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Toby the terrier gets his teeth into national contest

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

LEAPING THROUGH HOOPS: Toby the terrier with his owner Tamsin Harris-Bryant. Picture: Mike Southon. To order this photograph call 0844 4060 269 and quote Ref: BNMS20121211B-010_C

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WEAVING, going through tunnels and over seesaws is something one dog from Holsworthy is "a natural" at, according to his owner.

But now Toby the terrier is about to be recognised on a national level as he prepares to compete in the finals of a national dog agility competition.

Toby has qualified for The Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes, in the small category, taking place later this month at London International Horse Show. The four-year-old Patterdale Lakeland cross terrier has been trained by his owner Tamsin Harris-Bryant since he was a puppy.

Tamsin, 31, is a vet but spends her spare time training and competing with Toby.

She said: "During the summer we spend about an hour a day training but during the winter it is more difficult because it is best to train outside but we manage.

"I got into it when I took my first dog, who is now eight, to behavioural classes and discovered agility classes.

Tasmin added that Toby's favourite part of the course, which the competitions comprise of, is weaving.

She said: "Toby loves weaving, he is a real natural, sometimes he just does it on his own without me doing anything.

"Technically he is amazing although he is very shy but I have been working on his speed so he could be the fastest dog.

"It is completely dependent on the day and how Toby reacts to the crowd.

"He has it in him to be the fastest in the country, so fingers crossed."

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