Working sheepdog wins Crufts Canine Freestyle championship

Who said you'll ruin a sheepdog if you allow it to do tricks?

Border collie sheepdog standing on its hind legs with sheep close in the background

2010 and 2011 Crufts Canine Freestyle Champions Richard Curtis and Pogo. Pogo is displaying one of her freestyle moves during a sheepdog training session

It's one thing knowing that a dog you're helping to train as a sheepdog has won some of the greatest Heelwork to Music competitions in the past . . . but when that dog (and man) win Crufts (AGAIN) it's quite breathtaking.

Our heartiest congratulations to Richard Curtis and Pogo (pictured above) for winning Heelwork to Music Freestyle on 11th March, then coming third in Heelwork to Music on 12th March and finally, second in International Freestyle on 13th March. An astonishing achievement on any account but this dog is on her way to becoming a really useful sheepdog as well - quite incredible.

The picture was taken when Richard and Pogo were here in December. I asked Richard whether Pogo would do some of her Heelwork to Music moves when she was close to the sheep. Richard promptly put Pogo through part of her routine before continuing to work the sheep as though it was an everyday occurrence.

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