With over 22,000 dogs attending Crufts, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and Royal Canin have created a ‘swat team’ of helpers to patrol the car parks and walk ways of the NEC.
The team, sponsored by Royal Canin will be handing out poop bags and talking to dog owners about regulatory laws and how they could also help their own community with this issue.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “The majority of exhibitors and visitors to Crufts are responsible dog owners and take their responsibilities very seriously, however, sometimes the call of nature still catches a few out.
“The scheme has been inundated by volunteers wishing to help support this activity, demonstrating the passion and commitment that Royal Canin and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme network of supporters have for responsible dog ownership – wherever you are!”
Crufts is a British institution that has been entertaining the country and its dogs for over 120 years. Crufts take place from 7 - 10 March 2013 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information on the world’s greatest dog show visit www.crufts.org.uk
7th March 2013
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Notes to editors
• Watch Crufts on More4 from 6.30pm – 9pm on 7th – 9th March and on Channel 4 from 5.30pm – 8pm on 10th March. This includes all of the highlights from the Arena programme, including the presentation to the Friends for Life winner. Also watch Crufts live on the Crufts YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/Crufts.
• For the latest updates you can join the Crufts Facebook page at www.facebook.com/crufts or follow the Kennel Club on Twitter.com/KCLovesDogs.
• The Kennel Club, organiser of Crufts, is the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs. At its heart are programmes and investments in education and health initiatives to help dogs across the UK to live long, healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
• Crufts is a unique celebration of happy, healthy dogs and of the loving relationship that they enjoy with their owners. It recognises the varied roles that dogs play in society and highlights the many different disciplines and activities in which dogs are involved.
• For free downloadable images from Crufts 2013, please go to http://www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2013/
The Kennel Club
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.
The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.