Doggy delight at South Downs National Park

Canine fun for all the family will come to one of West Sussex’s most beautiful destinations.

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out to the annual Dog Fun Day at the National Trust’s Woolbeding Parkland, near Midhurst.

The action-packed event, between 10am and 3pm on Sunday August 11, will include a fun dog show, working dog demonstrations, “have a go” dog agility and rally obedience, top tips on dog training, and the opportunity to meet cows and sheep. The event has free entry and has been organised by the South Downs National Park Authority and the National Trust.

Dog ambassadors from the Heathlands Reunited project – which is working to protect and enhance the wildlife-rich heaths of the National Park – will also be attending and sharing their expertise on dog obedience. The team has organised a “countryside dog challenge” – a fun obstacle course for dogs – with the chance to win a bronze, silver or gold certificate, depending on your score.

The team will be also sharing information on the National Park’s “Take The Lead” campaign, which is encouraging responsible dog walking through tips such as sticking to paths during the bird nesting season.

Chloe Beckerson, Events Coordinator for the South Downs National Park, said: “If you love dogs, you’ll love our Dog Fun Day! This is always one of the highlights of our events schedule as it’s such a fun day for everyone.

“It’s also a great opportunity for dog owners to learn more about how they can help care for the countryside and know what to do around livestock.”

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