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Due to the nature of the entertainment and activities at Temple at War, having sought advice from the RSPCA, we would advise that other than Guide and Assistance dogs, no other dogs are permitted to enter the show ground.

RSCPA Advice
The RSPCA believes that people attending events with gunshots, explosions or other sudden spontaneous sounds should leave their dogs at home as dogs are easily frightened by loud noises and unfamiliar crowds.

In dogs, previous research has suggested that between 33% and 50% of dogs will show signs of fear and distress when exposed to sudden, loud noises. Dogs have highly sensitive hearing and with a much wider frequency range than humans. They can hear sounds up to four times quieter than we can and so noise levels that might be acceptable to us can be distressing and painful to dogs. Equally, sustained exposure to loud noises can risk hearing damage.

In addition, dogs are sensitive to the environmental pressure changes and vibrations that are caused by explosive devices and gunshots which can cause additional anxiety and stress. Therefore, an event with sudden loud explosions and gunshots is likely to be a very frightening and distressing experience for dogs.

Furthermore, unfamiliar environments or events with large crowds are likely to cause stress and anxiety for dogs. When dogs become distressed or frustrated they may start to exhibit unwanted behaviours, this can present a risk to the safety and welfare of the dog but also to people and other animals.

For the reasons above, the RSPCA would strongly advise that the public do not take dogs to events where they will be exposed to gunshots, explosions or similar. The society further advises dog owners not to leave dogs in the car whilst they are attending events such as this. Cars can get unbearably hot on a warm day and dogs can quickly suffer from heatstroke and may even die. Owners should therefore leave dogs at home and make provisions to ensure their dog is exercised, able to go to the toilet and fed in their absence.