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The Sun Comes Out As Young Kennel Club Summer Camp Gets Under Way

The weather has cleared up just in time as the annual Young Kennel Club (YKC) National Training Camp has begun, welcoming more than 70 young dog enthusiasts.

Exclusively for Young Kennel Club members aged from 8 to 15, the YKC Camp is a haven for young dog lovers who can meet and socialise with each other whilst learning new activities and brushing up on existing skills with their dogs. This year, 72 YKC members are attending camp with more than 150 dogs, and the most popular breed at camp is the Border Collie.

There is a diverse array of activities on offer for the members to choose and experienced senior YKC member are on hand to coach members in obedience, agility, flyball, handling, heelwork to music and the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme.

This year, the YKC Camp organisers saw Heelwork to Music class applications more than double following the success of YKC member Ashleigh Butler in Britain’s Got Talent. This follows a national trend, whereby Heelwork to Music classes have seen enquiries soar.

Young Kennel Club Vice Chairman, Pat Dufty, who was at camp to see the children in action, said: “It is fantastic to see such enthusiastic individuals year after year. It strikes me how much fun they are all having together whilst simultaneously picking up great skills with their dogs.

“We always hear how lifelong friendships are made at camp - it is fantastic that we are able to offer this camp to our Young Kennel Club members and we are also very grateful to all our Senior YKC members who volunteer each year, sharing their invaluable skills with the younger members.”

For those who missed a place at this year’s camp, applications for National Training Camp 2013 will open from early next year.

YKC National Training Camp is available exclusively to YKC members. To find out more about becoming a member of the Young Kennel Club, visit

Date: 31 Jul 2012

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