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Inspiring: Lincolnshire dog trainer nominated for Crufts 2020 award

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A dog trainer from Lincs is one of just three British trainers nominated for the Royal Canin Dedicated Person Award. The winner will be announced at this year's Crufts.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 05/03/2020, 13:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:32


Ray and Helen Vaitkevicieus who jointly run Lincs Dog Training will find out whether or not they have won during the award ceremony of the annual dog show at the NEC in Birmingham. The pair was nominated in recognition of their ongoing work with the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Scheme.

The Dedicated Person Award may be presented to any trainer, enthusiast or club member whose work is integral to their local community.

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Mr and Mrs Vaitkevicieus were delighted to have received a nomination. Helen told Spalding Today, “I love dogs and I always think people have that passion that I do. I sometimes think dogs get a raw deal but it is not the dogs, it is humans.

"Some people say it is hard as they see the bad side of dogs but we see the best.

We have been doing a lot of work in the community, educating the public and bringing in the new poo bag dispensers.”

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Over the last few years Lincs Dog Training has been involved with various community projects. Most recently they raised money for biodegradable poo bags and the installation of poo bag dispensers in their home town of Spalding.

29 of the dispensers have so far been distributed to groups and parish councils, according to Spalding Today.


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The Vaitkevicieus's have also taken a selection of dogs to dementia support meetings.

Crufts runs from Thursday (March 5) until Sunday (March 8) at the Birmingham NEC.