A WILLAND woman and her canine companion are set to perform at the world's biggest dog show next week.

Mary Ann Wester and her miniature poodle, Twizzle will be dancing at Crufts, held at the NEC in Birmingham on March 3-5.

Mary Ann lives in Willand and is the author of both agility and heelwork to music dog training books - and Twizzle is a seven-year-old miniature poodle who loves strutting his stuff for an audience.

Together, they will be show casing their talents for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers who are celebrating their twentieth anniversary of promoting kind, fair and effective dog training.

Mary Ann said: “Twizzle is a born performer and always gives one hundred per cent.

“He is such fun to teach and we can't wait to show how difficult tricks can be simple and easy to teach.”

Team Twizzle is looking forward to showing the Crufts crowds how to teach spins, circles and leg weaves as well as encouraging the public to talk about their own training challenges.

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers was founded in 1995 by John Fisher to offer pet dog owners a guarantee of quality when looking for a puppy and dog training class in their area.

Training dogs has changed a great deal in the last few years and it is no longer necessary or acceptable to use harsh methods.

Mary Ann and Twizzle will be demonstrating how gentle, motivational training methods are fun and enjoyable to use when teaching your pet to perform a trick like wave a paw or walk backwards.