The new Canine Area will be ‘A Whole World of Fun’ for dogs. The Kennel Club and Paws in the Park are hosting a range of activities for your four-legged friend. The Kent County Show welcomes dogs to the Show as long as they are kept on a lead and owners responsibly clear up behind their pets.

The Kennel Club are organising a Scruffts qualifier for the first time this year with competitions for the prettiest, most handsome, best rescue dog, child’s best friend, the best dog that has taken part in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme and the ‘Golden Oldie’ for dogs 8 years and over.  The cost is just £2 per class and the proceeds go to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the charity which organizes the Kent County Show; the Kent County Agricultural Society.  Winners will be invited to the semi-finals to be held at Discover Dogs, Earls Court on the 9th and 10th November.

The Kennel Club launched the Scruffts Competition in 2000 and this year for the first time the final was held at Crufts 2013.  Winners from the Scruffts classes will be invited to Crufts 2014.

Energetic pets could also take part in Splash N’ Grab water based fun for dogs that love being in water. MDS Shows organise several canine events, have an exciting new dog display to really entertain visitors and their pets. Splash N’ Grab is based on a relay race combined with canine water sports and is essentially a race to grab a toy from the water and then return back to the platform before the dog in the neighbouring pool. The sport requires expert training to obtain the speed and routine of the race. Organisers will be offering training all morning at the Kent County Show with competitive heats in the afternoon.

The Dogs Trust, Canterbury is providing a ‘Dog Creche’ with space for 10 dogs at a time.  Kennels have been specially made for the Kent County Show and each dog will receive expert care for the duration of their stay.

Lara Murphy, Supporter Relations Officer, said “Visitors can leave their dog for up to 2 hours so all you need to do is visit our stand and book them in.  This will allow you to visit the food and livestock areas of the Show that do not allow pets”.  There is no charge for the service but the charity would be grateful for donations. The Dogs Trust will also have their Mobile Rehoming Unit and will be bringing different dogs each day that need rehoming.  The Dogs Trust will have a whole range of goodies on sale and experts on hand to give advice.