Pro­tec­tion dog club hold­ing Lob­ster­fest

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

“We are ex­cited to wel­come com­peti­tors from all over the Mar­itimes. We wish ev­ery­one the ut­most suc­cess in at­tain­ing their ti­tle this week­end.” Iris Fluegge

The Prince Ed­ward Is­land Schutzhund Club (PEISC) is host­ing its an­nual “Lob­ster­fest” trial on Satur­day.

Up­wards of 13 han­dlers will be tri­al­ing with their dogs — from new­bies at­tempt­ing their ba­sic han­dling (BH) ti­tle, to the vet­eran han­dlers go­ing for IPO 3 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

In­cluded in the list of han­dlers is P.E.I.’s Raino Fluegge, who re­cently rep­re­sented Canada at the world cham­pi­onships in Aus­tria in June.

Fluegge and his dog, Wencke, placed sev­enth in the world.

“We are ex­cited to wel­come com­peti­tors from all over the Mar­itimes,” said Isis Fluegge, pres­i­dent of the PEISC.

“We wish ev­ery­one the ut­most suc­cess in at­tain­ing their ti­tle this week­end.”

Fluegge and her dog, Wynne vom Kieb­itzende, will also be at­tempt­ing their IPO 3.

The trial judge, Frank Mens­ing, a re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer from Lan­g­ley, B.C., will be over­see­ing the tri­als with ap­pren­tice judge Darin Clarke, of New Brunswick.

Satur­day night the par­tic­i­pants will en­joy a feed of north-side lob­sters do­nated by lo­cal fish­er­men from North Lake mak­ing PEISC’s Lob­ster­fest a much-an­tic­i­pated event through­out the re­gion.

Schutzhund, Ger­man for “pro­tec­tion dog’’, was de­vel­oped in Ger­many in the early 1900s as a breed suit­abil­ity test for the Ger­man shep­herd breed.

Orig­i­nally used to de­ter­mine if the dog dis­played the ap­pro­pri­ate traits and char­ac­ter­is­tics of a proper work­ing Ger­man shep­herd, but to­day it is used as a sport where many breeds other than Ger­man shep­herd dogs can com­pete.

World­wide, the sport has 1.5 mil­lion fol­low­ers.

The club wel­comes spec­ta­tors to come see the tri­als from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fields at 68 Miles Boul­ter Drive in Winsloe.

Lunch and drinks will be avail­able for pur­chase on site.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see the PEISC Face­book page (“Prince Ed­ward Is­land Sch­hutzhund Club”).

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