Dylan Smith from Grimoldby has been selected for the Team GB Heelwork squad to compete in the Open European HTM Championships in Holland.
Proud Cordeaux Academy pupil Dylan, 11, has been competing in Heelwork to Music since he was six-years-old.
He currently works with Chase, his border collie, but has also competed with two German spitz. He has qualified for the Young Kennel Club finals at Crufts for the past four years and won his class three times there and also competes against adults in open shows.
Dylan said: “I was very honoured to be selected as a reserve for the four man Heelwork Team GB. Unfortunately one of the four team members had to drop out as her dog needed an operation, this meant that myself and Chase now have to step up to the the mark and compete.
“Over 100 top handlers and dogs from 15 different countries are taking part in this competition. I am the youngest ever to take part in this competition.
“Chase came from Scotland as a puppy and attended the puppy classes at The Black Sheep Vets in Louth. He then went on to train with Louth and District Dog Club for heelwork to music, agility, flyball, obedience and the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme. I am a member of the Young Kennel Club and Chase and I have had many training days with the top adult trainers in this country.”
“Heelwork to Music is divided into two section, heelwork and freestyle, a bit like Strictly is divided into ballroom and Latin routines. Heelwork routines are more like the Ballroom ones. Very accurate and there are certain ways of working. The Freestyle is a bit more like the Latin and allows you to do almost anything as long as it is in time with the music and safe for the dog. Freestyle is more commonly known as doggy dancing such as that performed by Ashleigh and Pudsey winner of a Britain’s Got Talent show.”