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Gap Dog Stig and Owner Eleanor to star on BBC

Craig Manning c/o Wirral Globe

Wirral schoolgirl to teach dog new tricks in BBC programme

A WIRRAL schoolgirl will teach her dog some new tricks as one of the stars of a BBC children's television programme.

Eleanor Duckers, aged 10, from Meols will appear in Who Let the Dogs Out? with her pet The Stig.

Eleanor will be shown teaching the 18-month-old Lurcher a range of new tricks such as skateboarding!

The programme is being produced for the BBC by renowned American dog trainer, Zak George, who has shows on the American TV channel, Animal Planet.

Zak's aim is to demonstrate the strong bond that children have with their dog and to showcase his well-publicised promise to 'teach any dog, any trick.'

Eleanor was one of 500 applicants to the show and after two auditions, was over the moon to have secured a place, along with 35 other children and their canine friends.

Eleanor said: "I love going to dog training classes with The Stig and I'm really excited about the filming."

Eleanor has been attending weekly obedience classes with The Stig for the past six months at Moreton Dog Training where the two of them have forged a very special bond.

Head trainer, Cecile Jones said: "When Eleanor first showed up, I was reluctant to take her on because of her age but she and The Stig have really proved themselves.

"They have moved up a class and we’re hoping that one day she'll make it all the way to Crufts!"

Moreton Dog Training run obedience classes every Saturday at the Community Centre in Maryland Lane, Moreton.

The dynamic duo has just started flyball and is hoping to start agility training in April.

The Stig is named after the famous BBC Top Gear character, because of his speed.

Eleanor has been dog-mad since she was a baby and The Stig joined their household in November 2009, just before her ninth birthday.

The Stig was from Greyhound Gap, a charity that specialising in re-homing greyhounds and lurchers.

With a gentle and compliant nature, Eleanor describes the breed as "One hundred mile an hour couch potatoes", needing only short bursts of exercise and making perfect pets.

Filming is due to start in early May at Arley Hall near Northwich, Cheshire and the programme will be broadcast on the CBBC channel later this year.