Animal Welfare


Just like you, nothing is more important to Dogstival than the health & welfare of every dog attending. Dogstival is about fun but also about promoting responsible dog ownership. below are a few hints, tips and thoughts that are worth reading before you book tickets.

There will be lots more infomation coming soon from the National Park Authority about responsible dog ownership in the New Forest



  • Ensure your dog(s) are transported in a safe environment. Follow the advice of your vet or major charities that states they should be either secured with a harness or in a suitable carrier.
  • Always have fresh water in your car.
  • Never leave your dog unattended in the car for long periods of time. Even if the weather might feel ok, it only takes a few minutes of direct sunlight and it will be in serious danger of overheating. If we see any dogs locked or left in vehicles in unsuitable conditions, our staff have the right to forcibly remove that dog from your vehicle. Dogs die in hot cars.
  • Whilst your dog might like hanging out of the car window it’s not a safe way to travel. The same if your car is a convertible.
  • Most importantly. If you feel your dog(s) are suffering or are experiencing sudden health issues whilst at the event, please consult a member of our team or onsite vet immediately. Animals at Home South Hants which is part of a National Franchise have 24 hour support from their operational team and 24 hour access to a Veterinary nurse. Animals at home will have an Animal Ambulance onsite for the duration of the event and it is all authorised by the Animals Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (part of DEFRA) as required by European Law to transport animals in safety and comfort. The same for people, if you are feeling unwell, please find a member of the Dogstival team or check the site map for South Coast Medics tent.
  • The show will be busy and if that’s not the sort of place they enjoy, it might not be right for them.
  • Sorry dogs must be kept on their lead unless it’s in a designated area. These will be clearly signposted. If they are allowed to be off the lead, ensure they have a good level of recall…you must be able to control them.
  • How’s your dog’s health? If it’s getting old, struggling to walk very far or not as fit as it should be, then it might struggle as Pylewell Park and our event covers a pretty large area…
  • Bitches in season are not permitted to attend.
  • If your dog is not well socialised with other others or strangers? If not, or its anxious around other dogs or people then Dogstival might not be right either.
  • Ideally dogs should have a collar with a tag displaying its name and contact details. Ideally a phone number in case of emergencies.
  • Please ensure your dog is up to date with any required vaccinations.
  • If your dog is unwell or suffering with any medical conditions that may be passed onto other dog’s it’s not a good idea to attend.
  • Keep an eye on the weather. Ok, it’s May so it shouldn’t be blazing sunshine or freezing cold, but make sure you and your dog are properly prepared for a day out. We’ll have lots of water to keep them hydrated, the sea or a lake to swim in, plus shaded areas to relax in. This especially applies to certain breeds.
  • If you want your dog to take part in our ‘have a go activities’, it’s your responsibility to ensure they are fit and able enough.
  • Dogs are permitted to swim or play on the Pylewell Park beach but must be supervised at all times. The water is shallow, but tides change and ‘ripe tides’ to exist in the Solent.
  • Please don’t force your dog to do things it doesn’t want to. Not all dogs will enjoy all the activities.
  • Make sure you clean up after your dog. Failing to pick up is lazy, thoughtless and potentially dangerous to young children and other animals. Carry plenty of bags, bins will be sited across the festival.
  • Extendable dog leads aren’t a good idea. Everything gets tangled up. Dogs are also much more difficult to control if they are 20 feet out in front!
  • Anyone seen mistreating their dog or handling it poorly will be immediately asked to leave Dogstival.
  • Be careful what you drop on the floor and in particular certain foods that are poisonous to dogs such as chocolate or onions. Please do enjoy the lovely food and drink on offer but use the bins provided.
  • Please do not bring any glass onto the festival site.
  • Your dog is your responsibility. Of course, we’re providing loads of things to do, eat, drink, play with and explore, but they are under your ownership and if they have any special needs or requirements please consider that before coming along.Is your dog comfortable being around lots of people and lots of other dogs?



  • If you’re on medication or have any special medical needs this may not be a great event to attend. Especially if being on your feet for long periods or having to walk distances isn’t easy for you. Dogstival will not take any responsibility for your own personal medical conditions.
  • Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Do not stroke, touch or play with someone else dog unless you have had permission from the owner.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please find a member of the Dogstival team or check the site map for South Coast Medics tent.
  • Everyone attending Dogstival does so at their own risk. Our suppliers, stallholders, activities, sponsors or other festival contractors are not liable for any accidents or injury unless negligence is proven on their part.
  • Dogstival cannot accept responsibility of any loss of property, damage to parked vehicles or damage to property of any kind.
  • Dogstival has comprehensive Public Liability Insurance to the value of £20 million.


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