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    April 18th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Ahead of next month’s national elections (5 May), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and BVA’s Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Branches have launched three manifestos urging incoming parliamentarians to take action on animal health and welfare under a One Health agenda for government.

    BVA’s three manifestos were developed drawing on the expertise and experiences of BVA’s members working throughout the UK and in all areas of the veterinary profession, and makes clear recommendations in three key areas: safeguarding animal health, promoting animal welfare and recognising the vital role of veterinary surgeons.

    Each manifesto sets out almost 20 policy recommendations that provide a clear pathway towards improving animal health and welfare, and challenges the next governments to:

    • Protect the welfare of animals by requiring all animals to be stunned before slaughter to ensure they are insensible to pain and, where there is little or no non-stun slaughter carried out, the next government should introduce measures to label meat as stunned or non-stunned to allow consumers to make an informed choice.
    • Review their programmes to eradicate bovine TB – or, in the case of Scotland, retain its Officially Tuberculosis Free status – moving towards comprehensive programmes that include a regime of controls such as risk-based biosecurity measures, cattle controls, badger vaccination where appropriate and available, and the humane culling of badgers via cage trapping and shooting only.
    • Continue to support the One Health approach, as outlined in the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy, to increase collaboration and integration of the veterinary and medical professions to promote the responsible use of antimicrobials.
    • Ensure robust enforcement of existing legislation to tackle illegal import of puppies across borders due to the potential associations with disease, dog welfare and behavioural problems.
    • Ring-fence or increase the budget to retain the local role of the vet to support the provision of vital veterinary services, especially in hard to reach areas like the Scottish Highlands and Islands, and to ensure robust disease control and eradication strategies.
    • Embrace partnership working between government and the veterinary profession, recognising the unique skills, knowledge and expertise of veterinary surgeons across animal health and welfare and public health.

    BVA President Sean Wensley said:

    “As veterinary surgeons we are on the frontline caring for animals, detecting and treating disease, and undertaking pioneering research into animal and public health. We work at the cutting edge of science and at the heart of the communities in which we practise, guiding animal keepers and owners towards good animal welfare decisions and helping to maintain the strong human-animal bond.

    “The UK prides itself on high, continuously improving animal welfare standards and voters care deeply about animal health and welfare issues, so we urge the incoming national governments to include this in their agendas and champion the concept of One Health in recognition of the inextricable links between animals, humans, and our shared living environment. Through our daily work, and these manifestos, we believe vets are in a unique position from which to offer the next governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales evidence-based and informed advice and policy recommendations.”

    BVA’s manifestos will be sent to all candidates who are standing for election, relevant animal health and welfare government groups, BVA honorary associate MPs, Peers & MEPs, and respective Chief Veterinary Officers. Following the elections, BVA will also share the document with newly elected Members.

    For more information about the national election manifestos or BVA’s public affairs and campaigning work, please visitwww.bva.co.uk/News-campaigns-and-policy/Campaigns/

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    April 18th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is inviting dog lovers nationwide to take part in its new Bark and Bake campaign during National Pet Month, by holding a Bark and Bake sale during the last week of April (25th April – 2nd May 2016) to raise money for the Trust and help make a difference for dogs.

    The Kennel Club is holding its own bake sale on 25th April and staff will be baking goods for both dogs and their owners to raise funds for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

    The Kennel Club Charitable Trust funds a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases, the promotion of support dogs and funding for dog welfare organisations, all of which give dogs a healthier, happier life.

    To arrange your own Bark and Bake sale, please visit www.kccharitabletrust.org.uk  for downloadable promotional material and recipes. Make sure to share your pictures of your bake off through the Kennel Club’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages alongside the following hashtags #barkandbake on the day of your bake sale.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “National Pet Month promotes responsible pet ownership as well as raising awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of companion animals. Our pets are very important to us and really are a part of the family.

