you.

Health and Safety of Visitors

- Children under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

- Visitors are responsible for ensuring that they are wearing appropriate attire, taking into account the nature of the festival and the weather forecast. Wearing sunscreen is advised.

- Touchpoint Live Media (TLM), the organisers of DogFest, can take no responsibility for visitor’s medical conditions. If any visitor is in any doubt about their ability to participate in any activities they should seek medical advice or refrain from taking part.

- Persons attending DogFest do so at their own risk. TLM, its sponsors, contractors and agents will not be liable in any way for injury, loss, damage or death that might occur as a result of participation at DogFest, unless by negligence on their part.

Emergency Procedures

- If your dog has a problem at the event, please contact the organisers for veterinary assistance. The onsite vet will be contactable at all times so please find a member of staff if they are required. Staff will be in DogFest branded t-shirts and visible around the show and at all the have-a-go activities. You can also locate the Vet as shown on the festival map and following signage to their tent within the event.

- If whilst at the event you become concerned for a dog’s welfare please contact the organisers who will pass your concern on to our events Animal Welfare Officer. They can be located at the Vet’s tent marked on the festival map or by going to the Organiser’s Office also shown on the festival map.


By visiting DogFest you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the show.  You also acknowledge that you participate in the show at your own risk. DogFest accepts no liability whatsoever for any accidental damage or loss of any kind, whether direct or consequential, suffered by you, your family or your dog(s), in relation to visiting DogFest, provided that nothing shall exclude or limit our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence.

Filming and Photography

By attending the event, participants consent to being filmed/photographed for security and broadcast without payment.

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