Hoops and hounds for dog demonstration

Dogs will be put through their paces at the Kowhai Festival Huge Day Out.

Around eight woofers will be put to the test at the Kowhai Festival Huge Day Out when they bound their way through an agility course.

The Warkworth and Districts Dog Training Club, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, will run the dog demonstration for the first time.

This demos will take place on Baxter Street near the skate ramp at 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am with each run lasting about 20 minutes.

Club president Gary Martin says the activity will essentially be an obstacle course for dogs with a relay element involved.

“We have a couple of dogs that are strong competitors and participate in events across the country,” Gary says.

Children will also be able to give the course a go after the dogs have completed it.

The club was originally set up to help new dog owners train their pet and practice for competitions.

Around 100 people go through the training programme each year and the club has 30 financial members.

“We are a small club that has a large range of dogs, from small mix breeds to large pure breeds.”

As well as the obstacle course, the club will be managing an area where people can take their dogs for shade and water.

“We will have club members there all day so people can get advice about training their dog,” Gary says.

The club has monthly meetings at the Warkworth Showgrounds and is open to new members.

Info: wwdogclub@gmail.com


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