Crufts 2013

Crufts 2013 what a great couple of days I managed not to spend too much on the dogs but couldn’t resist the odd little chewstick!! I visited the show on Terrier, Hound and Utility and Toy days and as previous I loved every minute just wish I could have stayed longer mainly for the great seminars put on by the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme which I found extremely interesting.

Simply-Canine have signed up and working our way to becoming a Kennel Club Accredited gaining the City and Guilds qualification which looking through the paperwork and learning involved could take some time but will be beneficial to all our dogs and clients.

The Kennel club set to raise standards in the dog training and canine behaviour industry which can only be a good thing when it comes to training dogs and is long overdue. There are lot of great trainers out there and there are also some who need to look at their methods and research the modern developments in the world of dog training and behaviour as scientists have discovered dogs are far more intelligent than we give them credit for….. Watch this space!!!

I think if anyone who loves dogs get chance to visit Crufts you will certainly have a great day out there is plenty to see and do, but don’t forget your wallets there’s also plenty to buy for fido from collars to harnesses, dog beds to kennels, wipes to baths and so much more….

You can also find out everything you need to know about your breed of dog or dog you like as well as meet all the different breeds of dogs at ‘Discover Dogs’ and discuss the breed, nature and care of that particular kind of dog.

Alongside the trade stalls and interactive areas there are various rings where you can watch displays of Obedience, Agility, Showing, Flyball, Rally, Heelwork to Music, Good Citizen, Help Dogs and my favourite the Gun Dog displays if you own a dog you will be amazed at what the handlers and owners of the dogs can achieve there is so much time and patience put into these dogs and Crufts certainly demonstrates all aspects of our dogs talents.

I visited some great charities involving dogs, Hounds for Heroes one of my favourite, Dog Aid, Dogs for the Disabled, Guide Dogs and so many more without these dogs and trainers the people who benefit from the services of these dogs would struggle with the smallest of daily tasks it is amazing how much independence people with disabilities can gain from owning these very special canine partners.

Finally I have to mention the ‘Scruffts’ Family Crossbreed Dog of The Year a competition for our crossbreed friends NOT PEDIGREE DOGS. The dogs are judged on their, good character, good health and good temperament with people and other dogs. Each dog has a background and history which is taken into consideration which is just fantastic for the dog world.

Crufts used to be a very closed show with only pedigree dogs accepted as competitors but over the years this has changed and dogs from all walks of life are accepted as equal candidates for all different categories of show and competition which has opened up the canine world hugely and made dog activities much more accessible to the average dog owner, thank you Crufts and thank you The Kennel Club for organising such a great event.

If you are interested in dogs or wish to find out further information about dogs, activities and dog care and breeding you may want to visit:

The Kennel Club:


Crufts for further information about dogs, activities and dog care and breeding.

Vicky Lees

Simply-Canine Dog Services