Nottingham Golden Retriever crowned winner at Crufts

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Bramble, a three-year-old Golden Retriever, and his owner Briar Dunn, from Nottingham, triumphed at Crufts by winning the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes, held on Saturday March 12.

Bramble (Rubus Parvifolius) beat out 28 other talented dogs to be crowned the winner of the 2022 competition at the world’s biggest dog show.

The Good Citizen Dog Training Program competition was first held in 2005 to encourage owners of dogs who have passed their Good Citizen Bronze Award to participate in obedience trials as a potential gateway to dog shows.

The exercises included in the test are a combination of those used in the program as well as the pre-beginner obedience test.

Building on the basic training skills learned through the Good Citizen Dog Training program, Stakes Competition helps bridge the gap between basic training and competing.

Dogs must have obtained their bronze medal before the closing date for entries at the show.

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Dogs entering the final had to qualify in one of 14 rounds held across the country last year, with each round qualifying the top two dogs.

The final at Crufts was judged by the very experienced judge Mrs. Kit Clow.

Speaking after his win, Briar said: “I was so happy to be able to bring Bramble to Crufts because I know he likes to work and always does his best, but to win then was amazing.

“I’m so proud of Bramble. The day ended on a high with Bramble and I receiving our prizes in the main arena with the winners of the obedience championships.

Sue Garner, Chair of the Good Citizen Dog Training Program Working Group, added: “Briar and Bramble had a great ride today.

“The level of the competitors was very high and the duo should be proud of their achievement. The Pre-Beginner Stakes are a great way for dogs and owners to enter the world of obedience and I wish them well in the future.

Crufts also hosted the Good Citizen Pre-Beginner Final competition for Young Kennel Club members on Sunday March 13, which was won by Pepper (Jeplong Fire Cracker), a two-year-old Border Collie from Staffordshire and her 24-year-old owner. – Old Paige Jepson.

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