Top dogs com­pet­ing in cap­i­tal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY - STU­DENTS

The Cana­dian Ger­man Shep­herd Dog Cham­pi­onships will be held on Prince Ed­ward Is­land for the first time in its 35-year history.

The event will be hosted from July 30 to Aug. 2 by the East Re­gion Schutzhund Clubs with sup­port from the City of Char­lot­te­town’s sport tourism ini­tia­tive, SCORE!, and the Char­lot­te­town Spe­cial Events Re­serve Fund (SERF).

The event has been held an­nu­ally since 1979, mov­ing across the coun­try on a five-year cy­cle. Each year, the cham­pi­onships at­tract about 130 ca­nine en­tries and han­dlers, but the event has also amassed a loyal fol­low­ing of spec­ta­tors who at­tend whether or not they have a dog en­tered in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The sport dogs in the cham­pi­onships have all qual­i­fied by ob­tain­ing In­ter­na­tional Work­ing Dog ti­tles, which in­clude track­ing, obe­di­ence and pro­tec­tion. Many of the world’s ser­vice dogs — po­lice, mil­i­tary, bor­der pa­trol, search and res­cue — come from dogs that have earned the IPO work­ing dog ti­tle, which is the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized breed stan­dard for Ger­man Shep­herd dogs.

The 2015 event will be held at the Prince Ed­ward Is­land Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion train­ing fa­cil­ity at 68 Miles Boulter Drive in Char­lot­te­town-Mil­ton­vale Park. It is open to the public at no cost.

The na­tional cham­pi­onships are the fi­nal qual­i­fier for Team Canada. The top five el­i­gi­ble han­dler-dog teams from this event will go on to rep­re­sent Canada at the World Cham­pi­onships be­ing held is Lahti, Fin­land in Septem­ber.

For more in­for­ma­tion, http://gsscc2015.com/.

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