Life as a professional dog walker doesn’t have to be solely focused on making money through your business. A large proportion choose to go down this avenue of business because of a love for their canine clients.
And whether it’s with your own dog or a customer’s, getting involved in one of the many events for dog walkers held around the UK is the perfect way to put a new focus on your dog walking activities.
With so many activities and events occurring all over the country this summer, we’ve picked out five that all dog lovers should check out.
Where? Multiple locations
When? Selected dates April 13th – June 1st
Taking in some of the most scenic locations around the country, the Great British Dog Walk series is designed to help raise money for Hearing Dogs UK. As well as routes taking participants around grand stately homes such as Belvoir Castle in Lincolnshire and Ickworth Park in Suffolk, walkers can unwind post-event with tea and cake alongside live music and other activities.
Anyone signing up will also bag themselves (well, their dog), with a Hearing Dogs UK bandana, so your canine companion can show off their fundraising efforts.
Where? Multiple Locations
When? Selected dates May 11th – June 23rd
With big name hosts such as ‘Supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick and Clare Balding, this event is sure to be a hit for dog owners and lovers.
As well as big-name attendees there will be plenty for visitors to get stuck into, including the opportunity to have a go at the dog obedience challenge and the high-octane contest of flyballing.
Aside from that, you and your pooch can enjoy Fido’s Lido (a dog-only paddling pool), Wag n Tone (an aerobics workout you can both enjoy), as well as organised walks through the grounds of the venue.
With a trio of events taking place at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, Tatton Park in Cheshire and Ashton Court in Bristol, just pick your nearest location and head on down.
Where? Multiple locations
When? Selected dates May 11th – October 19th
This one is for dog owners looking for something that poses a bit more of a challenge. A world away from relaxed organised walks and paddling pools, the Muddy Dog Challenge series pits you and your pooch against a seriously testing obstacle course.
Organised by Battersea events at locations all over the country, from Cheltenham, Nottingham and Newcastle, will really test the fitness of human and canine alike.
Choose either a 2.5km or 5km course and prepare to get muddy! It’s all worth it in the end, though. Not only can you raise funds for a great canine cause, but you will be presented with a t-shirt and your canine team mate will get a bandana to wear during the race. Get to the finish line and you’ll receive a competitor’s medal while dogs are rewarded with a rosette to show off their achievement. What’s not to like?!
Where? Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
When? Saturday May 18th
Big Walkies Live keeps it simple. No obstacles to overcome, no aerobics to complete, the event is simply one big dog walk. Starting in the shadow of Cardiff Castle, participants can opt for either a 2km or 4km route through Bute Park in order to raise funds for the RSPCA.
While the event for dog walkers keeps things simple, there are plenty of refreshments available along the way, with entertainment planned for after the walk.
There’s also the opportunity to purchase merchandise, listen to some live music or just simply kick back and chat with fellow dog owners and walkers.
Where? Royal Windsor Racecourse, Windsor
When? Saturday August 31st
This big event focuses on one of the smallest breeds. Celebrating the chihuahua, this gathering on the banks of the Thames at Windsor Racecourse has a whole lot going on.
As well as an official Guinness World Record attempt, there will be plenty of chihuahua-friendly activities to get stuck into. The ‘Summer of Love’, as it has been billed, is organised in conjunction with Chihuahua Rescue UK , and will see displays from ‘stunt chihuahuas’ Lucky and Toastie, a ‘Chi Idol’ competition and the chance to practice your ‘downward facing dog’ with a series of doga sessions.
This really is an event for dog walkers who have a specific love of all things chihuahua!