23rd Sep, 2019

Disruptive dog whose video went viral learning manners at Dogs Trust in Kenilworth

Laura Kearns 24th Apr, 2017 Updated: 24th Apr, 2017

BRITAIN’S most disruptive dog is heading to Kenilworth to learn some manners.

Dusty the Beagle has become a popular face around the country, after a video showing him running around a football pitch for seven minutes during a game went viral.

The pup made sure he was dog of the match at Halesowen Town’s ground The Grove during their match against Skelmersdale United in the National League North.

He ran onto the pitch and could not be stopped despite the best efforts of players, stewards and officials.

It was not until the football club’s defender Asa Charlton, who owns the disobedient pup – stepped in and tackled him that Dusty was caught.

Now he is taking his four-legged friend to dog school at Kenilworth Dogs Trust.

The 38 year-old player said: “It’s important that I can keep my mind, and my eye on the game and not have to worry about Dusty running onto the pitch like he decided to recently.

“I’m hoping that visiting Dogs Trust Dog School will help us learn how we can make sure Dusty behaves at home – and when he’s cheering me on from the side-line.

“We are about to go on a run of four consecutive away games, but thanks to the Dogs Trust Dog School, I’m confident Dusty will be welcomed back at the ground when we host our next match, with everyone knowing that we’re both going to be at the top of our game.”

The trust has launched dog school as a way to build on relationships between dogs and their owners and to improve the pet’s behaviour.

The charity say they created the school to try and cut down on the number of homeless dogs, as the top cause of abandonment is behavioural issues.

Trainer Jennifer Protheroe said: “Though Dusty is quite a unique case, basic recall is something many dogs struggle with but fortunately dog school is on hand to help dogs and owners learn these important skills.

“Dog School is about making sure you develop a strong bond with your dog, understand his behaviour, and know how to react if things don’t go according to plan, just like they did at the football match. But, we’re hopeful with a bit of help that will be a distant memory.”

Visit www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk to find out more.

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