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The Kennel Club has unveiled a series of ‘Getting started in…’ videos, which show dog lovers how they can get involved in a range of activities with their canine companion.
Each video is narrated by an ex-YKC member, with demonstrations from their four-legged teammate, including tips on how to get into the activity, what it takes to be successful and practical training advice.
After years of competing in obedience as a Young Kennel Club member, we caught up with Voirrey to find out more about her background in the discipline and how she felt being asked to be the presenter of this campaign.
How long were you a member of the YKC?
I was a member for around four years.
What was your favourite part about being a YKC member?
The qualifiers at the shows and entering them with my friend to see if we could both qualify for Crufts.
Are you still active in the world of dogs?
Very much still active in the world of dogs, just too old for YKC now.
What do you do for work?
I’m an account manager in insurance.
What’s your favourite part about obedience?
The relationship and bond you make with your dog and the weekends away with the girls to the shows.
How did it feel to be asked to present for The Kennel Club and encourage new people to join obedience?
I was very humbled to be asked by The Kennel Club to present. It was a brilliant opportunity to showcase our discipline.
What would you say to someone thinking about taking part in obedience or the YKC?
Absolutely do it and get involved. You meet so many friends and have the opportunity to travel around the UK. You build a fantastic relationship with your dog and it’s a real sense of accomplishment when you teach your dog something new or get placed at a show! The best bit is that you get to do it all with your dog by your side.