Skilled dogs set to wow crowds at Crufts 2013

Our talented rescue dogs will take centre stage at Crufts Dog Show this month in an exciting agility display and challenging obedience competition.

Date:
01 March 2013
Source:
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

The teams of dogs and trainers taking part in the skilled shows will be based at a special Battersea booth (stand 25, hall three) at the four-day dog show starting on Thursday March 7 at Birmingham NEC. Six rehomed Battersea dogs will join forces with rescue dogs from various UK animal welfare charities for a special agility demonstration in the main arena on Thursday at 12.35pm and Friday at 10.45am.

Ali Taylor, Head of Canine Welfare Training, who will be taking part in the demonstration with her Staffordshire Bull Terrier Squirt, said: “This demonstration is all about having fun while promoting rescue dogs at the same time. We want to show that all of these dogs have come from rescue organisations and can reach a high level or even become experts in their field. Agility is a good way to train your dog and have fun at the same time. It also helps you keep fit and helps build a bond with your dog. Each member of our team has trained their dog themselves and we are really looking forward to getting out there and showing our skills.”

We will also be rolling out our legendary Temptation Alley for trainers and their four-legged teammates to put their obedience to the test.  Dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes competing will take a trip down the infamous strip lined with toys and treats, and try to resist temptation to reach the end. Four teams from four rescue charities and clubs will compete in the knock-out event in the Kennel Club Good Citizen ring on Thursday and Friday at 12.30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1.30pm.

If you’re visiting Crufts this year, come and see our dogs and trainers at the stand. Our team of volunteers and staff will be on hand every day offering animal welfare advice, engraving dog tags and raising vital funds by holding a raffle and selling special Battersea merchandise, including branded mugs, dog bowls and bags.

The stand will also be promoting our 'Staffies. They’re softer than you think' campaign, which aims to educate people about the loving and loyal nature of Staffies. There will also be a special Staffie agility display in the main arena on Thursday at 10.45am.

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