There are dogs galore at Bramham, and so there are also dog entertainments. A group was running a ‘have a go at dog agility’ stand, so I volunteered m’husband to take Sparky round.

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She obediently followed him, but her expression was utter bemusement. It was as if she kept saying ‘but why?’

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She also very quickly twigged that he had a handful of treats, so would stop after every obstacle and look at him expectantly.

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It took a while, and some encouragement, before she consented to go through the tube, which gave me the chance to get a shot of m’husband’s bum.

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Once they made it to the table at the end, the trainer remarked that, as Sparks is so food-centred, she would be very trainable. However I doubt you would see the sort of dedication and enjoyment of the task that you get with the likes of a border collie.

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Because with Sparky, it’s all about the treats.

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