Dog trainer Megan takes on the world

Megan Young
Megan Young

A NORTH Northumberland teenager, whose dog agility career has gone from strength to strength in recent years, is now world reserve champion.

Megan Young, pictured, from Milfield, took part in the Open Junior Agility Championships (OJAC) in Gloucestershire at the weekend, where she competed as one of four members of the Scotland team.

The 17-year-old, a pupil at the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick, finished as Reserve Junior World Champion as part of the Scottish team with her collie Shadow and Reserve Medium Junior World Champion individually with her crossbreed terrier Tyler.

This follows her Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Dog of the Year Award at Crufts last year despite three operations within a 12-month period on a splenic cyst which kept returning.

And while the OJAC event wasn’t as big as Crufts, Megan said that the level was perhaps a bit higher as there were international competitors from countries such as Canada, Holland, Belgium as well as the rest of the home nations.

“We spoke to a few people from different countries and it was interesting meeting different people and watching the different handling techniques and how diffferent they were to ours,” she said.

“It was quite a relaxed atmosphere, but it was really exciting.

“I was quite nervous as to how my dogs would adapt but both coped really well and did everything that was asked of them.”

And Megan was especially pleased with the performance of Tyler – a rescue dog who came from the Dog’s Trust.

“I only started competing with her last year,” she said. “She has done really well to achieve what she has.

“I was more pleased with how Tyler did because she’s been more challenging to train.

“There was a time while I was really struggling to make progress but this weekend we really got it together.”

Both Shadow and Tyler have qualiifed to compete at Crufts this year, which takes place next weekend.

Megan also runs classes in agility, Kennel Club Good Citizen awards and puppy training in Wooler.

For details contact Young’s Agility and Dog Training Services on youngsagility@btinternet.com or 01668 216032.