A Co Wicklow woman and her dog have been selected to represent Ireland at international dog agility events across Europe this year.
Laura Murphy, who trains dog agility in Enniskerry, will compete with her border collie, Indy.
Indy is rescue dog that was handed in to the rescue in a tesco bag-for-life as a puppy.
Ms Murphy has been competing in dog agility for more than ten years. Five years ago, she decided to make dog training her full time job when she opened WaggyMamas Agility based in Enniskerry Co. Wicklow. Here, she coaches new teams from the very beginning and brings them into the world of dog agility.
Agility is a competitive dog sport that involves complex positive reward based training and athletic ability from both the dog and the human.
It is governed by different organisations that have internationally recognised rules and qualifications. Laura and her dogs compete across Ireland and the UK.
This year, Laura and Indy will represent Ireland in three big international events – the World Agility Open, the European Open and the IFCS World Agility Championship.
The best dogs and handlers from each country are selected to compete against each other at these exciting and live streamed events.
Despite Indy’s difficult start in life, she landed on her feet when she was adopted by Laura and her partner Dan. She excels at all kinds of training including obedience, doggy dancing and of course – Agility.