CANINE lovers from miles around gathered for a day of doggy dancing.
Rugby Dog Training Club hosted the Heelwork to Music and Freestyle competition at Stoneleigh Park on January 28. The discipline involves a routine set to music where the dog stays close to the owner’s legs as well as a freestyle section of the routine where they can incorporate anything they want.
Routines take weeks to put together and practice - so, when the time comes, owner and dog are ready for the competition.
And as an added incentive, chances to compete at Crufts were up for grabs.
Several members of the Rugby Dog Training Club wowed the judges with their choreography and technical skill but Jenny Deakin and Tom came away with a place in both the Heelwork to Music and Freestyle semi-finals at Crufts in March.
Dave Ray, vice president of Rugby Dog Training Club and a Crufts organiser and commentator, said: “It’s great that our we’ve had success again this year and the real highlight is to see the hard work that both dog and trainer put in pay off.”
Rugby Dog Training Club is one of the largest clubs of its kind in the country. It has about 200 members on its books and its record of competition success attracts dog owners from across the region.
The trainer who started Heelwork to Music and regularly performs at Crufts, Mary Ray, is a trainer at Rugby, and one of her canine students recently appeared with the singer Will Young in a pop video.
For more information, visit www.rugby dogtrainingclub.com