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Nose For Art? London Hosts First-ever Exhibition Just For Dogs!

If you’re going to do an art exhibit for dogs, rule No. 1 is make it interactive.

And so that’s just what artist Dominic Wilcox did.

The exhibit, which ran on August 19 and 20, was a hit. Dogs of all stripes, along with their human companions, had a blast getting into the display, which was a parade for all the doggie senses.

Photo: Dominic Wilcox

Photo: Dominic Wilcox

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“Humans have so many art and design exhibitions to visit nowadays, it seemed only fair that dogs should get to see an exhibition created solely for them,” Wilcox told Upworthy.

The show was commissioned by insurance company More Than as part of their #PlayMore campaign, which (we love this!) encourages pet owners to play with their pets more often and regularly to promote their overall well-being.

Wanna go for a ride? Fans blow tempting aromas as hand-cranked scenery goes by in this car simulator. (Photo: Dominic Wilcox)

Wanna go for a ride? Fans blow tempting aromas as hand-cranked scenery goes by in this car simulator. (Photo: Dominic Wilcox)

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There’s science to support the recommendation, too.

A 2014 study conducted at Bristol University, in which 4,000 dogs and their owners were active, found that dogs who enjoyed regular play sessions showed less aggression, depression and anxiety — not unlike people who exercise their minds and bodies regularly.

The museum gave attendees, both four- and two-legged, a host of avenues for stimulation.

Wilcox made sure the dogs had interesting paintings to look at — at their eye level and other pieces engaged the nose, as well, like a giant fan which spread a number of dog-licious aromas about the room, things like meat and smelly socks!

Canine museum-goers found this giant dog bowl quite "fetching." (Photo: Dominic Wilcox)

Canine museum-goers found this giant dog bowl quite “fetching.” (Photo: Dominic Wilcox)

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A car simulator took the pooches on a virtual ride in the country, and of course, they were allowed to stick their heads out the window….

Perhaps the biggest hit, and arguably the best photo-op, was the giant dog-bowl ball pit where many of the pooches enjoyed rousing rounds of fetch.