Helen Jones and her dog Belle have just been awarded the highest award of the UK’s largest dog training programme from the Kennel Club.

An abandoned border collie has had her life changed around thanks to her owner Helen Jones from Rotherham.

Belle and Helen.When Belle arrived at West Yorkshire Dog Rescue just over three years ago, she was a thin nervous 8-month-old puppy, but thanks to Helen – an experienced dog agility trainer – a glorious future could be in store.

The pair have achieved the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Gold Award, the highest award of the UK’s largest dog training programme, and are now forging a successful dog agility career together.

Since achieving gold, the pair set their sights on dog agility and Belle, now 4 years old, has competed throughout the UK and is already up to Grade 5 of the 7 agility grades.

Helen has competed in agility for seven years and regularly trains with Belle.

She said: “I’m so proud of what Belle has achieved so far and I’m looking forward to seeing what she can achieve next.

“Agility is a passion of mine and I’m so pleased with Belle’s development so far. Having the benefit of basic dog training skills taught in the Good Citizen Dog Scheme has really helped to enhance Belle’s performance. Our next goal is to achieve Grade 6. We travel quite far to get to agility training but it really is worth it as we are seeing some great results.”

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “Passing the GCDS Gold Award is a fine achievement for any dog, but for Belle it is extra special. She didn’t have the best start in life, but thanks to West Yorkshire Dog Rescue and her owner Helen she has managed to turn her life around. We wish them all the best competing in agility.”

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