Local dog trainer prepares to compete on the world stage

Recently returned from a concert in Montreal, a local dog trainer is preparing to go abroad to participate in the largest dog show in the world.

Jennifer Fraser is set to take part in Crufts, an international dog show held annually in the UK.

“I’m actually the first North American to be invited to perform freestyle, so that’s what I fill my days with because I only have two months to prepare,” explained Fraser. “Actually, I’ve never done freestyle before. Basically it’s dog dancing – I’ve done a lot of segments and set up dog dancing for the musical and for Superdogs and I’ve been doing that for a few years now but freestyle is a full routine of four minutes under very strict conditions. judgment rules.

To qualify for an invitation, Fraser had to submit an application – which she does every year, before waiting to find out if her application had been accepted and if she would be allowed to compete.

She said the news came while she was in Montreal working on the musical Superdog.

“I didn’t have time to do anything to get ready… (after Christmas) I spent 20 hours alone working on the song (and choreography) and now I have about eight weeks to m training me and my dog ​​to do this whole routine for perfection,” Fraser said. “I’m (in) way over my head, but I’m going to have as much fun with this as I can. soaking up the whole experience, I’ll learn from it, that’s for sure.

Fraser will be competing against 11 other countries and taking one of her six dogs with her to perform.

She added for her, it’s not the judges she’s worried about, but rather the completion of the performance at a level that satisfies her.

“Even though I’m competing against 11 other countries, I really make sure that I can do the whole routine with my dog ​​and that it’s going well and it’s working out for us,” she said. “That’s my main focus and if the judges like it then that’s just icing on the cake.”

The hope is that the attention exchanged by participating in Crufts will propel Fraser into other projects closer to home.

“I’m hoping Crufts will be the first step for me to come down to the States and do dog dance competitions on TV…creating my own dog dance show, so it gives me more opportunities to having fun with my dogs.”

This whole experience follows the musical Superdogs, another first for Fraser, which she performed at the Segal Centre. During this show, more than 20 dogs were among the actors on stage.

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