Dogs all set for their party trick and treat

Rex  dressed as a headless scarecrow
Rex dressed as a headless scarecrow

Ghoulies, ghosties, long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night will come with a waggly tail this Hallowe’en.

For a dog training centre near Stannington will hold its own fancy dress spooktacular especially for our four-legged friends.

Central Bark, which is based at Whitehouse Farm, is planning a Hallowe’en party for pet pooches to raise funds for the German Shepherd Dog Rescue and German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue charities.

There will be competitions, decorations and games.

Co-owner and trainer Lyndsey Rutherford said: “We wanted to do something to help these charities and decided Halloween isn’t just for kids, it’s for dogs too.

“We’ve got all sorts going on, from the best fancy dress costume, owners and dogs, to biscuit-catching and dunking for apples.

“All we ask is you pay a small admission fee and every penny of that will be divided between the two charities.”

Fellow owner and trainer Susan Gilbert added: “It’s not just about raising money, it’s also about dogs and owners coming together and having some fun. Events like these really help boost the profile of smaller dog charities who don’t have any recognition, but do a fantastic job.”

The fund-raising event takes place at the centre’s indoor arena on Sunday, November 2, at 1pm. Admission costs £2.50 per dog. For more information see the website