FAQ

All profits and proceeds from this event will go to Chiswick House & Gardens Trust to maintain and constantly improve this wonderful, historic oasis in West London.

Frequently asked questions

When and Where

The excitement begins at 11 am, so arrive early! We wrap up the fun around 4.15 pm.

The nearest entrance to the ’show ground’ is via the Staveley Road Gate (London W4 3ES), but all paths in Chiswick House grounds lead to the cricket pitch – just look for the signs!

It’s free, there is no charge.

Enjoy a large variety of street food from the catering stalls, as well as real ale, beer, cider, wine and soft drinks at the Dog Show Bar.

Event Schedule and Rings

The class schedule is on our website and available in the show guide on the day from the Information Desk

Each ring is numbered (1 to 3) with a big flag at the ring entrance.

Register on-line via this website, and bring your confirmation email to the Registration Desk on the day. A limited number of places in each class will be available for those who are unable to register on-line.

Each entry is £5 per dog per class.

Can your dog jump through a hoop, lay ‘doggo’ on the ground, dance the fandango? If your pet can do anything original, clever or just plain funny, then we’d love to see your dog in action!

The 1st in each class gets a prize and a special rosette, the 2nd placed dog gets a special rosette; there are 6 “Highly Commended” rosettes, and all the remaining dogs gets a “Well Done” rosette.

Winners from each class automatically enter the prestigious ‘Best in Show.’

Safety and Lost & Found

Paramedics and an ambulance are on site near to the Staveley Road entrance.

Inform one of the organisers (pink Hi-Viz jacket) or go straight to the cricket pavilion and an announcement will be made over the PA system.

Inform one of the organisers (pink Hi-Viz jacket) or go straight to the cricket pavilion and an announcement will be made over the PA system.

On-duty vets are on site. Notify an organiser (in pink Hi-Viz jacket) and/or go straight to the Information Desk.

Please report lost, or take found, property to the Information Desk.

Rules and Facilities

Dogs must be on-lead throughout the day. Also, please see Code of Conduct below.

Yes, by the side of the cricket pavilion, near the Staveley Road entrance.

There are plenty of recycling bins dotted around the show ground, especially near to the catering stalls. Please notify one of the organisers (pink Hi-Viz jacket) if bins are full.

Please put ALL rubbish and recycling in ANY of the big or small bins around the Cricket pitch.

Yes, a pay-and-display (no cash) car park (including blue badge parking) is sited alongside the westbound lane of the A4. Enter via the park gate, and take the right-hand path down towards the lake. From here, the cricket pitch/show ground is just on the other side of the classic bridge.

Up to four Blue Badge parking spaces are available near the Staveley Road entrance BUT these MUST be booked in advance by contacting carbarking@chiswickhousedogshow.org.uk

Chiswick House & Gardens: A Code of Conduct

Dog walkers are welcome at Chiswick House Gardens, which are for the enjoyment of the whole community. Please respect the rights of all users whilst exercising dogs freely. Chiswick House & Gardens is an area regulated by the London Borough of Hounslow Dog Control Order No. 2 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act. It is an offence NOT to comply with the following:

1. Scoop that poop!

Please clear up after your dog in ALL areas of the gardens including lawns, paths and woodland areas. Dog waste bags are kindly provided courtesy of the Dogs Trust and the Chiswick House Dog Show Organising Committee, and should be deposited in the special dog waste bins located throughout the grounds.


2. Dog walker etiquette

A limit of FOUR DOGS PER WALKER is allowed at any one time.


3. Follow the signs

Please respect ‘NO DOGS’ areas, which are clearly signposted.


4. Keep control

Please place your dogs ON-LEAD when directed to do so and respect ‘Dogs-on-Lead’ areas – these are clearly signposted. The cricket ground is an ‘On-Lead’ area BUT ONLY when matches are in progress.


