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    August 22nd, 2017Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    Sun 27 Aug, 6:30 to 9:00 PM, ITV1

    We are undeniably a nation of dog lovers, with a whopping one in four of us now sharing our homes with a canine companion. There are currently 217 recognised breeds plus thousands of combinations of cross breed, but which is the nation’s favourite?


    Presented by Sara Cox and Ben Fogle, this one-off programme reveals the top 100 dog breeds in the Britain today, having surveyed 10,000 people on the type of dog they own to provide one of the most comprehensive surveys of dog ownership ever to be undertaken in the UK. 


    Tall or tiny, sleek or shaggy, behind every dashing dog is a doting owner and amongst their number one fans are some familiar faces too. During the course of the two-and-a-half-hour programme we run down the chart from 100 to 1 and meet some famous faces in the process.


    Geri Haliwell, Simon Gregson, Gok Wan, James Martin, Gabby Logan, Louis Smith, Michael Ball, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby all introduce us to their beloved canine friends and even Prince Harry will be making an appearance during the countdown, as we share stories of the nation’s most extraordinary, talented and heroic hounds. 


    The programme will feature fascinating facts about the heritage, key characteristics and personality traits of every breed in the chart, illustrated by beautifully captured slow motion images of each and every dog. It’s an epic dog-athon of a show celebrating the love between dog owners and their best friends.


    Of course we all think our dog is the best, but which is the nation’s favourite, as we reveal who’s sitting pretty at number one?

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    June 9th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    Following the popularity of the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition at Crufts, the Kennel Club has announced that it will take place again this year, culminating in a grand final at Crufts 2018.

    To raise awareness of vulnerable British & Irish breeds, and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity, the Kennel Club created the competition in 2015. Although only in its infancy, the competition has already proved very popular and at this year’s Crufts, Trevor Hayward took the title with his Smooth Collie, Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth.

    Following comments made by competitors, it has been decided that only the Best of Breed winners at the group championship shows will qualify for the final, in order to raise the standard of the competition.

    The competition, which is sponsored by Eukanuba, is open to all vulnerable breeds competing at the following group championship shows in 2017:

    Toy                                    United Kingdom Toy Dog Society

    Terrier                                 National Terrier Club

    Working                              National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society

    Pastoral                              National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society

    Hound                                Hound Association

    Gundog                              National Gundog Association

    Dogs of breeds which are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list, who win Best of Breed at the above shows will qualify for the competition and will be invited to compete in the grand final at Crufts 2018. Qualification is retrospective in some cases as some shows have already taken place.

    There are two new breeds that have been placed on the vulnerable breed list for 2017/2018: the Bearded Collie and the Welsh Springer Spaniel.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition is a very important competition at Crufts. It is a fantastic way to highlight the plight of these breeds and promote them as the wonderful dogs they are.  

    “It is important that the show societies work with breed clubs of vulnerable native breeds so that these clubs can inspire their membership to enter the classes and take part in the competition. Crufts is a wonderful showcase for pedigree dogs and the perfect chance to show the world just how special the rare British and Irish native breeds really are.”

    To find out more about the competition, please go to www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/dog-showing/vulnerable-breeds-competition/. All Crufts finalists will be notified by the Kennel Club.

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    March 18th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    Petra (Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth), a Smooth Collie owned by Trevor and Birgit Hayward from Wem, Shropshire won the grand final of the Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition at Crufts on Friday 10th March.

    Trevor, Birgit and Petra won the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition in front of a packed Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham, beating 22 other vulnerable breeds to be crowned winner.

    The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition helps raise awareness of rare native breeds whose annual puppy registrations stand at fewer than 300, thus leaving them at risk from disappearing from the UK’s streets and parks. Just 89 Smooth Collies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2016.

    Trevor commented on his win: “Winning this competition means so much to me. I have been showing dogs for over forty years and have owned or bred 35 Challenge Certificate winners at Crufts. Petra is six and has a phenomenal record, winning 17 Challenge Certificates from 17 shows attended and has won five Best in Shows at club shows. I met my wife Birgit through owning our dogs as she has top winning Smooth Collies in Sweden where she is from.”

    Petra was chosen by judge Stuart Plane as having the best overall quality evident from each of the 23 dogs representing their breeds.

    Sponsored by pet food maker Eukanuba, and supported by Our Dogs newspaper, the Kennel Club launched this competition for dog show exhibitors who show vulnerable British and Irish breeds, to raise awareness of these breeds and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity.

    The competition, which was open to all vulnerable breeds competing at open and championship shows, enabled dogs that are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list to collect points to qualify them for the final which was held at Crufts.

