Ashleigh Butler backed by Kennel Club

Ashleigh Butler backed by Kennel Club

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Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey

Ashleigh Butler has the "complete backing" of the Kennel Club.

The 'Britain's Got Talent' winner and her dog Pudsey have delighted the organisation with their success after she initially trained with their Young Kennel Club, and the canine affairs body hope they can encourage other people to safely learn similar performance skills through their classes.

A Kennel Club spokesperson said: "We license classes and run competitions for Heelwork to Music and encourage people to get involved in this great activity, we just want to ensure that it is done safely and that beginners do not try something that is too advanced for them.

"It is through our Young Kennel Club that Ashleigh got involved in heelwork to music. We have never at any point implied that Ashleigh's moves could cause Pudsey harm and are completely supportive of her."

However, the Kennel Club are keen to stress that those interested in following Ashleigh's lead should put their dog's welfare first.

They added: "Any move that can cause 'injury or harm' to a dog should be banned. We do not provide a list of banned moves, as whether a move can cause harm or not depends entirely on the dog's size, fitness and the level of skill that the dog and owner have."

The decision about how safe a move is rests with the judge at Kennel Club events, who is given training and who will have extensive experience.

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