    “The aim of the Bark and Bake campaign is to merge people’s love of baking and their love of their dogs to raise money and awareness for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. Anyone can get involved and we encourage as many people as possible to help us make a difference for dogs.”

    To set up a fundraising page in support of Bark and Bake, please visit http://bit.ly/1VsRCpD.

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    April 18th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    A leading veterinary neurologist, a pre-eminent diagnostic imaging expert, a PhD student researching ways to combat antimicrobial resistance, and a canine pathology student have today each received one of the largest veterinary awards in the world for the role they are playing in transforming dog health.

    The International Canine Health Awards, run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust were held on 15 April at the Kennel Club in London. This year’s awards were presented to Professor Holger Volk, Clinical Director of the RVC Small Animal Referral Hospital and Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery; Professor Mike Herrtage, Dean of the Cambridge Veterinary School and Professor of Small Animal Medicine; University of Liverpool PhD student, David Singleton; and canine pathology undergraduate student, Natalie Gibbons.

    The winners were given prize money to further their work in the field of canine research, underwritten by a major gift from Vernon and Shirley Hill of Metro Bank. Professor Holger Volk was awarded £40,000 for the International Award, Professor Mike Herrtage was awarded £10,000 for the Lifetime Achievement Award, and students David Singleton and Natalie Gibbons were each granted £5,000 for the Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award and Undergraduate Student Inspiration Award respectively.

    Launched at Crufts in 2012, the International Canine Health Awards were developed to recognise and reward innovative researchers, veterinary scientists and students who are significantly impacting the health and well-being of dogs. The awards are judged by a panel of influential representatives from the veterinary profession and the world of scientific research. The winners have won awards for their work in the following areas:

    Professor Holger Volk – The 2016 recipient of the International Award was recognised for the progressive work he has carried out in the field of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery. He is currently the Clinical Director and Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Royal Veterinary College as well as the President of the European College of Veterinary Neurology.

    Known for his work in canine epilepsy, Professor Volk has covered many topics within the field, including a study on diets to aid seizure control; an ongoing project on behavioural epilepsy co-morbidities; studies into quality of life issues for dogs and owners; and he has helped to launch a new anti-epileptic drug.

    Professor Volk is also a practising veterinary surgeon and has supported multiple canine breed clubs in his ground-breaking work on syringomyelia and canine epilepsy. He regularly engages with canine epilepsy support groups such as the Phyllis Croft Foundation and Blu’s Tale Foundation, and represents canine health and welfare in working groups for the International League Against Epilepsy and the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs).

    In 2015, Professor Volk co-developed the first ever smartphone app to manage canine epilepsy. The RVC Epilepsy Tracker was launched to improve the owner’s management of their dog’s epilepsy, and to use the data from the app to advance our understanding of the disease.

    He has a track record of innovative research with impact and has published more than 150 peer reviewed publications and 200 research abstracts, written multiple book chapters within his field, and is a popular speaker for national and international conferences.

    Speaking about the award, Professor Volk said: “I feel very honoured to have received the award. It caught me by surprise that the highly respected Kennel Club would endorse our work by giving me this award. I am grateful for all the amazing colleagues, breeders and pet owners for their passion to help battle animal diseases and for making a difference on a daily basis. Without everyone’s support, our work could never have been achieved or have an impact. The journey has just begun and we will continue our research work to improve animal welfare.”

    Professor Mike Herrtage – The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award has been honoured for his major contribution to veterinary scholarship and research. The Dean of the Cambridge Veterinary School is internationally recognised as a leading expert in diagnostic imaging and small animal medicine.

    The widely published professor’s research has covered a broad range of topics over the span of a 40-year career. Professor Herrtage is a specialist in small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging with a focus on the field of metabolic and endocrine diseases. He has developed diagnostic tests for a number of novel inherited metabolic diseases which have comparative links to human disease, including copper toxicosis in Bedlington Terriers and fucosidosis in English Springer Spaniels. He has also improved the diagnosis and management of canine and feline diabetes and helped increase the industry’s understanding of the pathogenesis of canine diabetes and endocrine responses in critical illness.