    David Alcorn, David Crowther and Josie Baddeley’s Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum was named as Reserve Best Vulnerable Breed.

    The other finalists in the 2017 final were:

    Bloodhound, Sam Clark’s Ch Gioia Delle Isole Lontane at Farlap

    Bull Terrier (Miniature), Elaine and Verity Clark’s Ch Grandopera Macchiato

    Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Liz Jacka-Slater’s Cloverwood Duchess May

    Deerhound, Kay Constantine’s Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy

    English Setter, Kate Thomson’s Mariglen Fetlar Caspellwynd

    English Toy Terrier, Terry Burgess, Dominic Browne, Katherine and Christine Williams’ Ch Sharex Burning Love for Dobrugh

    Fox Terrier (Smooth), Rachel Turley’s Zetamaz Marcel Marceau Avec Llyunamill

    Glen of Imaal Terrier, Kathy George and Natalie Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz

    Irish Terrier, Angela Cooke’s Ch Montelle Carvillius Gold

    Kerry Blue Terrier, Carmel Clarke-O’Neill’s Lemracdream Raphael

    Lancashire Heeler, Nina and Ellie Beach’s Ch Foxthyme Back To Black

    Manchester Terrier, Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration

    Mastiff, Emma Herring and Jamie Dodd’s Ch Cedwalla Country Boy By Heffalump

    Norwich Terrier, Ali Hayes’ Ragus Fabulous Clown

    Otterhound, Samantha Lewis’ Ottaryx Phaedrra

    Sealyham Terrier, Joy Banks’ Ch Amberwheat’s Hope’n’Smile with Willowaire

    Skye Terrier, Jane Curtis’ Ch Brakemill Barnum

    Spaniel (Clumber), Peter and Jackie Sheppard’s Whissgig Daddy Cool

    Spaniel (Field), Caroline Smith’s Ewtor Affinity For Flyenpyg

    Spaniel (Sussex), Gordon and Lesley Nesbitt’s Yorkham Fred Bear From Charbrouille,

    Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Peter Clifton’s Ch Joseter Mr Blobby,

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “Congratulations to Trevor, Birgit and Petra on this wonderful achievement. Their commitment and passion for their breed will help to ensure that we continue to see Smooth Collies in our streets and parks.

    “We are extremely grateful to the owners and breeders who collected points for this competition for their hard work and dedication to these vulnerable British and Irish breeds – they should be very proud of their achievements.”

    More information on the vulnerable British and Irish breeds can be found on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getting-a-dog-or-puppy/finding-the-right-dog/vulnerable-native-breeds/

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    January 16th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    Millions of UK pets face loneliness, warns vet charity PDSA

    Christmas is now just a distant memory, days are short and cold, and pockets are squeezed after the festive season. So it’s no surprise that 16 January marks ‘Blue Monday’, officially the most depressing day of the year. But it’s not just us feeling gloomy this January: millions of UK pets are facing long-term loneliness. 

    Recent findings from the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report revealed that over two million dogs are frequently left alone for five hours or more on a typical weekday. Loneliness and boredom in dogs can lead to frustration and destructive behaviour.

    PDSA vet, Rebecca Ashman, comments: “Ideally, dogs shouldn’t be left alone for more than four hours on a typical day, so it’s hugely concerning that millions are routinely left alone for longer periods of time. Dogs are naturally very social animals and need companionship. Loneliness can be very harmful to their mental wellbeing.  
    Many dogs will have enjoyed the busy Christmas period with lots of company,
    and suddenly, when everyone goes back to work, they are back to spending much of the day alone.”

    “The PAW Report also found that 1.6 million dogs aren’t being walked every day and, worryingly, an estimated 94,000 dogs are never walked at all. Regular exercise is vital to encouraging positive interactions with people and other dogs, and avoiding obesity.”

    Sadly, rabbits are suffering a similar life of loneliness and boredom. Despite being highly-sociable animals that should live with a companion of their own kind, a worrying 780,000 rabbits still live alone. Vets are also concerned about the high number of rabbits who are completely forgotten about.

    Cats however, are solitary animals, naturally preferring to living alone. But PDSA figures show 2.3 million cats are living in homes with another cat, or cats they don’t get along with, potentially causing chronic stress and other health and welfare issues. 

    Rebecca added: “Ninety-three percent of owners told us that their pet makes them happy, so we are undoubtedly a nation who value and love our furry companions. But caring for a pet and ensuring you are providing for their needs can be very demanding. It’s important that you do your research before getting a pet, and make sure your chosen pet is right for you and your lifestyle. Your local vet is perfectly placed to help you with this important decision.

