Spalding dog has her day at Crufts

Helen V, her son Simon and (centre) animal behaviourist Helen Maddison.
Helen V, her son Simon and (centre) animal behaviourist Helen Maddison.

Bebe took naturally to dog training when she began classes at 12 weeks, says her owner Lesley Cumper.

Less than a year on, to pass her bronze test at Crufts, Bebe showed Kennel Club judges she could sit and stay for one minute, return to her handler, go through a gate and a door, cross a road, and was able to meet strangers securely.

Lesley had her part to play too, demonstrating she could handle and groom her dog, showing her technique for walking Bebe and that she had the correct collars and leads to fit, as well as knowing the things to look for when her dog is ill.

Bebe’s trainer, Helen V, said: “Only a very few people get selected to do this, only eight each day, so Bebe was one of eight on Thursday at Crufts that did it.”

Helen’s own dog Harriet has completed the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog scheme at bronze, silver and gold – she has five dogs in total and they all work within the business. Helen adds: “I have to thank the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. Also, I’d like to thank all the people who give us the accommodation to train dogs in class.”