DOG lovers are being urged to learn how to train their pets as the Tour De Rescue comes to the region.

Dogwood Adventure Play, located between Bishopton and Redmarshall near Stockton, is holding an event as part of the event set up by dog trainer Dominic Hodgson, which will see pet professionals and volunteers from across the UK work together to help rescue dogs.

On September 10, he will cycle to Hope Animal Shelter in Loftus, Maxi’s Mates in Redcar, Save Our Strays in Guisborough, The Edward Foundation and Heart Welfare before ending the day with a seminar for dog owners and trainers at The Talbot pub in Bishopton.

Pictured below, Katie Guastapaglia, manager of Dogwood Adventure Play, said: “The Tour is about not only celebrating the happiness rescue dogs bring to our lives, encouraging people to consider adopting, but also to raise awareness of the amazing work rescue centres do to help the animals.”

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Mr Hodgson, a bestselling author who has had three rescue dogs, said: “We hear a lot about the large welfare organisations but many are one or two person operations.

“They have little resources to work with but give so much of their time picking up the pieces when dogs are abandoned or mistreated, making them the true unsung heroes.”

To find out more and book tickets, visit All proceeds from ticket sales will be shared between the rescue organisations.