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TODAY’S EAGER PUPILS

Seascales’s very own dog-whisperer has been teaching man’s best friend new tricks for more than 20 years.

The agility trainer for the West Lakeland Dog Club, Joanne Orrell, from Saltcrots, loved watching the agility classes so much that she got a puppy and became a trainer herself.

LITTLE BIG BELLA: Margaret Sewell's little Westie, Bella, joins in the action and has a go at the agility course

LITTLE BIG BELLA: Margaret Sewell’s little Westie, Bella, joins in the action and has a go at the agility course

She said: “I love teaching dog agility, it’s great to watch not just the dog but the owner learn and progress. It is so important to keep a dog active. They are like people, if they get bored they can become destructive.”

“All dogs want to learn and the mental and physical stimulation being in the ring provides is great for keeping them young.”

Joanne and her daughter teach three agility classes on the Seascale cricket pitch every Sunday.

“Owners don’t have to be super fit – I also teach distance handling for those who can’t run the circuits with their pets,” said Joanne.

During her two decades of agility classes, Joanne has had successes at both Crufts and Olympia. Classes cost £5 – to book, call Joanne on 01229 717331.

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