    Professor Herrtage has been instrumental in developing the residency programmes in Small Animal Medicine and in Diagnostic Imaging at Cambridge. These programmes have been immensely successful and have brought national and international recognition to the University. During his career he has successfully supervised 58 Diplomates, four doctoral and two master’s students and has examined seven PhD students and four master’s students. Three of his residents and two of his PhD students have been awarded international prizes for their clinical research.

    Professor Herrtage has held a selection of prestigious positions, including President of the ECVIM, President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation, President of the BSAVA, President of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology and President of the British Veterinary Radiological Association (now the ECVDI).

    After receiving his award, Professor Herrtage said: “I was surprised and overwhelmed to have been nominated for this auspicious award. It is a fantastic honour and one that I would dedicate to my colleagues, residents and students who have stimulated and supported me through my career, as well as my patients who have challenged and continue to challenge me.

    “I am going to continue to supervise residents in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging and shall use the award so that my residents achieve their goal of veterinary specialisation so that they can continue my work.”

    David Singleton – The 2016 Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award winner has been recognised for the research he is doing into antimicrobial resistance in dogs and other animals. His current work is focusing on the national surveillance of antimicrobial prescription and resistance in pet companion animals, an increasingly pressing issue which is impacting animal health and welfare.

    Working alongside the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET), with support from the BSAVA, Veterinary Medicines Directorate  and University of Liverpool, the PhD student hopes his work will lead to a world-first for canine health by linking real-time electronic results via SAVSNET with state-of-the-art laboratory analysis from his lab work in Liverpool.

    David said: “I am thrilled to be the recipient of the Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award. This will enable me to pilot real-time epidemiological and advanced laboratory-based antimicrobial resistance surveillance in dogs and other companion animals in the UK.  Antimicrobial resistance is a significant issue of increasing importance to both human and animal health, which will need a truly collaborative approach to tackle.

    “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with several veterinary diagnostic laboratories, and it is great to see organisations like the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, SAVSNET, BSAVA, the University of Liverpool and the Kennel Club, committing to support research in this crucial area.”

    Natalie Gibbons – Natalie received the Undergraduate Student Inspiration Award for her proposed research in to the phenotypic and functional characterisation of canine monocytes, an area which has not yet been explored in depth.

    The project, led by Professor Oliver Garden at the Royal Veterinary College where Natalie is currently studying an intercalated degree in comparative pathology, will theoretically result in the development of new therapeutic targets for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases in dogs. These treatments may be curative or at the very least will significantly improve patient care for any dog suffering from such a disease.

    Natalie said: “I am very grateful to have won this award which enables me to undertake exciting work on canine monocytes in Professor Oliver Garden’s Immune Regulation Laboratory at the Royal Veterinary College’s Camden Campus. In common with most bench-side immunological research, the investigation of canine monocytes is resource-intense. This award will enable us to continue this important research, which will contribute to our understanding of monocytes in health and disease. The opportunity to work in a vibrant, world-renowned research environment and to make a contribution towards improving the quality of life of a species we all love is very exciting.”

    Steve Dean, recently appointed Chairman of Trustees of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which runs the awards, said: “The winners of these awards are four truly remarkable people. They are working tirelessly to aid our understanding of canine diseases and other important heath issues. The work they carry out in their respective fields will have significant impact for the health of dogs in the future and, in certain cases, for the human population as well.

    “These winners are dedicating their lives to continued improvement of canine health by sharing their knowledge and expertise with others. We could not have hoped for more deserving winners and we thank them for helping us to transform dog health through science and tireless hard work.”

    Vernon Hill, Founder and Chairman of Metro Bank, and Shirley Hill, whose foundation underwrites the Awards commented: “We are pleased to recognise these great people whose work benefits both animals and humans.”

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    March 31st, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Owners of dogs with osteoarthritis are helping with the Bristol Dog Arthritis study being run by the University of Bristol, but even more dogs are needed to help.

