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More than 400 visitors and their pooches enjoyed a funfilled day at South Downs National Park’s annual Dog Fun Day.

The action-packed event on Sunday 11 August at Woolbeding Parkland included a fun dog show, working dog demonstrations, ‘have a go’ agility and rally obedience.

Sophie, Mimi, Wills, Clara and Alfie, the Spaniel Dog at Dog Fun Day, Woolbeding
Sophie, Mimi, Wills, Clara and Alfie, the Spaniel Dog at Dog Fun Day, Woolbeding. Credit: Chloe Beckerson

Chloe Beckerson, events coordinator for the South Downs National Park Authority, said, “Despite the wet and windy start, the sun soon came out and over the course of the day we welcomed over 400 people and their beloved dogs.

“Dog Fun Day has gained a reputation for being entertaining and educational at the same time and this year certainly didn’t disappoint!

“The event is the perfect platform for dog owners to learn more about how they can help care for the countryside and know what to do around livestock.”

Dog Fun Day Woolbeding 1 - The Warner Family with Humf, the Jack Russell
Dog Fun Day Woolbeding 1 – The Warner Family with Humf, the Jack Russell. Credit: Chloe Beckerson

As well as lots of entertainment, dog ambassadors from the Heathlands Reunited Project – a project working to protect and enhance the wildlife-rich heaths of the National Park – also attended to share their expertise on dog obedience.

More than 30 people also signed up to the ‘I Take the Lead’ Pledge, which encourages responsible dog walking in the National Park.

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