Willoughby boy David takes his dog by the lead

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A WILLOUGHBY boy took his dog by the lead at the Young Kennel Club’s (YKC) National Training Camp at Brooksby Melton College near Melton Mowbray.

As part of a week long training experience for dog lovers aged from 6-16 years old, David Griffiths will visited the Ministry of Defence Animal Centre to learn how dogs are trained for use by the British Services across an ever increasing variety of tasks.

The rest of the week, David will be joined by his dogs, Twiggy and Wisp, as they take part in a number of activities including dog obedience, agility and grooming.

A typical day at the YKC National Training Camp includes four one-hour training sessions, a selection of team time activities and most days include an interactive educational session. Evening activities include games nights, discos, talent shows and other fun events.

Training on offer at the camp covers all canine interests including show handling, agility, obedience, heelwork to music, and the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme, which is the largest dog training programme in the UK.

Ensuring that the youngsters and their dogs are keeping fit and active, the camp also incorporates cani-cross, cross country running for the members and their dogs.

Cani-cross is open to youngsters and canines of all shapes and sizes and encourages participants to live a healthy lifestyle whilst strengthening the bond between owner and dog.