Festival for dogs in Hertfordshire welcomes new celebrities and features

PUBLISHED: 16:07 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 22 May 2018

DogFest, a festival for dogs and their owners, returns to Knebworth House in July

DogFest, a festival for dogs and their owners, returns to Knebworth House in July

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The ultimate festival for dogs is expanding with more celebrities and features to its weekend long event in Hertfordshire.

DogFest, a festival for dogs and their owners, returns to Knebworth House in JulyDogFest, a festival for dogs and their owners, returns to Knebworth House in July

DogFest is taking place in Knebworth House and Gardens, on July, Saturday 7, and Sunday 8.

The ‘DogFest Parade’ is a new addition to the event, led daily by DogFest host Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick.

Dog lovers can get in the spirit by grooving to the carnival band and enjoying an array of costumed entertainers.

Also new for 2018 is the ‘Hound Hang Out’ where visitors can meet a cast of social media’s brightest doggy celebrities and Insta-pooches.

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Other highlights are the School 4 Dogs ring – where even the most disobedient dog can become a teacher’s pet.

Owners will be able to watch demos from dog experts and trainers, including Lucy Heath of Britain’s Got Talent fame.

Other popular behaviour workshops in the line-up include Puppy School, obedience displays and teaching your dog to perform using props.

Newly announced for The Dog Activity Ring, sponsored by Animal Friends pet insurance, are the jaw-dropping ShadowQuest Dog Display Team.

The team are a troupe of super-smart dogs whose skills include abseiling down a 30ft tower, zip-wiring across the ring and jumping through hoops of fire.

The Dogs with Jobs area will feature Medical Detection Dogs, Search Dogs Buckinghamshire and the award-winning dogs of the Essex Fire Brigade, who have been trained to detect the scent of live casualties following fires.

The Fun Dog Show, sponsored by the RSPCA, will host various classes including Best Rescue Dog, Golden Oldie, Cool Pup and Happiest Dog at The Show.

VIP ticket holders will be treated to exclusive talks in the VIP marquee from the likes of TV animal experts Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and ITV This Morning’s resident vet Paul Manktelow.

Two-legged DogFest-goers can also treat themselves to a delicious spread of food and drink in the Festival Food Village.

Visitors can also listen to exciting live music and pamper themselves and their pooch with some shopping.

For tickets and further info visit www.dog-fest.co.uk or call 0844 581 4917.

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