Labradoodle Bailey wows Crufts crowd

Michaela Wicks from Shipley with her dog Bailey who appeared at crufts on Sunday.

Michaela Wicks from Shipley with her dog Bailey who appeared at crufts on Sunday.

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A golden labradoodle, who was trained at an Ilkeston-based dog class, wowed crowds at this year’s prestigious Crufts competition.

Bailey, who is one year old this month, took part in the annual competition for dogs last Thursday and Friday (March 7 and 8).

She and owner Michaela Wicks applied for the chance to appear in the main arena via the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.

Competition from 56 dogs was whittled down to 10 who performed as the Silver A Team at the NEC in Birmingham.

“It went really well,” said Michaela, of Shipley.

“She enjoys what she does so much – it’s all about good behaviour and good socialisation skills.

“I didn’t know how she would react to all the sights and sounds in the arena but she did really well.”

Bailey has been trained at Ilkeston District Dog Training Club in Heanor Road by Hazel Reynolds since the pet was just 12 weeks old.

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training scheme in the UK.

Its aim is to promote responsible dog ownership and in turn, enhance relationships with pets and to make the wider community aware of the benefits associated with dog ownership.