Belfast Telegraph

TV pair get tails wagging at Crufts

Ant and Dec briefly stole the limelight from the dogs at the first day of Crufts, as the event celebrated its 120th anniversary.

The TV duo filmed a segment for their ITV1 show Push The Button in the main arena, at the start of the four-day annual dog show event at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.

The "secret challenge" involved members of two competing families testing their dog handling skills in a timed agility exercise.

The competitors each led a dog around an obstacle course which included a number of jumps, a tunnel and a see-saw.

The presenters, who back competing families in the programme, will not find out the results of the challenge until it is aired on Saturday evening.

Cheering his team on from the side of the arena, Ant McPartlin joked: "I am proper nervous, I am going to start running around (the course) myself."

Declan Donnelly told the crowd he was impressed with the good behaviour of the dogs he had seen at the show, adding: "My girlfriend has got a dog, she's got a little dachshund. It's a cheeky little thing... very very disobedient."

Crufts, which is sponsored by furniture retailer DFS, will be screened on More4.


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