Britain’s Got Talent hopeful Tina Humphreys has admitted that her 12 year old dancing dog Chandi was a bit bewildered by the cheering audience on Tuesday night’s semi final sow.
Tina and Chandi wowed the judges with their routine and prompted Simon Cowell to declare “I love her!” (about the dog, not the owner). However Tina has since admitted that the experience was an exhausting one for poor old Chandi. She told The Daily Mail:
‘I would never do anything with Chandi that would jeopardise her well-being.
‘I am absolutely shattered and so is Chandi. The live show was an exhausting experience.
‘The pressure of live television and only getting one shot at making it right was a lot for us both to cope with. It was a big enough ordeal for me to cope with so it was even tougher for Chandi.
The audience went completely nuts. We have never heard so much noise.
‘Chandi just could not hear what I was trying to say to her. We loved the support but it was so loud, it was a bit over the top.’
An RSPCA expert added that it is important to give animals time to acclimatise to that level of noise and if they will be performing regularly, to regularly monitor their conditions and reactions to the environment.
He said: ‘With performing animals, it is important to make sure the animal has had time to acclimatise to the environment, where they might be exposed to bright lights and loud noises.
‘If an animal is being required to perform regularly, it is important to make sure it isn’t suffering in any way. Training animals to perform like this should be done in a certain way, which means not punishing it for making mistakes, but rewarding it for doing well.’
This could be something Tina needs to think about as whether or not she and Chandi win on Saturday night, we think the bookings will come flooding in once the show ends,