Dog trainer Lucy Heath and her Border Collie Indie have been crowned as one of the UK’s most talented partnerships, winning the title of Crufts Factor 2014.
The Kennel Club launched Crufts Factor as a brand new on-line competition to search for dogs with a range of talents, from best tricks to best heelwork to music routines. Each week during Crufts a new talent category was launched on Facebook, with people from all over the world submitting entries and voting for their favourites. Lucy , of Billingborough, said: “I sent in a video of Indie and I performing a heelwork to music routine at the Lincolnshire Show and was really pleased to be told that we’d won. After this a panel of judges from the Kennel Club viewed all of the winning entries and we were selected as the overall winners of Crufts Factor 2014. I couldn’t believe it when I was told we’d won! It’s fantastic news and I am so proud of Indie!” Lucy also won a £100 Pets at Home voucher and £250 in Skye Cottages vouchers, enabling her and Indie to take a well-earned break in dog-friendly accommodation of their choice. This is not the first time Lucy and Indie have won national recognition – in December 2012 they won the hit ITV show “That Dog Can Dance”. Lucy is qualified with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and has four dogs of her own. She teaches obedience, heelwork to music and puppy classes at Billingborough Village Hall and Hougham. Lucy teaches dogs and handlers of all ages and abilities. For details call 07450 083387, visit www.4pawsfun.co.uk or log onto the 4 Paws Fun Dog Training Facebook page.