5. Wildlife and water

Not everyone loves dogs, including wildlife, so please keep them close by and especially do not allow your dog to chase or disturb wildlife by the lake. Whilst dogs are welcome in the lake side area, they are not allowed in the water so, dog owners, PLEASE DO NOT ENCOURAGE THEM BY THROWING STICKS OR BALLS INTO THE WATER.

6. Access

Dogs are not allowed inside the House, Conservatory or Shop. HOWEVER, they ARE ALLOWED in the Kitchen Garden on a short lead, and under close control in the Italian Garden.


7. Café area

Dogs are also allowed in the CAFE but should be ON-LEAD in the area outside the café.


8. Assistance dogs

ASSISTANCE DOGS are welcome everywhere!


9. Identification

Please ensure that your dog HAS A TAG on its collar, detailing its owner’s contact information. If you should lose your dog in the park, please contact the Hounslow Dog Warden on 020 8583 5555. The House and Gardening staff are unable to assist.


10. Animal welfare

If you find a STRAY AND/OR UNATTENDED DOG in the grounds, and can secure it safely, please call Hounslow Animal Welfare on 0208 583 2000 Mon-Fri 9-5, and on the out-of-hours line on 0208 583 2222 for the officer on duty at the weekend. Further information can be found at:
Animal welfare | Pest control, welfare and DCOs | London Borough of Hounslow

This code has been agreed by Chiswick House & Gardens Trust in consultation with Chiswick House Dog Show Committee. The Police, Hounslow Local Authority and Chiswick House Rangers are responsible for the enforcement of the Dog Control Order and this Code.

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Food & Drink

All profits and proceeds from this event will go to Chiswick House & Gardens Trust to maintain and constantly improve this wonderful, historic oasis in West London.

Culinary delights!

At our Dog Bar, we’ve got something for everyone, whether you fancy a cold beer, a glass of red, or a non-alcoholic treat. Situated among our bustling food stalls, this lively spot is a favorite, offering a variety of drinks to suit your taste. And don’t forget to check out our delicious food options too! Click on the logos below to start your culinary adventure

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Sponsors

All profits and proceeds from this event will go to Chiswick House & Gardens Trust to maintain and constantly improve this wonderful, historic oasis in West London.

A heartfelt thank you to our esteemed Show Sponsors for 2023, John D Wood along with Dogtown, Butternut Box, James Bennett, and the Wolfe Vets team. A big shout-out to our 2023 class sponsors. Green Room Sponsor 2023: Sam Harrison from Sam’s Riverside, 2023 Programme sponsor: Ross and The London Stove Company, 2023 Tombola Stall Sponsor: Barlow & Co.

Gratitude to our valued 2023 sponsors!

A heartfelt thank you to our esteemed Show Sponsors for 2023, John D Wood. Their unwavering support, along with that of Dogtown, Butternut Box, James Bennett, and the Wolfe Vets team, has been instrumental in financing the show. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible – a resounding thank you from all of us!
A big shout-out to our class sponsors – your contribution plays a key role in making our event a success.

Green Room Patronage

Special appreciation goes to Sam Harrison from Sam’s Riverside for generously supporting the Green Room this year, adding a touch of warmth to our event.

Programme sponsor

Acknowledgments to Ross and The London Stove Company for sponsoring the programme, Barlow & Co for their generosity in sponsoring the Tombola Stall, and iSmash for their invaluable help and support.

2023 class sponsors!

Join us in making a difference

If you’re interested in exploring sponsorship options and joining our esteemed supporters, please reach out to Jan Preece at topdog@chiswickhousedogshow.org.uk

Become a Sponsor

Together, we make it happen!

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Celebrity Judges

All profits and proceeds from this event will go to Chiswick House & Gardens Trust to maintain and constantly improve this wonderful, historic oasis in West London.

Stars among us!

Year after year, esteemed public figures and celebrities generously lend their time, contributing to the resounding success of our show. A heartfelt thank you to these notable personalities for gracing us with their presence. Here are some familiar faces from previous shows:

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Explore the Stalls

All profits and proceeds from this event will go to Chiswick House & Gardens Trust to maintain and constantly improve this wonderful, historic oasis in West London.

