Meet: YuMOVE Agility Ambassador Ashleigh Butler
We’re delighted to introduce international agility champion and dog trainer, Ashleigh Butler, as our newest YuMOVE Ambassador.
You may recognise Ashleigh as former 2012 Britain’s Got Talent winner – along with her dog, Pudsey. Since then, Ashleigh and Pudsey went on to feature in various TV shows, and even starred in their own movie. Sadly, Pudsey passed away in 2017. But Ashleigh is now working with her other dog, Sully. Together, Ashleigh and Sully are international agility champions, including winning various competitions at Crufts in 2018, 2019 and 2022.
Why Ashleigh chose to be a YuMOVE Ambassador
“YuMOVE has been part of my agility career for a while now. It was definitely the first joint supplement for dogs that I had ever heard of. It was in the last period of [Pudsey’s] career when I heard about canine joint supplements. And I’ve been using YuMOVE for my dogs ever since.”
What makes YuMOVE so special?
“I can always tell if I've forgotten to take YuMOVE with me. I definitely see a difference in my dog. I probably know my dog's body better than my own because I have to. I need to know when they're fit, when they're not fit, and what's wrong with them. For me, it’s easy to see that difference in them. And that's definitely something that I see with YuMOVE.”
Why would you recommend introducing a joint supplement?
“I want the absolute best for my dogs. Sully is nine and he's not showing any signs whatsoever of slowing down. I'm a strong believer in my dogs being able to continue training for as long as possible, and anything that I can give them to help them do that, I want to be using that. YuMOVE is absolutely the best for them.”
When did you first get into dog agility and training?
“I started training dogs when I was about five years old. My mum really got me into the world of dog training. She started when she was a teenager, and I was just thrown into it. It was predominantly agility training to start with and then I was part of the Young Kennel Club. That was a great platform for me to try out different disciplines like obedience and heelwork to music.”
How would you describe the dog agility community as a whole?
“It’s one of those communities where everyone knows everyone. It's like a big family.”
What advice would you give to anyone that's interested in entering the agility world?
“First of all, go to lots of different locations. A training environment and a show environment are two very different things. Sometimes dogs struggle when you train in one place and then all of a sudden, they're at a show environment where you can’t give them rewards – like treats and toys – and it can have a major effect on the dog. It makes a really big difference.”
“Also, for people who have never competed before, don’t have high expectations. At the end of the day, dogs have a mind of their own. So just have fun! Yes, it will go wrong, but still enjoy it anyway. And don't give up because it will get better and easier the more you do it.”
What advice would you give to new dog owners training their dogs?
“Firstly, go to obedience or puppy classes. I still do that with my dogs now. It helps them socialise with other dogs, and it helps them to focus on you even in busy environments. Secondly, try crate training. It’s the best thing for you and your dog. It teaches boundaries, and it gives them a safe space – especially important if your dog is anxious or scared of things like fireworks.”
Our agility history
Supporting canine athletes has always been a top priority for us at YuMOVE. We help more than 1.7 million dogs each year to stay active. What’s more, over the last 15 years, many Crufts competitors and winners have all been powered by YuMOVE. And we’re now the official sponsors of British Agility, and are working closely with agility dogs and canine athletes across the country.
From the very beginning, YuMOVE was created with canine athletes in mind. From jumping to weaving, we developed our dog joint supplements to support their movements through the course. Because of this, we ensure that our joint supplements are clinically proven to support and maintain joint health and mobility.*
How YuMOVE supports agility dogs
At YuMOVE, we understand the type of high-level activities agility dogs perform – like twisting, jumping and running at high speeds. We also know that these movements place additional strain on their joints. That’s where our joint supplements come in.
They’re enriched with a whole host of incredible ingredients to support overall joint health, so your agility dog can continue to do what they love for as long as possible. Let’s take a closer look at our incredible ingredients:
- ActivEase® Green Lipped Mussel provides a concentrated source of Omega-3 fatty acids to support your dog’s own anti-inflammatory action and help soothe stiff joints after exercise.
- Glucosamine, N-Acetyl-D-Glucosamine and Chondroitin are all found naturally within Green Lipped Mussel, and they help replenish joint tissues in active dogs.
- Manganese supports collagen formation in the cartilage, tendons and ligaments, and boosts joint strength.
- Antioxidants Vitamins C & E help to neutralise free radicals produced during intense exercise.
- Our unique form of Hyaluronic Acid has been proven to reach your pet’s joints in just two hours when taken orally.** It helps lubricate and cushion the joints – particularly important in active dogs.
Whether used preventatively in young dogs just starting out in agility, or reactively in older and more experienced agility dogs who may require additional support, we’ve got you covered.
Wondering which YuMOVE product will work best for your dog? Get in touch with our friendly Customer Care Team via phone or email. They love nothing more than talking everything dog!
* Study conducted by the Royal Veterinary College. Data on file.
** Balogh et al., 2008.