In the Netherlands, a number of major events for dogs take place every year. Some are outside, but there are also indoor events. Going to an event is a good way to socialize your puppy and in many cases, it is good for the bond between the owner and the dog. Note that such a day can be very tiring for a dog, pay close attention to your dog, and then give him/her the rest he/she needs.
Events for dogs can be a lot of fun for dogs and owners and good for the band. However, not all dogs like the crowds, and not all dogs are equally social. Think carefully about whether your dog will be able to walk among all kinds of other dogs and sometimes other animals. When in doubt, always keep your dog on a lead. Bring enough water and bags to clear his needs. At some events, you will be asked for a vaccination booklet. In any case, do not go to an event until your dog has had his vaccinations. If your dog is wearing a muzzle and retractable dog leashes, don’t forget to put it on. Dogs that show aggressive behavior can be refused or removed. On such a day, provide enough water and moments of rest for your dog.
Erkermederhondendag is organized at the Erkermederstrand in Zeewolde. This day is always held on the last Saturday of September. It is a grand and busy event, but thanks to the surface of the site, there is always a quiet spot. Some visitors come without a dog, but there are also people with multiple dogs. Admission for the dog day is free, but you can also stay overnight or barbecue for a fee.
An animal Event is an annual event that is organized in early May. The Animal Event is not only for dogs but actually for all (mainly) pets. There are also raptor shows, workshops with rodents, and demonstrations with horses. You can also encounter the other animals on the property. The terrain is quite large with several slopes where demonstrations can be seen. Some demonstrations include:
- dog dance
- brain work
- rescue dogs
You can also try out a number of disciplines with your dog yourself. The dogs must be kept on a lead and in some areas your dog is not allowed. If your dog shows aggression, the entrance may be refused. In 2019 Animal Event was visited by more than 30,000 people and more than 200 stands were present. Some parts of the event are covered, so even with some rain, the Animal Event is worth visiting.