Dog and trainer from Northamptonshire take top spot in agility final at Crufts

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A Border Collie from Northamptonshire and his owner took one of the top prizes at Crufts.

Geek and his owner Dan Shaw, from Watford, near Long Buckby, won the Kennel Club Novice Cup Agility Final for large dogs.

Geek and Dan, a dog trainer, won in the large category after competing in an exciting agility final at the world famous dog show.

The top 11 large, eight medium and eight small dogs from the Novice Cup competition (Grades 3, 4 or 5) held at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival (IAF) last August took part in the category finals at Crufts on Thursday.

Geek, who is three years old, was trained by D-Force Dog Training.

Dan said of his fantastic achievement: “I am very happy as there were lots of nerves; it was our first time at Crufts so we were not expecting to get on the podium and especially weren’t expecting to come first in agility. The dog was amazing- I could not have asked for any more from him and we will definitely be coming back to challenge next year.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “The Novice Cup is a special event and just to qualify for a Crufts final is a wonderful achievement.

“Many congratulations to Geek and Dan for their performance at Crufts, it was brilliant seeing them work as a team to claim the prize within their category.”