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Finalist in the 2009 Spiffy Dog photo competition
To celebrate the launch of the new website Xtra Dog, in conjunction with the Xtra Dog Facebook Page, we are launching our 2011 photographic competition. Here's your chance to show off your fantastic dog/s to the world and at the same time have the chance of winning one of 3 Xtra Dog Doggy Bags full of fantastic goodies from our website. Each catagory is being judged by a well known personality in the dog world and the winners and all entrants photographs will be displayed in a gallery on our website for all our visitors to see. We have 4 exciting catagories The Spiffiest Spiffy Dog being judged by TV personality and Tellington TTouch instructor Sarah Fisher, The Cutest Sled Dog being judged by Siberian Husky breeder and Siberian Husky Club GB (Welfare) fund raising co-ordinator Tessa Wakeling, The dog the Judge Would Most Like To Take Home being judged by the well-known dog behaviourist and Tellington TTouch practitioner Marie Miller. Finally once the judges have decided the winners and the best pictures in each catagory and some of the other best pictures they will be published in a gallery and you will get the chance to vote for the title of Xtra Dog Best in Show 2011. The winner will get a fantastic Xtra Dog Doggy Bag and a small trophy. You can enter as many catagories as you wish. There is no cost to enter.

Click read more to read full details of the competition, biographies of our judges and details of how to enter.

The Catagories

The Spiffiest Spiffy Dog - This is open to any customer of Xtra Dog and must show a dog or group of dogs using any equipment from the Xtra Dog range. Your dog might be wearing a Spiffy Dog collar, have an Xtra harness, be wearing one of our dog coats, a Thundershirt or even pulling a Pawtrekker dog scooter. This catagory will be judged by TV personality and Tellington TTouch instructor Sarah Fisher. The winning Xtra Dog Doggy Bag will contain a Spiffy Dog collar and lead and other useful dog goodies.

The Cutest Sled Dog - This catagory is open to any of the sled dog breeds or any other breed that runs in harness. If your dog is not a northern sled dog breed then your photograph must show the dog taking part in one of the following sports: dog sledding on snow or using a dry-land rig, dog scootering, Cani-X, ski-joring or bike-joring. This catagory will be judged by Tessa Wakeling a well known breeder of Siberian Huskies and the fundraising and press officer for the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain (Welfare). The winner's Xtra Dog Doggy Bagwill contain a Zima X-back or multi-sport harness of your choice, a fleece sled dog full circle or limited slip collar and other useful dog goodies.

The Dog The Judge Would Most Like to Take Home - Don't worry the judge won't be taking your dog home with her!! This catagory is open to any dog, pedigree of cross-breed and we will be looking for both the cutest dog and the best composition of a dog photograph. This catagory will be judged by the well known dog behaviourist and Tellington TTouch practitioner Marie Miller who is also credited as having designed the Xtra Dog walking harness. The winner's Xtra Dog Doggy Bag will contain an Xtra Dog fleece walking harness, a Dicky Bag and other useful dog goodies.

Xtra Dog Best in Show 2011- The winners from each catagory and the best runners up will be published in a gallery on our website and you, our friends and customers will get your chance to vote for The Best In Show Winner. The winner will receive a commemorative trohpy and an Xtra Dog goodie bay with useful dog training equipment from our website.

Good Luck!!


How to Enter

Visit the Xtra Dog Facebook page and "Like" our page. Upload your photo, with your name and which catagory or catagories you are entering onto our wall. E-mail a high resolution jpg or tiff (300 dpi or upwards if possible) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and address. All entrants will be viewable on the Xtra Dog wall and at the end of the competition we will publish a full gallery of the best photographs and the winners.

So now get that camera out and get some fabulous dog photos, you may enter as many times as you like and of course there is no charge to enter, so let's have some fun! and who knows an Xtra Dog Doggy bag may be coming your way soon - Competition closes June 14th


Meet The Judges


Sarah Fisher who last year completed the BBC television series Searching for Toto with Andrew Lloyd Webber, is the UK’s first Tellington TTouch Instructor and has worked with a variety of animals for the past 15 years. She owns and runs Tilley Farm which is home to the TTouch Training Programme in the UK. She has featured in many television programmes including The One Show (BBC1), Animal Rescue Live (BBC1), Blue Peter (BBC1), Only Fools and Horses (BBC1), GMTV (ITV1), BBC Breakfast News (BBC1), Richard and Judy, Celebrity Dog School (BBC1), Talking to Animals (ITV1 and National Geographic) and appears regularly on This Morning (ITV1) as a family pet expert. Sarah has contributed articles to many national and international magazines including Your Dog, Your Cat, Animal Talk (SA), Dogs Monthly, Horse Quarterly (SA), TTEAM Newsletter (USA), Your Horse, Horse and Rider, Pony Magazine and Dogs Today.

Sarah also works with private clients and teaches workshops for the UK’s top shelters including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, The Blue Cross and the Dogs Trust. She lectures internationally and in the UK for a variety of organisations and has given presentations on her work for the RVC, the BVNA, the UKRCB, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, the Wag and Bone Show, the APDT, the Cold Wet Nose Show and the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes. Sarah is also a regular speaker at the annual International Companion Animal Welfare Conference and teaches on the International Training Programme for Dogs Trust. Sarah fosters over-the-top puppies for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and lives with her partner, actor Anthony Head and their two daughters Emily and Daisy in a multi-animal household with five dogs, two cats, five rabbits, seven horses and four donkeys.

Watch Sarah in action


Marie Miller has been involved in dog training since a beautiful Golden Retriever puppy called Cindy joined her and husband John, a few weeks after their marriage. Being a 'horse marie-miller-and-fluffy person', it was a bit of a shock to discover that dogs didn't 'just know how to behave' and the penny dropped that it might be a good idea to join a class and learn how to train her properly. The rest as they say is history as the dog training bug can bite hard and fast!

Recognised as one of the UK’s leading dog trainers and behaviourists, Marie is also a Tellington TTouch Practitioner 3 and also holds an RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills and the Development of Learning. She has written for numerous dog and pet publications including holding the position of dog editor of Natural Horsemanship Magazine. Marie is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers' UK and a serving committee member. She is also actively involved in APDT Rally here in the UK.

Her consultancy Paws 'n' Learn has helped clients from celebrities to competitors to general pet owners all over the country. Marie is also technical consultant to Xtra Dog and often travels with the Xtra Dog team offering free dog advice to customers on their stands, and has been with them at Crufts, Discover Dogs, Paws in the Park, Robin Hood Game and Country Show and the LKA . Marie lives with her husband, son and five dogs. For the past 14 years Tellington TTouch and TTEAM have played a major role in the direction that Marie and Paws'n'Learn have taken.

Watch Marie in action

hugahusky2Tessa Wakeling Tessa and family have a passion for dogs. They own and breed huskies and Tessa shows her dogs at Chamionship level including Crufts whilst her husband is a competitive musher who competed at the world famous Aviemore sled dog rally in January. Tessa is also fund-raising and PR co-ordinator for the Siberian Husky Club GB (Welfare) and is actively involved in re-homing and fostering huskies.

The family live in a multi-dog home with nearly 20 huskies, 2 Dalmatians, an Afghan hound and a Papillion.




Watch Tessa in action













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