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Brockswood Dog Run

We are so pleased to welcome you to our brand new Dog Run, where you can exercise your dog with total peace of mind. This secure fully fenced field will allow your dog to run and play in safety.

  • Lockable Double Door Gate System to help prevent accidental escapes and stop anyone else from trying to enter the paddock during your allotted time.

  • Fully Enclosed, 6ft Fencing to keep those larger, more agile dogs safe with mesh sizes suitable to keep your smaller dogs safe too!

  • CCTV and Alarm Systems very kindly provided by Portcullis Security Solutions for extra peace of mind for you and your dogs.

  • A cold water tap and bowls so that you can provide fresh water for your dogs, or wash off boots and paws during wetter/muddier times of the year.

  • Shelter in case of rain, and for those brighter days; we have lots of trees to provide natural shade.

  • We have created a short Woodland Trail taking you to the run avoiding our main visitor paths - so not only can your dog enjoy a variety of sights, smells and sounds to stimulate their senses during their visit, we hope that this should help more nervous dogs on our busier days.

  • We have provided a selection of toys in case you forget your dogs' favourites, a PawAid Doggy First Aid kit just in case (paws crossed you will never need to use this!), and a poo bag dispenser in case you run short - and don't worry, we have bins to dispose of dog and general waste too!
    On-site Accessible Toilet large enough for you and your dog (we know some people like to come alone and might get caught off-guard with nobody to hold their dog while they use the loo - you are welcome to take your dog in with you if you prefer!)
    ​• Small shop with a range of teas, coffees and hot chocolate. We also have a small selection of cold snacks. Go on, treat yourself as well!

The principle is simple – book the run online. Then come down and have some fun at the sanctuary with the whole paddock all to yourself for as long as you choose. Booking slots run every 30 minutes, but you are welcome to book as many as you like if you would like to stay longer with your waggy friends!

Every time you book our run you are not only treating your dog but our animals too, as all funds raised from the run will go towards caring for our rescued animals at the sanctuary, as well as making our run even better for you in the future!

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Book Below

We are currently offering 30-minute slots but you are welcome to book as many as you like in a row! If you are interested in booking a more extended period of time or for more than six dogs, please get in touch for a quote.

Please Note: We have now introduced a special 4:30 slot for Reactive Dogs. This slot takes place after visitors and other dogs have left the site, ensuring that your nervous/reactive dogs will not have to cross paths with others. We kindly request that you please leave these slots for the dogs who need this service and hope that it will help you! Thank you.


  • 30 min

    5 British pounds

  • 30 min

    6 British pounds

  • 30 min

    7 British pounds

  • 30 min

    8 British pounds

  • 30 min

    9 British pounds

  • 30 min

    10 British pounds

  • 1 hr

    30 British pounds

The Run to the Dog Run!


Why Dogs?

Why does an animal sanctuary that doesn't rescue dogs want to help dogs?

Well-behaved dogs on leads have always been welcome visitors at the sanctuary. Most people will agree that they see their dogs as members of the family, so why leave them behind when you’re taking a trip out? We believe that dog-friendly businesses are so important so that you can continue to enjoy this time together as a family. 

Our animals are all very accustomed to seeing dogs and not at all worried by their visits, so this is also an important opportunity for your dogs to see these animals in a safe, controlled setting – and with Livestock Worrying a growing problem in the countryside, we have plans to create a “Your Dog & Livestock” Course to better equip owners with the knowledge and skills needed to keep livestock and yourselves safe on country walks.

Although there is no blanket law in the UK on keeping dogs on leads in all public spaces, there are several Orders that oblige you to keep your dog on lead (or excluded entirely) in certain places in your local area, such as children’s play areas, roads, parks, etc. 

This is also recommended for the safety of your animals, and in some cases dog owners may simply not have the confidence to let their dog off-lead in a non-gated area. This may be due to:

  • Poor recall 

  • Anxiety of strangers/other dogs

  • Breeds/individuals with high prey-drive

  • High speed and agility

  • Aggressive behaviour

  • Dogs just starting training

  • Fears of your dog being stolen, and much more!

Time off-lead is absolutely vital for a dog’s physical and mental health, and important bonding time for you together. With around one in four households thought to have a dog, there are thousands of owners struggling to find a safe space to enjoy this time together, and many may not be walked at all. So, we want to go a step further in welcoming dogs to our sanctuary. We have created a secure, safe space that your dogs can enjoy here and a small “sanctuary” of their own to enjoy…

We selected a large, lush paddock in a quieter area of our site. This has been secured with a high fence to stop larger/more agile dogs from escaping, a lockable gate, as well as security equipment generously provided by Portcullis Security Solutions to keep you and your dogs safe! 

You will have full use of the dog run for as long as you have booked without the worry of another person or dog entering while you are in there! This also means that you are able to distance yourself from other people during the pandemic, and still enjoy your walk together.