There's always something new to learn about our four legged friends, and Dog Fest, a festival of all things dog, will have experts on hand to answer all your questions.

The event is being held at Stewarton Resource Centre, on October 5, and is aimed at educating current and prospective dog owners, particularly youngsters.

Martha Watt, a well known dog trainer have organised the event, which is free to enter, to promote responsible dog ownership, livestock awareness, responsibilities of dog owners when out in the countryside, dangers of puppy farming, laws regarding dog ownership, etc.

Martha has pulled together a collection of people and organisations to come along and either speak or present at the event. These include; SPCA, Dogs Trust, Burns Pet Food, Greyhound Awareness League, Kennel Club Assured Breeder, Scottish National Heritage, dog groomers and the local community police. She has also been gathering up literature from various sources to set out for attendees to take away, these include; The SNFU, Scottish Outdoor Access Code and Blue Cross.

The event will provide expert advice on all aspects of dogs,from purchasing a puppy through to adulthood, resulting in responsible dog ownership. It will offer information on how to avoid the perils of puppy farms and unscrupulous dealers, along with free advice on nutrition, training and welfare.

Refreshments will be provided. Only registered assistance dogs are permitted at the event – don't bring your dog along to the hall.

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