Age is no barrier for this police K-9

From today’s Canton Repository (my local newspaper):  Stark County is hosting the annual Police & Firefighters’ Games.  While most of the events center on the officers themselves, such as track & field, tennis, and other athletic pursuits, there is a K-9 event for officers and their 4-legged partners.

What I found interesting is that the dogs finished the course in reverse order of their ages.  The 1-1/2 year old dog finished in a touch over 4 minutes, the next dog finished in just over 3 minutes, while the gold medal was won by a 10-year old dog from Columbus, in a time of 2 minutes, 18 seconds.

The dogs had to climb through, over, and under several obstacles and stay under the control of their handlers in spite of gunshots near them.  The winning dog, Robbie, was the only dog to compete off-leash, and the only dog who even attempted some of the obstacles.

It’s not nearly as fast-paced as  a regular dog-agility competition, but then I don’t see anyone firing a gun at most agility contests either.

See a short video here.  Story here.

There was to be a 2nd event today on suspect apprehension, so I’ll update you on that in tomorrow’s post.

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

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