Sally Wood, from Bridgwater, has beaten four other finalists to
win an Outstanding Achievement Award for her dedication to dogs,
and the great work that she has done to train a deaf Boxer puppy,
The award, newly introduced this year, has been designed by
Royal Canin, manufacturer of tailored dog and cat food, to reward
an individual who has shown outstanding commitment to responsible
dog ownership through the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Training
Scheme, by carrying out exceptional work on a project, dog training
initiative or dog.
Five finalists were selected for the award for their great work
and the public were encouraged to vote for their favourite online
at the Royal Canin website, choosing Sally Wood as the worthy
winner. Sally was announced as the winner of the Outstanding
Achievement Award at the Kennel Club's annual Good Citizen Dog
Scheme Awards in London's Mayfair, where she collected her
In September 2012, Sally brought home a white Boxer puppy, who
was deaf. Aided by research into training deaf dogs, and with
help and instruction from local training club, Somerset Dog
Training, Sally set about training her new four-legged
friend. With lots of patience and enthusiasm, Sally's
positive, reward-based training saw Lilly learn steadily, and
eventually pass her Bronze Good Citizen Dog Scheme Award, as part
of the largest dog training scheme in the UK.
Sally said: "I am touched to have won an Outstanding Achievement
Award as part of the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme. Seeing
Lilly enjoy her training and all the new exercises she has learned
really is its own reward, so to be recognised by the Kennel Club
and Royal Canin for all the hard work we have put in is a lovely
feeling. My experiences with Lilly go to show that any dog
has the potential to be trained well if you put in the effort.
We are looking forward to working on achieving the Silver
Award next and I am confident that Lilly can do it."
Mike Townsend, Kennel Club Vice Chairman, said: "We are thrilled
to announce Sally as the winner of the Outstanding Achievement
Award. Those who voted obviously recognised the fantastic
work Sally has done for the world of dogs, notably her dedication
to training her deaf Boxer, Lilly, and she should be exceptionally
proud of her achievements."
Gemma Duffield, Royal Canin Marketing Manager, added:
"Congratulations to Sally Wood, this year's winner. We are proud to
be able to commend great dog owners like Sally, who has gone above
and beyond to support Lilly. Responsible dog ownership is at the
heart of Royal Canin and we are pleased our new Outstanding
Achievement Award can contribute to celebrating responsible dog
The Outstanding Achievement Award is a new addition to the
existing Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Awards this year,
which are held annually to recognise the efforts of organisations
nationwide which have invested their time and energy into helping
to train dogs and educating their owners on the importance of
responsible dog ownership.
More information on the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme can be
found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dogtraining.