    The study, led by Dr Jo Murrell and a team of animal health and welfare specialists in the School of Veterinary Sciences, hopes to find out more about osteoarthritis in dogs and ultimately improve the treatment of pain for dogs with this condition.

    Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis seen in dogs and is a very common cause of chronic pain, particularly in older dogs.  OA is a slowly progressing disease where the cartilage in the dog’s joints breaks down and causes friction between the bones resulting in outgrowths of new bone forming, known as osteophytes.

    The aim of the study is to increase researchers knowledge about pain related to OA in dogs; investigate the relationship between pain patterns in OA and pain mechanisms; and translate the idea of personalised pain therapy from people to dogs.

    Owners will be asked to bring their dog to the Vet School for four separate visits over a two-month period. The visits involve a full clinical examination by a vet, which will include a physical and orthopaedic examination; routine health screening of a blood sample; X-rays to assess the severity of osteoarthritis, sensory testing and follow-up advice about optimising pain treatment for the condition, provided by European specialists in surgery and pain management.

    Megan Goff, Research Technician in Companion Animal Studies, said: “We are delighted with the number of people who have registered their dog with the Bristol Dog Arthritis study but we need more dogs to take part. The more dogs that take part the more we can learn about the condition.

    “By participating in the study your dog will increase our knowledge about pain associated with osteoarthritis and make a contribution towards improving the lifelong welfare of the millions of dogs with osteoarthritis throughout the world.”

    Members of the public who own a dog over 12 kilograms in weight who is showing signs of OA in the hind limbs (hips and knees), such as stiffness after walks, less willingness to exercise or play, difficulty jumping or climbing stairs, and who live in Bristol and the surrounding area, are invited to take part in the project by emailing dogarthritis-study@bristol.ac.uk or telephoning 07510 993922.

    More information and a screening questionnaire can be found on the Bristol Dog Arthritis study website.

    The research team are also looking for healthy dogs over six years of age and of the same weight that are fit and well to participate in the study as a part of the control group.

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    March 27th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Following a vote this week which saw the British public choose unanimously for a ship to be named Boaty McBoatface – Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest animal welfare charity have named a homeless hound Doggy McDogface in attempt to make her more appealing to potential adopters.

    Dogs Trust Manchester Rehoming Centre Manger Dawn Bishop explains:

    ”McDogface is a sweet natured one year old pup looking for a loving new home. She didn’t have the best start in life after coming to us when her owner was sadly no longer able to care for her so we really hope her new name will help her find the happy home she deserves. She is a play fanatic and would need an energetic owner who can keep up with her. She could happily live with another dog and children over fourteen. Doggy McDogface is a super little dog who would make the perfect pet in the right home.”

    If you can give one of our homeless hounds a forever home, please contact Dogs Trust Manchester on 0300 303 0292.

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    March 27th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for local top dogs as it comes to the All About Dogs event at the Newbury Showground, Hermitage, Berkshire on Sunday 10th April.

    Dogs and owners competing at the heat are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London in October, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will qualify for Crufts 2017. 

    All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, where all shapes, sizes and ages of dog are welcome.

    Each dog entered in the competition will have a few minutes to dazzle the judges in one or more of the six competition categories: Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child’s Best Friend, Golden Oldie Crossbreed, Best Crossbreed Rescue and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class.  For entry criteria for each class, visit www.scruffts.org.uk.  

    When choosing the winner and runners-up for each class, the judge ensures that the dog has the following qualities:

    Good characterGood healthGood personalityGood temperament with people and other dogsWell behaved

    Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises the competition, said: “Scruffts is a fantastic competition celebrating the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs. These heats also raise money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which makes a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives.

    “The Scruffts heats are not only the perfect family day out, but an excellent opportunity to socialise your dog and meet other dog lovers in your local area. We are very much looking forward to seeing the wonderful crossbreeds from Berkshire and the surrounding areas in action.”

