A YOUNG dog lover from Worcester spent a week of her summer holidays at a special summer camp.

Elise O’Connor and her faithful friends Harvey, Panda and Tiger took part in the Young Kennel Club summer camp at Forest Oak Farm near Lydney in Gloucestershire last month.

The 12-year-old Royal Grammar School pupil was one of 68 dog-loving youngsters aged between six and 15 who trained their pets in a range of disciplines including handling, agility, flyball and obedience.

Elise started taking part in dog activities a few years ago after visiting dog activities with her mum.

“It was my first time at the camp and I really enjoyed learning with my dogs and making some new friends,” she said.

Chairman of the Young Kennel Club Gerald King said: “The annual camp is an important event in the development of young people.

“Not only is it run by senior YKC members as part of their learning, it encourages attendees to try different canine activities.

“The key is to enable everyone to work as a team and develop their skills and build self-confidence.

“With eight million dogs in the UK it is the Kennel Club’s mission to encourage young people to develop a sense of responsibility in dog ownership from a young age.”