    “Pet owners need to make sure they understand what their pet needs to be happy and healthy, and be certain that you can meet these needs on a daily basis. For example, do you have time to walk a dog every day? Do you have the space, resources and time to commit to two rabbits? While the nation may be feeling the ‘New Year blues’, it’s important not to forget about keeping our pets happy too.”

    For free practical advice on how to keep pets healthy and happy, visit PDSA’s Pet Health pages

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    December 13th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    The Kennel Club Educational Trust has agreed a grant of £20,000 towards the creation of the new Dandie Dinmont Terrier Discovery Centre and a bronze statue at The Haining, Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders.

    The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is one of the breeds on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable native breeds list, and will be celebrated at the new centre, which will promote all of the native dog breeds on the list due to their low annual puppy registration figures.

    The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed of dog named after a fictional character and sees fewer than 100 Kennel Club puppy registrations a year. With less than 300 being bred worldwide each year, there is a real fear that it is only a matter of time until the breed disappears altogether.

    The new Discovery Centre will educate the visiting public, tourists and dog lovers about the breed, as well as tell the stories of the nine other dog breeds which have the Dandie in their heritage; the 13 breeds of Scottish origin and all of the Kennel Club’s 28 vulnerable native breeds.

    Paul Keevil, the UK Coordinator of the Dandie Dinmont Discovery Centre Project, said: “’Old Ginger’ was born at The Haining in 1842 and as the ‘father’ of the breed, it can be considered the birthplace of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier.  Every Dandie in the world today goes back ultimately to Old Ginger. Uniquely, the actual kennels he was born in and the kennel run still exist in the grounds of The Haining.

    “It is exciting for us that the trustees of The Haining are not only allowing us to open the Dandie Discovery Centre on this important landmark, but are also making the entire Haining Estate dog friendly.  Alexander Stoddart, the Queen’s sculptor for Scotland has been commissioned to produce a bronze statue of Old Ginger, which will be unveiled on June 4th 2017, his 175th birthday.”

    Mike Macbeth, President of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada and international co-ordinator for the project said: “Selkirk and the Scottish Borders are the ancestral home of the Dandie Dinmont.  It is therefore appropriate that the Discovery Centre be located in the actual kennel where the father of the breed was born.  But the restoration of Old Ginger’s kennel was unlikely without funding from the Kennel Club.  Those of us in the international Dandie community are grateful for the Kennel Club Educational Trust’s support for the Dandie Dinmont Discovery Centre.”

    Gerald King, Chairman of the Kennel Club Educational Trust said: “The Kennel Club Educational Trust is delighted to be able to support this valuable new initiative. Paul and Mike have given so much to the promotion and protection of this wonderful, loving, family dog, as well as support to other vulnerable native breeds in the UK.  With their dedication to the breed and all the work they have done, it is hoped it will go some way to safeguarding the long term future of this charming breed.”

    The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Discovery Centre and sculpture will be unveiled at the culmination of a three day international gathering of over 150 breed enthusiasts from 11 different nations on the 4th June 2017 at The Haining, Selkirk, Scotland.

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    November 21st, 2016Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    The Kennel Club has announced the reclassification of the Basset Hound, from the category three (high profile breeds) to category two of its Breed Watch system, with effect from 1 January 2017.

    The reclassification, which follows a recommendation from the Kennel Club Dog Health Group, means that Basset Hound best of breed winners or those winning their third challenge certificate will no longer require a veterinary health check at championship shows.

    The health of the breed will continue to be monitored by the Kennel Club, and the Breed Health Co-ordinator for the breed will still be required to submit a comprehensive annual breed health report each year. In addition they will work with the Kennel Club as a key contributor to the Breed Health and Conservation Plan for Basset Hounds. Judges will also continue to submit mandatory health monitoring forms after each championship appointment.

    The reclassification will be reviewed in twelve months’ time and progress of the breed will be continually monitored via the Kennel Club’s Breed Watch system.

    With the development of the Breed Health and Conservation Plans, the Kennel Club will work collaboratively on health with Basset Hound breed representatives. This will take a holistic view of breed health with consideration given to known hereditary conditions (both simple and complex), conformational concerns and population genetics.

    The decision to reclassify the Basset Hound from category three was made by the Kennel Club Board following a recommendation from the Kennel Club Dog Health Group, which has been following the health of the breed and discussing the health initiatives with the Breed Health Co-ordinator, Tina Watkins, who said: “I am sure I can speak on behalf of Basset Hound owners that we are delighted with the news that the breed has been reclassified from category three to category two.

