PICTURES: Pooches wow DogFest crowds

PUBLISHED: 09:55 25 June 2019

Crufts presenter Clare Balding with a prize winning pooch. Picture: Louise Farrell

Crufts presenter Clare Balding with a prize winning pooch. Picture: Louise Farrell

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Hundreds of talented pooches showcased their skills at the UK's largest celebration of dogs.

DogFest 2019. Picture: Louise FarrellDogFest 2019. Picture: Louise Farrell

DogFest returned to Long Ashton's Ashton Court for the sixth time on Saturday and Sunday for a bonanza of shows, displays and activities.

Host of Crufts Clare Balding and vet Dr Noel Fitzpatrick led the great dog walk and handed out prizes.

A dog taking part in the assault course. Picture: Louise FarrellA dog taking part in the assault course. Picture: Louise Farrell

New additions to this year's schedule included a look-a-likey competition, a puppy zone for young pets to learn new tricks and the big dog dig event, where dogs found buried treats.

The main stage saw activities for both dogs and their owners with doggy yoga and wag and tone aerobics sessions.

DogFest 2019. Picture: Louise FarrellDogFest 2019. Picture: Louise Farrell

At the activity stage, canine entertainment was provided with routines from dog display teams which leaped through rings of fire and hurtled down zip wires.

Crowds experienced issues and getting into and out of the site on both days, but the organisers said this was due to prior roadworks in the area.

DogFest 2019. Picture: Louise FarrellDogFest 2019. Picture: Louise Farrell

A DogFest spokesman said: "There were a number of road closures and diversions across Bristol which coincided with DogFest this weekend, causing festival traffic to slow and meaning access to the site took longer than usual.

"Although this was beyond the control of DogFest, we increased extra traffic management resource on Sunday which helped alleviate some of the problems encountered on Saturday."

DogFest 2019. Picture: Louise FarrellDogFest 2019. Picture: Louise Farrell

A dog taking part in the assault course. Picture: Louise FarrellA dog taking part in the assault course. Picture: Louise Farrell

DogFest 2019. Picture: Louise FarrellDogFest 2019. Picture: Louise Farrell

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