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Crufts

Therapy Dogs NationwideCrufts!  Known as the World’s Greatest Dog Show, happens each year in March at the NEC in Birmingham.

It’s four days of not stop fun, fundraising, and awareness.  By far the biggest event in our social calendar and the perfect opportunity to showcase the wonderful work we do as a charity and recruit more volunteers and their dogs.

We have a large presence at the show with our dogs highly visible on the Kennel Club’s Bark & Read stand as well as taking part in our Therapy Dog Parade in the Kennel Club Good Citizens ring.  Our volunteers happily fundraise on partnering trade stands and actively promote Therapy Dogs Nationwide over the 4 days.

We all have the “best dog in the world” and we all want to show off how proud we are to represent TDNbut often people do not give full consideration about how overwhelming Crufts can be.  It’s noisy, it’s tiring, it’s busy.  It is often difficult to move due to the sheer amount of people, there are buggies and pushchairs and bags.  People will approach your dog from all angles and never think to ask before stroking them.  

Your dog may be ideally suited to visiting nursing homes or busy schools but please think twice about bringing them to Crufts.  That said we usually have a few dog and handler tickets available each year.  Please keep checking this page for more information.

If you are confident that your dog’s wellbeing would not be compromised by the Crufts environment and would like to apply to represent us, please read on.

By applying for dog and handler tickets, you agree to the following:  

1.   You will be in full uniform whilst representing the charity, this is ‘TDN’ polo shirt, black skirt or trousers, black shoes (we suggest comfy shoes as you will be on your feet for most of the day)

2.   Your dog will be in full uniform whilst representing the charity, this is ‘TDN’ flat collar and lead and ‘TDN’ bandana and/or coat (we will also accept plain black or yellow martingale type collars, if in doubt, please check beforehand).  

3.   Your dog will be clean and tidy as befitting the occasion.

4.   If you intend to represent TDN in the Therapy Dog Parade, both you and your dogs will be in full uniform, no bags, coats etc are permitted at this time.

5.   You will check in on the ‘TDN’ stand (3/53) on arrival and let us know when you are leaving.

6.   You will collect for a minimum of 2 hours per day on behalf of the charity.  This may or may not be on the TDN stand, we may ask you to collect on one of our partner stands.

7.   You will refer all press enquiries to one of the Trustees

8.   You will make sure the welfare of your dog is not compromised and that you will allow time for breaks.

9.   There will be a small cupboard on the stand for coats and bags, but no large items will be stored there.  All items must be collected at the end of each day and no responsibility can be taken for items left there.

10.   You agree that any photos taken can be used for social media.

11. Only applications via the button below will be accepted.

I AGREE TO THE ABOVE

When requesting tickets, please include which days you are available and how much time you can give.  Crufts is open from 8am – 6pm each day.  

Please also tell us if you are a current active member of the Paws & Read Scheme.

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Crufts - Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Crufts - Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Crufts - Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Crufts - Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Crufts - Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Crufts - Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Crufts - Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Crufts - Therapy Dogs Nationwide