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Dog Day: The science behind the wag

Sun October 9, 2016 @ 12:0015:00

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Ever wondered why dogs do what they do or why they look as they do? Find out with experts in dog behaviour and canine researchers from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh and the Midlothian Dog Training Club, at a fun afternoon of dog science for all the family (dogs included).

Learn about how we shape our pets’ behaviour (for good or bad), and about what their behaviour can tell us. Watch or have a go with agility and obedience demonstrations by the Midlothian Dog Training Club, then see how your own pooch gets on in “Temptation Alley”! Children can practise their reading with “Reading With Dogs” or take part in a Dog Sense workshop run by Dogs Trust, while you find out about projects such as Therapet from the Canine Concern Scotland Trust or All4paws from Edinburgh Vet students

Plus you can ask our panel of experts all your dog behaviour questions at our Q & A session, or chat about caring for your canine at our “careful” table.

You can also find out how scientists are linking dog’s DNA to everything from the diseases they develop to the shape of their skulls or try a blindfold challenge with Guide Dogs Scotland.

So come and join us in the Event Field at Vogrie!


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    All this and lots more hands on / paws on drop-in (all afternoon) and scheduled activities will be running throughout the afternoon.

    12:15-12.30 MDTC obedience display
    12:30-13:00 MDTC Agility demo and have-a-go
    13:00- 13:30 Parallel workshops (first-come first-served, sign up on the day)
    13:30-14:00 Q & A with our panel of experts
    14:00-14:30 Parallel workshops (repeat)
    14:30-15:00 Temptation Alley. Which pooches will be able to resist our tempting toys and treats?



    sign-up for workshops on the day but get there early because spaces are first-come first-served


    “Dog Sense”

    Age 5-10
    Maximum of 30 participants. No dogs.

    A fun and interactive workshop with Rachel Bliss from Dogs Trust. Children ages 5-10 come along and take part in dog themed arts and craft, stories and activities. Children will learn about responsible dog ownership and keeping safe around dogs. With over 8 million dogs in the UK, it is essential that all children are well informed about interacting safely with them. For more information about dog safety please visit www.bedogsmart.org.uk


    “Fido Fears”

    Adults (14+).
    Maximum of 10 participants. Dogs not necessary.

    Is your dog terrified of fireworks, or thunder or even the hoover? Can gradual and controlled exposure to the scary thing actually help and how can this be done without stressing out your dog? Join Dr Amy Miele, lecturer at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and veterinary behaviour consultant, for an interactive discussion on the concept of desensitisation and the importance of paying attention to canine body language.


    “Clicks and tricks training workshops”

    Any age.
    Maximum of 10 participants.

    Would you like to know how to use clickers to shape your dogs behaviour? Or how training feels from the other end of the leash? Maybe you and your dog would like to learn a new trick together or perhaps you would just be happy if your dog would sit when you ask him to. Join experts and trainers from the Midlothian dog training club and The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies for hands-on training workshops. Separate workshops both with and without own dogs may be available.



    Sun October 9, 2016
    12:00 – 15:00
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    Vogrie Country Park
    Vogrie Country Park
    Gorebridge, Midlothian EH23 4NU United Kingdom
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    01875 821716