Video: Top pooch Parker ready for Crufts

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A trainer and her talented pooch are getting ready to take on the cream of the canine world and fight for the title of top dog.

Julia Durrant, from Ketton, and her poodle Jack Russell cross Parker will compete in the team agility event at Crufts next Saturday.

Dog trainer Julia Durrant, from Ketton, and her dog Parker who are entering the team agility event at Crufts.'Photo:  MSMP260214-022ow

Dog trainer Julia Durrant, from Ketton, and her dog Parker who are entering the team agility event at Crufts.'Photo: MSMP260214-022ow

Julia and Parker have been training hard at their own course near Uffington and are raring to go.

She said: “He’s a very consistent dog but anything can happen. I’ve have never been before and neither has he.

“But we are looking forward to it.”

The agility event involves four dogs and trainers taking on an obstacle course. Dogs have to pass on the baton between rounds and try and avoid faults.

Julia is not putting all her hopes on winning the event, instead choosing just to enjoy the occasion.

She said: “It depends on the day, on the nerves, on the dog and the environment.

“We are usually outside on grass. This is on carpet.

“Parker won’t mind - it’s probably me that’s going to be nervous.”

Julia runs her own puppy school and also takes full agility classes. She has been taking on agility courses herself for more than 10 years.

Initially starting with a German shepherd, she has scaled down her dogs until finally settling on Parker.