If you love dogs and your canine companion enjoys a good day out then the Scottish Borders are the place to be this weekend.
On Sunday, 15 July, Traquair House will host its third Dogs Day Out, from 11am-5pm, and has a host of activities for dogs and their owners throughout the day.
One of the highlights is the Companion Dog Show with classes such as owner who looks most like their dog, fastest sausage eater, obedience classes, best rescue dog and categories for children and adults. All proceeds to The Dogs Trust.
The Daphne Memorial Cup will be awarded to Best Dog in Show in honour of Traquair’s much loved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
On the main avenue you can learn all about sheep dogs with demonstrations by the experts and for the first time a gun dog display which will be giving some great tips on training your dog to retrieve.
They are also delighted to have the Bow Wow Mini Circus with Bethany Martin who will be showing off her talented dogs and some wonderful tricks. There will even be a chance to learn how to teach your own dogs some new tricks.
Dog Agility Demonstrations will be provided by Dryburgh Dog Agility and you are invited to have a go on their super agility course.
In the old walled garden visitors will find a number of stands selling a wide range of dog accessories, treats and advice on dog care as well as some treats for humans from the garden café and other home made delights.
When your dog needs a little exercise you can take a gentle stroll around the extensive grounds or go walking in the woods with storyteller, Mary Kenny, who will be telling a few Shaggy Dog stories, then take part in our Doggy Treasure Hunt in the Maze.
Visitors who want to make the most of their visit can also visit Traquair House itself and discover its extraordinary history – a dog crèche is provided.
The event is supported by Burns Natural Dog Food and goodie bags for all dogs are provided.
Admission is £9 for adults £4.50 concessions and dogs go free (entry to house included – dog crèche provided).