    The All About Dogs show is held on Sunday 10th April featuring everything from spectacular dog display teams to entertaining fun and games.

    Registration for the competition starts from 10am and the competition begins at 12:30pm.  Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the All About Dogs’ chosen charity.  There is no need to enter in advance, just simply turn up on the day.

    James Wellbeloved is the sponsor of the competition for the seventh year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog.

    Alison Sudbury, Marketing Director for James Wellbeloved said: “We can’t wait to see what Berkshire’s crossbreeds have to offer. Scruffts is such a great competition and truly celebrates the love between owner and canine.

    “On behalf of James Wellbeloved, we’d like to wish all competitors the best of luck embarking on their exciting Scruffts journey.”

    For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk. For further information about All About Dogs visit www.allaboutdogsshow.co.uk.

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    March 24th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    After moving in to a brand new building last November, the Kennel Club is now opening its doors to the public and offering free tours of the London headquarters situated on Clarges Street, Mayfair.

    Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the organisation, and the Kennel Club’s efforts to improve the health and welfare of dogs in the UK. During the tour staff will explain how the Kennel Club is an unparalleled source of information on dog welfare, training and breeding.

    Highlights of the tour include the unique opportunity to see the world famous Keddell Memorial Trophy up close; a visit to the world’s biggest canine library; a rare chance to view Sir Edwin Landseer’s ‘A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society’, currently on loan from the Tate; and a chance to explore the Gallery’s current exhibition, The Labrador Retriever in Art.

    Refreshments will be served upon arrival and each visitor will receive a Kennel Club goody bag when they leave. For a small charge, guests can prolong their visit with a lunch prepared by the catering team.

    There will be two public tours a month with each one beginning at 11am. Places are limited so visitors wishing to join a tour must book in advance via phone or email.

    Dates confirmed for 2016 can be found on the website thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/the-art-gallery/tours-of-the-kennel-club/. Private tours for ten people or more can also be booked for a small fee.

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    March 24th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Victoria Stilwell, a celebrity dog trainer famous for her work on the TV show It’s Me Or The Dog, has admitted to having being bitten by a Malinois during a “police dog deployment gone wrong” in Alabama.

    She wrote on Twitter this morning: “Two days ago I sustained a deep bite from a police dog deployment gone wrong. 6 deep puncture wounds from a Malinois & a whole lot of agony.”

    She elaborated on Facebook, in a post which has since been deleted: “Two days ago during a police dog training seminar I received a very bad, sustained bite from a training exercise gone wrong. Combination of wrong place at the wrong time and major handler error. I’ve been in a fog of pain and pain pills since then but today am clear enough to be majorly pissed. This should never have happened and now I have six very deep puncture wounds with two drains in my legs – can’t walk and the pain is excruciating. Am I feeling sorry for myself? Yes I bloody am. I’m annoyed that this happened when it so easily could have been prevented.”

    The exact circumstances of the bite are not yet known, but a previous Facebook photo on 22 March – two days ago – was captioned “Starting out today’s police K-9 seminar with some tactical training”. Victoria is not shown in the photo but you can see four K-9 handlers with their dogs, which are all of the Malinois (Belgian Shepherd Dog) type.

    Victoria has been spending a lot of time with US police forces lately, filming for her new series Guardians of the Night. However, she stated on Twitter that the dog involved was not one of those featured on the show. She also says she was only there to film the event, and was not training or interacting with the dog at all.

    Ms Stilwell is a long-time bite prevention campaigner and runs a series of events, including a two day behaviourist conference, during National Bite Prevention Week in June every year. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time she has been seriously bitten during the course of her career.

    We’re sure our readers will join us in wishing her a very speedy recovery.

    You can read Victoria’s blog about the incident here.

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    March 24th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Enter Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s kennels between 12 and 1pm and you can hear a pin drop. You certainly won’t hear barking but perhaps the odd snore as hundreds of homeless canines enjoy an afternoon siesta.