Retail therapy!

Indulge in a shopping spree – our diverse stalls offer a variety of accessories, gadgets and treats for your doggy friends as well as homeware, fashion, cards and more for you! Uncover treasures and stay connected with the latest trends by clicking on the logos to visit their websites, Facebook, or Instagram pages.

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What to expect

All profits and proceeds from this event will go to Chiswick House & Gardens Trust to maintain and constantly improve this wonderful, historic oasis in West London.

Welcome to Chiswick House Dog Show!

Join us on Sunday 22nd September, from 11 am to 4.15 pm on the cricket pitch by the Staveley Road entrance, Chiswick House and Gardens (W4 3ES) for the “Biggest Dog Show in London”. Entry is free – and it’s always a day filled with fun and excitement.

Now in its 20th year, this event is organised by a group of local dog-loving volunteers who regularly walk in Chiswick House grounds, and the monies raised go towards dog-related matters, including the upkeep and maintenance of the many trees in the grounds so that people can walk their dogs safely.

Diverse competitions!

There’s a choice of 17 classes in which to enter your dog. These range from ‘Waggiest Tail’ and ‘Best Groomed’ through to the entertaining ‘My Dog’s Got Talent’. There is something for everyone’s “Best Friend”! To participate, go to the Registration link below, complete the £5 entry process, and choose a single class per time-slot for your dog. On show day, you’ll receive a numbered arm-band, to be prominently displayed by the handler, in each class you have chosen to enter

Register your dog!

Some Highlights Include:

  • Best Rescue: Judged by the Dogs Trust experts, this class looks for the most-endearing rescue dogs (and their heart-rending stories).
  • Naughtiest Dog: Share the most mischievous moments your canine companion has come up with (and you have endured!).
  • My Dog’s Got Talent: Show the judges your dog’s very special skills – be it going round in circles, jumping through hoops or just balancing a biscuit on its nose – this competition is full of surprises!
  • Best Young Handler: For those aged eight to 14, show the judges how you and your dog can walk, talk and run well together.
  • Best in Show: The high-spot of the day, where the winners of each of the 17 classes compete against each other for the prestigious titles of ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Reserve Best in Show’.

Register your dog!

Attending your first Chiswick House Dog Show

Competitors and their owners should arrive in plenty of time for their class ‘time-slot’ (allow at least 20 minutes). Those who have registered on-line should bring their confirmation email to the Registration Desk. There will be a limited number of places in each class, on a first-come-first-served basis, for those who haven’t been able to register on-line. Please bring treats and poo bags. A timetable of all the classes is available at the entrance to each ring, and a ‘show guide’ (with timetable) is available from the Information Desk.

ALL DOGS SHOULD BE KEPT ON LEADS THROUGHOUT THE DAY

Register your dog!

Doggy Dash

Enter your dog in a competition to see who is fastest in their group (small, medium or large). Which dog can reach the end of the ‘dash’ in the fastest time (without stopping, sniffing, peeing or pooing!). This all-day attraction is manned by volunteers from the Harefield Branch of the Dogs Trust, who donate the prizes. Proceeds from the Doggy Dash are shared between our two charities.

DogBola

Each year, our generous stall-holders donate prizes, as do class sponsors and many of our local West London businesses, pubs and restaurants, and these all go into our exciting ‘DogBola’. Join the fun (and anticipation!) for a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes.

Volunteer opportunities

We owe the success of the Dog Show to over 170 dedicated volunteers. If you’d like to contribute a few hours of your time on the day. Your support is invaluable!

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Photography

Our dedicated volunteer phoDOGraphers and viDOGrapher will be snapping dogs and their handlers throughout the day. These images may feature on our website, social media and promotional material. Your participation in a class confirms parental/appropriate adult understanding and consent. Thank you for your cooperation!

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