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Neil Ellis was a member of the YKC for a decade and these days works as a dog trainer and nurse. We caught up with Neil to find out what he got out of his YKC experience.
I was a member of the YKC for over 10 years and have been involved in YKC events as a judge or trainer for approximately four years.
I teach dog agility for the YKC and judge YKC agility competitions, including Crufts 2020.
Part time nurse and part time dog trainer.
I studied Nursing at the University of Surrey.
Yes I have competed at Crufts with six different dogs in both the main arena and YKC ring, including the championship class, winning multiple classes. I have judged the YKC agility competitions at Crufts 2020.
Yes I compete in dog agility. I have a young puppy I am teaching and he will be ready for the summer of 2021. I also train dogs throughout the year and judge all year round, including various international appointments.
The YKC is important to me because it was a huge part of my childhood. I really looked forward to meeting up with my friends I had met through YKC events (summer camp, junior shows etc.) and these are people who I still remain friends with today.
Take that opportunity, you won't regret it. You will be taking up an activity with your beloved furry best friends, an activity that you will find yourself doing for the rest of your life, and you will love it!