    The world famous rescue has taken a tip from the continent and introduced a daily ‘Siesta Time’ to reduce the stress levels of its residents.

    ‘Siesta Time’ is a golden hour in Battersea’s kennels where the lights are turned off, soothing lullabies are turned on, and all staff and volunteers must adhere to the ‘do not disturb’ mantra. It is the ultimate calming and relaxation period for the dogs’ that struggle to get shut-eye, enabling the most worried Battersea dogs to doze in contentment.

    The world famous charity conducted observational research in 2015 that tested and measured the stress levels of dogs’ when they first arrived at rescue centre. Ali Taylor, Head of Canine Behaviour Training at Battersea explains:

    “Often dogs are at their most stressed when they first arrive at Battersea. Kennels can be a very alien environment for a dog, especially if it’s a pet that’s come from a family home. We’ll try anything we can to help minimise their anxiety during their stay with us – which is how ‘Siesta Time’ came about. If you’re a dog owner you might notice how often your dog will sleep during the day, but the dogs here struggle to relax when they’re surrounded by so much noise in the kennels.”

    Battersea measured the impact of ‘Siesta Time’ based on three factors – barking, jumping up and stress-related behaviours. Staff observed how dogs’ behaved before and after ‘Siesta Time’, noticing after just a few days the positive effect the midday kip in kennels was having.

    Ali continues: “It’s amazing what a small but practical idea can do for the welfare of our dogs. We’ve definitely noticed a change in our kennels, there’s less barking and the dogs are generally a lot calmer because of it. They know when ‘Siesta Time’ is coming and many of them are already in their beds before the lights are off! We even rehomed more dogs in January this year than we have in any other month over the last two years. That might not directly be because of ‘Siesta Time’, but the programme is certainly helping our dogs’ relax and that ultimately means they’ll find loving homes faster.”

    Battersea has now rolled out ‘Siesta Time’ in most of its London kennels and will be trialling the same in its Old Windsor and Brands Hatch centre’s in the coming months.

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    March 24th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Young dog owners in Devon are invited to boost their canine training skills and try out agility activities by attending a fun training day organised by the Young Kennel Club (YKC) in Okehampton.

    The Young Kennel Club Dog Agility Training Day will take place at Devon Dog’s fantastic training grounds on Sunday 17th April 2016. The day is open to all YKC members aged 6-24 years, whether they have experience in dog agility or are complete beginners to the competition.

    The day will offer members access to agility training from top agility handler, Neil Ellis. Neil has been competing in agility for the past thirteen years and has come through the ranks of the YKC, competing in the junior finals at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival on numerous occasions, as well as competing in the YKC events at Crufts for the past seven years. Neil has represented Agility Team GB at the European Championships twice, made up an Agility Champion and won a number of senior titles over the past few years.

    There are two sessions available: the first session in the morning is for beginners who have either just started agility or have never tried it, and the second session in the afternoon is for members who already compete in agility to improve their skills.

    Jane Fullbrook, YKC Events Co-Ordinator said: “We’re delighted to announce the Okehampton Dog Agility Training day at the Devon Dogs facility. It’s perfect for any young person who has a love of dogs and agility.

    “We’re happy to cater to all levels, whether you’ve never tried agility before or whether you want to hone your skills with your canine friend. Our training days are always such fun and lasting friendships are often formed along the way – we hope that Okehampton will follow in previous events’ footsteps.”

    The Young Kennel Club is the Kennel Club’s group for young dog lovers aged from 6-24 and members can take part in dedicated events and activities that educate young people in the care and training of dogs in a fun and friendly environment.

    To find out more about the Okehampton Dog Agility Training day, please contact the YKC team: YKC@thekennelclub.org.uk. Each session costs £25, and will last 3 hours with 10 minute breaks every hour. Members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, but they will attend free of charge.

    To apply to attend the training day, please fill out the online form on the website: http://www.ykc.org.uk/content/get-involved/young-kennel-club-events-calendar/devon-dogs-further-info/.

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