    “The Basset Hound Health Group is committed to working on the health of the breed, supporting research and health education. We are encouraged that these efforts have been recognised. The real work begins now and I am sure this will continue with the dedication developed within the breed to progress.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We would like to commend the dedication, passion and commitment of those Basset Hound owners and exhibitors who have participated in the Basset Hound Health Scheme and other health testing.

    “The Basset Hound Clubs and their Health Group have worked hard to ensure their community have been involved in all health initiatives undertaken by the breed. The Kennel Club will continue to work closely with breed representatives and offer support and advice with ongoing health and welfare initiatives.”

    The Basset Hound is the fourth breed to be reclassified from category three to category two on Breed Watch. There are now 11 breeds which remain on the Kennel Club’s list of category three breeds: Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Dogue de Bordeaux, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Pug, St Bernard and Shar Pei. For more information on Breed Watch and the guidance given to category three breeds, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/health-and-welfare-for-show-dogs/.

    For more information on Basset Hound health and welfare initiatives, please visit the Basset Hound Health Group website: http://www.bassetsrus.co.uk/index.html.

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    September 5th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    The monitoring of German Shepherd Dog classes at championship shows by Kennel Club field officers will start with immediate effect, the Kennel Club has announced.

    This monitoring will focus in the first instance on the show society’s use of the previously agreed and published escalation procedure to enforce the Kennel Club’s regulation on double handling. 

    Shows will be selected on a random basis and two Kennel Club field officers will attend each show. They will arrive before judging starts and will stay until the completion of judging. On arrival, the field officers will introduce themselves to the show manager/secretary and will brief the relevant show officials, judges and ring stewards on their responsibilities to curtail double handling at the show.

    The field officers will also ask to see the contract paperwork of all judges officiating at the show to ensure that they are under contract to abide by Kennel Club regulations and that they will adhere to the escalation procedure. General and group championship show societies are reminded that GSDs are to be allocated to a breed ring in a position amongst the other show rings.

    Both of the above conditions were part of the undertaking documents sent to all CC clubs and societies in early 2010.

    Show societies are requested to have a designated steward at ringside during judging to act as a point of contact for field officers should there be a need for the escalation procedure to be applied.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “These measures have been introduced following the Kennel Club’s announcement in July on the directives issued by the General Committee on the exhibition and judging of the breed. We feel confident that the field officers, show societies and breed clubs will work well together to their mutual benefit as well as to the benefit of all GSD exhibitors, ensuring a pleasant day out for everyone concerned.”

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    July 25th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    Following our appeal for funds to help in the care of Heidi, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is with ectopic ureter, we have a brief update to provide from the breed club’s Chairperson, Rosemary Kind:

    “Donations so far have reached around £1500 which should cover all Heidi’s care needs in the short to medium term. 

    We are delighted to report that Heidi is making good progress. Her foster carer has worked hard with her and by varying her medication she is currently dry most of the time. She still has the occasional accident, particularly when excited and is leaking occasionally if her medication timing is not strict but overall she has made very good progress. Her recovery from her operation means she is now playing and going for walks as a normal pup would and she seems now to be pain free. It is still relatively early days since her operation, so there is still healing going on which makes it impossible to assess how much further improvement there might be. In addition to that she has not yet had her first season and the oestrogen she will produce should also help to give some improvement.

    Sarah is doing an amazing job and as a Club I think it is only right that we express our thanks to her. Whilst the work with Heidi is rewarding, it is no means an easy job and we are very fortunate to have in Sarah the patience and dedication that is making the difficult job possible. Thank you.”

    If you would like to follow Heidi’s progress more regularly she does have a page on Facebook.

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    July 25th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has called on the Government to review the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act in light of new research released today.

    The Charity’s report, What’s Breed Got To Do with It?marks the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the 1991 Act, which outlawed four breeds of dogs from the UK; the Pit Bull Terrier, the Dogo Argentino, the Japanese Tosa and the Fila Braziliero.

    Battersea and many other animal welfare organisations have long opposed Section 1 of the 1991 Act that judges a dog on its looks not its behaviour, and can see them destroyed if deemed by the Police to be a banned breed. There is also little evidence that the Act has reduced dog attacks or been successful in eradicating the Pit Bull Terrier in the UK.

    Last year Battersea took in 91 Pit Bull Terrier types, confirming the breeding and sale of these animals is still going on and has simply been pushed underground.

    The Home’s report also paints a stark picture of unnecessary euthanasia of certain breeds by law, based on their physical appearance, rather than what they have actually done.

    Claire Horton, Battersea’s Chief Executive, said:  

    “This new research by Battersea sets out the failings of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in focusing on how a dog looks, rather than on anything the that it has done or the actions of its owner.

