Dogs show off skills

DOGGY athleticism was put to the test at the Bendigo Obedience Club's annual jumping and agility trials at the weekend.

Entrants competed in novice, excellent and master levels, with the event comprising of 104 different classes. 

President Sandra Price said the event attracted entrants from across the state and was a success - with the weather turning it on for the occasion.

"It was awesome," she said. 

"We were so lucky with the weather - it was just lovely.

"Everyone really enjoyed themselves."

It is always interesting to have a new judge because they set the course slightly differently. - Sarah Crocker

Ms Price said the club held many trials throughout the year, with the most recent focusing on agility and jumping.

Agility trial secretary Sarah Crocker said the event attracted 152 entrants - a slight decrease on previous years. 

"This is partly because there was a national agility competition in Brisbane which only finished a fortnight ago," she said.  

"We had entrants from Gippsland, Echuca, Warrnambool and from club's in and around the Melbourne area.

"Everything went really well."

She said the event involved four judges, one of which was from Tasmania. 

"It is always interesting to have a new judge because they set the course slightly differently," she said. 

"It offers something new to everyone."

Ms Price said the club was not just about dog shows.

"We are more about responsible pet ownership and training puppies," she said. 

"Also, we have a focus on making sure the dogs are behaving themselves and teaching them these skills." 

For more information about the Bendigo Obedience Club visit, www.bendigoobedienceclub.com 

The club will hold an inter club fun trial in early August and an obedience and rally trial later in the same month. 

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