Britain’s Got Talent star on training dogs for Bridgerton, TV fame and golden advice


Since appearing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2016, Lucy Heath and her talented pup Trip Hazard have achieved incredible things.

From appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show to starring in crime series Pennyworth to training dogs for Bridgerton, the canine duo have been through it all.

Sharing her career highlights, Lucy told The Mirror: “It really is my dream job. I’m not rich from it, but I can make a living doing what I love and feel good about it. There’s nothing else I can do, I’d rather do it.”

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Lucy and Trip impressed the BGT judges in 2016

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She lives her dream training dogs

The 36-year-old discovered her love for dogs at a young age after seeing Mary Ray’s spectacular dance show at Crufts.

Lucy said: “It was the most magical thing I had ever seen. I was obsessed. It could make me cry and I always dreamed of bonding with such a dog.

“When I got my first dog, I started watching YouTube tutorials to learn tips and tricks.”

When Lucy was 21, she got the Shetland Sheepdog Ash and started working with a local dog training company in Birmingham, doing small shows.

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Lucy trained six Pomeranians for the role in Netflix’s Bridgerton

In 2012, Lucy rose to fame after winning ITV show That Dog Can Dance with her border collie, Indie.

The TV show launched her entire career and she was later scouted for Britain’s Got Talent in 2016.

“Britain’s Got Talent was one of the proudest moments of my life,” said Lucy.

Also up there is first place at Crufts with Indie, which Lucy says was a “magical” moment.

Now Lucy and her partner Ross have named a total of eight dogs including Collie Foxy, nine, Pomeranian Cross Trip Hazard, six, Pomeranian Cross Dizzy, six, Collie Strike, three, Collie Tempo, one, and their newest puppy in existence will.

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She admits her one-year-old son is the real troublemaker

“A lot of people think my house must be crazy, but the dogs are super easy – my 18-month-old son isn’t!” Lucy giggled.

In 2019, Lucy got a behind-the-scenes look at Netflix’s Bridgerton when she was tasked with training six Pomeranians to play Queen Charlotte’s pets.

“I borrowed the dogs from Trip’s and Dizzy’s breeders, all six were purebred Pomeranians,” said Lucy.

“I didn’t have to teach them any tricks, it was all about sitting still and staying on set.”

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They perform and help around the house

The dogs have starred in commercials, shows and series

Lucy has also trained cats for The Electrical Life of Louis Wain in 2021 and found fame with her Collie Strike on ITV’s The Secret Life of Our Pets.

And her TV fame doesn’t stop there – Trip has been in a John Lewis Christmas commercial, starred in Pennyworth and Ted Lasso, and even appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show.

Lucy has also taught her puppies to help around the house when they are not on duty.

“Trip can put things in the trash can, put away toys, and get me items. He even learned how to paint a canvas,” she said.

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She goes to Crufts every year

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And loves performing at DogFest with Trip

“We’re always up for something new. I especially love performing at events and working with my own dogs,” said Lucy.

From Crufts to DogFest and All About Dogs you’ll find Lucy and The Trickstars at every major dog event in the UK.

Although fans not only enjoy seeing her in person, she has also become a star on social media.

Lucy’s TikTok account The Trickstars has more than 30.4 million likes and 1.7 million followers.

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Lucy’s top tip is to take your dog to a positive reinforcement class

“We had absolutely nothing to do in lockdown so my partner Ross and I started doing daily dance challenges, then we did dog versions,” said Lucy.

“Our first few videos went viral very quickly. It kept us all amused during lockdown.”

Lucy documents her favorite tricks at home with her canine family and shares tips for other aspiring trainers on TikTok.

“My number one training tip is to always take your dog to some positive reinforcement training,” she said.

Lucy spoke about her plans for the future, adding: “I’m excited to see where the wind takes me. One day I would love to do Britain’s Got Talent again, but with multiple dogs.”

Maybe we’ll see Lucy and Trip back on our screens soon.

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