    “There are of course some dangerous dogs on our streets but for a quarter of a century this legislation has condemned too many innocent dogs to be put to sleep,  whilst systematically failing to reduce dog attacks in our communities.

    “Battersea is dismayed that this outdated, knee-jerk piece of legislation is still on the statute books. There is a clear need to replace it with a law that targets irresponsible owners.”

    In its new report, the leading animal welfare charity surveyed 215 of the UK’s professional canine behaviour experts on the factors which were most likely to cause a dog to attack a person.

    ·         74% said that breed was either irrelevant or only slightly important in determining dog aggression levels

    ·         Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is flawed – the four breeds of dog outlawed by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 were not directly identified as being the most frequently aggressive

    ·         Socialisation of a dog is critical, with 86% of experts highlighting the way it was brought up by its owner, and 73% identifying the way a dog was brought up by its breeder, as very important

    ·         Almost 89% dismissed the notion a dog’s size was a factor in its behaviour, as “not at all important”, or “not important”

    In addition:

    ·         78% of experts supported the compulsory training of new dog owners

    ·         77% wanted to see all breeders who sell dogs registered

    ·         98% believed adding more breeds to the banned list would have no effect in preventing further dog attacks

    Battersea is one of the few animal rescues that take in any dog regardless of its breed, age, or medical condition. The Home has taken in many hundreds of Pit Bull Terriers over the last five years alone. Of the 91 Pit Bull Terriers it took in last year, Battersea believes it could have rehomed at least 71% of them as family pets, due to their friendly and affectionate nature. Under the law Battersea is forced to put these dogs to sleep.

    The charity has documented 25 of the Pit Bull Terriers it had to put to sleep in the past year purely for their looks alone, and is publishing their photos today to show some of the innocent victims of this law.

    It must never be forgotten that the other victims are of course people who have been attacked by a dangerous dog of any breed and not protected by an ineffective law. Since 1991, there have been 30 dog attack fatalities involving 16 children and 14 adults. Meanwhile NHS Hospital Admission statistics show there were 7,227 hospital admissions for dog bites last year – a 6% increase year on year (a 76% increase over the last 10 years).

    Battersea’s legal consultant and dog law solicitor Trevor Cooper said: “This unique study has taken the wind out of the sails of those who still believe certain breeds of dog are inherently dangerous, and others are inherently safe.

    “This fallacy is the reason that so many perfectly harmless pets have been needlessly put to sleep since the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

    “It’s high-time that breed-specific legislation is repealed. Of course, there are dangerous dogs and the public must be protected from them, but assuming a dog is dangerous because of the way it looks just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. This law must be repealed.”

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    July 19th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    As part of the Kennel Club’s campaign to encourage businesses, workplaces and open spaces to welcome man’s best friend, Be Dog Friendly Week offers the perfect opportunity to trial a dog friendly policy. The Week runs from Monday 18th until Friday 22nd July and enables business owners and managers to discover the many benefits of allowing dogs in to their buildings and places to visit.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “With one in four UK households now owning a dog, there has never been a better time for establishments to embrace our canine companions. The Kennel Club has lots of information and advice available to ensure that the introduction of a dog friendly trial policy is a great success, and we hope that businesses will then decide to become dog friendly on a permanent basis.”

    Studies have shown that being dog friendly not only benefits our four-legged friends and their owners, but also the businesses themselves. A recent survey found that 72% of dog owners would go on more trips within the UK if they were allowed to bring their dog along, which could generate an additional £5 billion for the tourism industry.

    Dog friendly public places such as bars, restaurants and hotels have found that their guests have an improved overall experience for a number of reasons including furry friends encouraging social interaction between customers. In a survey carried out by the Kennel Club, a staggering 96% of people said that an atmosphere was improved once dogs were present, and four out of five companies said that business had improved as a result of expanding their customer base to include canines.

    Notable benefits for dog friendly workplaces include improved morale and attendance – 90% of employers surveyed noticed a positive change in the working environment after allowing dogs in the office, and reduced stress levels for workers – the presence of dogs has been proven to help lower people’s blood pressure and elevate ‘happy hormones’. Half of all businesses also noticed a decrease in absenteeism.

    The Be Dog Friendly campaign, now in its tenth year, aims to break down barriers for man’s best friend by encouraging more businesses and public spaces to welcome dogs. As part of this, the Be Dog Friendly Awards recognise businesses and places to visit that go the extra mile for dogs. The awards are held in association with dogfriendly.co.uk. Each year the public nominate and vote for their favourite dog friendly places across ten categories including best Town/City, Great Outdoors, Pub/Bar, Day Out and High Street.

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