Published on 29th July 2016

girl in a summer dress with her white dog

Paws in the Park returns to Cheltenham from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 7 August for its thirteenth year of family and canine fun.

Hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council in Pittville Park, there will be lots of great activities.

Janice Peacey, the council’s community ranger, says: “Paws in the Park is one of my favourite annual events in the calendar. It’s a real pleasure to be involved in organising it as it’s always very popular and so much fun. I’d encourage people to come along and experience it for themselves as it really is an enjoyable event for everyone, not just dog lovers.”

Cotswold Canine Athletics are returning with ‘have a go hurdles’ terrier racing and LG Agility will be entertaining the crowd with a display of heelwork to music.

Little Paws, a local trainer and behaviourist, will be carrying out the Kennel Club Bronze Good Citizen test for both dog and owner to achieve.

Cotswold Pet Services will be running workshops about controlling dogs around farm animals. They will also be holding drop in appointments with their animal behaviourist to allow owners to ask questions on their pet’s behaviour.

Jayne James, community and education vet nurse from PDSA, is giving a talk on ‘canine communication’ about dog safety.

Along with all these activities, the hugely popular novelty dog show will take place from 12 noon (registration for the show is from 11am) with nine different classes to choose from including: waggiest tail, most appealing eyes or your child's best friend. There’s something for all sizes, shapes and breeds of dogs!

As always, there will be many stands promoting animal charities, pet services, photography and stores as well as glitter tattoos, bouncy castles, face painting, fairground games and refreshments.

Cllr Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment, continues: “We’re really looking forward to this year’s Paws in the Park. It’s great to see days like this bringing the community together to celebrate responsible ownership and promote active lifestyles for the whole family – all within our award winning park!”

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