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Friends for life – Grimsby student and her cocker spaniel come in top 10 in Crufts 2019

An excitable Oasis Academy Wintringham student and hers cocker spaniel Poppy have come an incredible ninth place in agility and obedience at Crufts 2019.

Annabelle Deamer, a Year 7 student at Oasis Academy Wintringham has been involved with dogs all her life and was given an amazing opportunity (again) to compete in Crufts 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham after coming third place in the under 12’s last year.

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It has changed in ways that couldn’t possibly have been imagined when the show was set up in Victorian times by the late Charles Cruft. Although it was a very different event in 1891 Charles Cruft was a great showman and would surely have enjoyed the size and scope of the event today, which is an essential date in any dog lover’s calendar.

Anabelle Deamer, Agility Competitor at Crufts 2019, said; “I have been involved with dogs all my life, and I got into dog training by watching a TV programme called Ashley and Pudsey, who are Crufts champions. My dog is a cocker spaniel and I have been training my dog in agility and obedience for the past 5 years, I am not new to Crufts, as I have competed at Crufts before and I came 3rd in the under 12’s last year.”

Anabelle trains her dog four times a week at two clubs in Grimsby called Klever K9’s and Border Bears. There a number of techniques Anabelle uses to train her dog, but the main ones she uses is treat training for obedience, and a treat ball for agility. Anabelle trains at both training centres with other local competitors too.

Wayne Watson, Newton House Manager, at Oasis Academy Wintringham, added; “Anabelle is always talking about her dogs and what she is up to in training, she is very dedicated and all of her teachers at the Academy are very proud.”

Before Anabelle went to Crufts she had a one to one training session with a world champion trainer and this made her want to go into the work of dog training and eventually go to Crufts.

Anabelle was up against twenty five other contestants in obedience, and twenty seven contestants in agility, of which all the other competitors were older than Anabelle.