Three gorgeous dogs from Silverdale are among the most agile in Australia – and they’ve got the ribbons to prove it.
Twenty-five-year-old dog groomer Heather Addie trained her cavalier King Charles and two kelpies to success at the recent 2018 Dog Agility Nationals in Victoria.
The dogs – Charlie, Dart and Pickles – impressed the judges at the championships with their skills navigating obstacles, jumping and following commands.
Ms Addie said she was proud of her dogs and pleased to come away with two national champions and a runner-up.
“I didn’t go in with any expectations, we were just there to have a good time,” she said.
“It’s a lot of fun for me and the dogs.
“There are so many new people for them to meet and new things to try.
“It’s a great way to spend time with them.”
The former Elderslie High School student started her cavalier, Charlie, in agility training years ago, scoring a national championship in 2012.
She recently took a year off from her hobby, but came back to the ring this year.
Her kelpies, Dart and Pickles, are both rescue dogs and Ms Addie said it has taken significant training to get all three pooches primed for the task.
“I started seeing an agility coach once a week, and we practice things like navigating a course and working with the A-frames and dog walls,” she said.
With more than 200 dogs in each separate class at the championships, Ms Addie was pleasantly surprised that her dogs came out so well.
“I was over-the-moon with the results,” she said.
Charlie achieved runner-up in the Masters Agility 300, while Dart and Pickles were named national champions in Jumping Dog Excellent 500 and Jumping Dog Novice 500 respectively.