Preparations for Norfolk Dog Day
Anthony CarrollThese are the clever and cute pooches that are set to win the hearts of thousands of dog lovers with their charity raising canine antics. Kizzie, Tess, Dazzle and Hamish are among a dozen dogs that will be wowing the crowds at one of Norfolk largest charity events next month.Anthony Carroll
These are the clever and cute pooches that are set to win the hearts of thousands of dog lovers with their charity raising canine antics.
Kizzie, Tess, Dazzle and Hamish are among a dozen dogs that will be wowing the crowds at one of Norfolk largest charity events next month.
The loveable and talented collie cross lurcher, German shepherd, border collie and schnauzer will be centre of attention at the second EDP-backed Dog Day on Sunday, August 8.
It is hoped that more than 15,000 people and 1,000 dogs will attend the event at Sennowe Park, Guist, near Fakenham in support of the services charity Help for Heroes.
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The four dogs are from a team of a dozen canines from the Clever Clix dog training school, based at Ormesby St Margaret, near Great Yarmouth, which will be performing in the event's main show ground.
Dog lovers are sure to be amazed by the skills the highly trained pooches will show the crowd, such as waving to people, jumping through hoops, turning on a windmill and knowing what breed they are.
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The dogs will also help collect money for Help for Heroes by carrying donation buckets.
However it is hoped the dogs do not get a major case of stage fright as it will be the first time they will have performed in public.
In order to get the dogs ready for their spot in the limelight, club members have been clapping and making loud noises to get the dogs used to large crowds.
To help nine-year-old Dazzle prepare for the event his owner, Christine Layton, 61, from Caister, has also been getting him to practise his eye catching stunts in Yarmouth's bustling Market Place.
The border collie will be showing how he can respond to 100 spoken commands, such as twitch, turn backwards and tidy up toys.
He has also been taught to recognise his own breed by replying with a dog version of a nod.
His owner said: 'I am a bit nervous as it will be first time Dazzle has performed in public and it is my first time as well.
'I am proud Dazzle is supporting Help For Heroes he is a wonderful dog.'
During the display Hamish the 16-month-old schnauzer will be turning on a mini-windmill with one paw.
His owner, Richard Baker, from Ormesby, said: 'I think it is good that Hamish is helping such a worthwhile cause.'
As well as showing the merits of clicker reward training, the team of 12 dogs hope to show how their training can be used to help owners by pressing panic buttons or nudging them in times of alarm or emergency situations.
The other dogs displaying their skills are Maisie the Irish wolfhound, Maurice the poodle, Buddy the Rhodesian ridgeback, Hattie the labradoodle, Sky the English setter, Nipper the springer spaniel, Badger the border terrier and Tula the cairn terrier.
Annabele Brooke, one of the Dog Day organisers, said: 'I think Clever Clix illustrates just how passionate people are about their dogs in Norfolk. The Clever Clix dogs will definitely bring an element of fun to the Dog Day. Last year we raised �85,000 and if we can raise the same amount or go one step further this year it will be absolutely fantastic.'
Clever Clix holds its weekly training sessions at the Ormesby village centre from 6pm every Wednesday.
Anyone interested in signing up can visit a session or call the club on 079 549 66180.