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Dog-enthusiast Emily Rice and her four-legged best friend, Holly-Mae have started their summer holidays in style with a week of ‘pawsome’ activities at the Young Kennel Club (YKC) Summer Camp.

Emily, 15, from Gorefield, and Holly-Mae a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, joined 40 other dog loving children, all aged from seven to 16 years old, to train their dogs in canine activities including handling, agility, scent work, obedience and heelwork to music at the annual YKC Summer Camp held from in the new location of Rutland Showground in Oakham.

Emily said: “I enjoy all of Young Kennel Club Camp! I love the people you get to meet, and the training and competitions too.”

Emily Rice and her four-legged best friend, Holly-Mae aNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have been enjoying the Young Kennel Club's summer camp. (49865046)
Emily Rice and her four-legged best friend, Holly-Mae aNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have been enjoying the Young Kennel Club's summer camp. (49865046)

The showground was transformed for a week as the young dog lovers took over, having fun whilst learning skills with their dogs and keeping them both healthy and active.

YKC Summer Camp is a great way for children to keep active, have fun, make new friends and take part in a wide range of dog training and social events. The programme is packed with a range of activities and evening entertainment that keep the youngsters busy from morning till night.

A typical day at the camp includes four one-hour training sessions for the children and their dogs and a selection of team time activities, with some days also including a workshop or masterclass from dog experts. Evening activities include a quiz night and sports evening.

Vanessa McAlpine, spokesperson for the Young Kennel Club said: “The annual summer camp is a highlight in the Young Kennel Club calendar and we are delighted to see so many members return this year and be reunited with their friends.

“We are so proud of the wealth of talent and dedication displayed by our members and they really promote everything that the Young Kennel Club stands for; teamwork, developing skills and building self-confidence, as well as responsible dog ownership. Nothing can match the enthusiasm and passion of YKC Summer Camp.”

Young dog lovers interested in future YKC events should visit ykc.org.uk to find out about becoming a member.



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