This year the annual awards are organised by DogFriendly, the UK’s online directory of dog friendly places, and held in association with the Kennel Club as part of their wider Be Dog Friendly campaign.
With around 8.5 million dogs in the UK, and around one in four households owning a dog, the great British public are always on the lookout for places where their four-legged family members are also welcome.
The DogFriendly Awards aim to recognise businesses and places to visit that make our canine companions feel welcome.
Members of the public can nominate and vote for their favourite businesses and places online, and the winners will be announced during a prize-giving ceremony at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London on 21 October.
The 2017 award categories supported by the Kennel Club will include; Places to Stay, Pub/Bar, Day Out, Café/Restaurant, Beach, Town/City, Large Organisation and Employer.
The Kennel Club’s long-running Be Dog Friendly campaign aims to break down barriers for man’s best friend by encouraging more businesses and public spaces to welcome dogs, and includes the annual Be Dog Friendly Week (starting Monday 24 July) where business owners are encouraged to learn more about the positive benefits of being dog friendly and to consider trialling a dog friendly policy, and support for the DogFriendly Awards.