The Elkins Fish & Game Club hosted a working dog show at Springfield Recreation Field on Saturday July 17th. The event was part of the club’s educational program which aims to help children and adults discover and enjoy outdoor activities.
Several trainers were there to put their dogs to the test. Justin and Megan Wright brought their dog Benelli, a 9-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever, who participates in dockside diving and has traveled across the United States and Canada to participate.
Laura Campbell brought her dog on Tuesday, an 8-year-old Australian Shepherd, who demonstrated agility drills and Frisbee catching.
Jeff Swanson worked with his dog, Macy, a 5 year old yellow Labrador Retriever who won his Hunting Champion title and Senior Hunter title.
Wes and Belinda Reed, of Rise and Shine Retrievers, brought their dogs, Sunny, Tule and Bella, who did lots of recovery and obedience exercises. Rise and Shine Retrievers have supplied several dogs to New Hampshire Fish & Game, and Moxie, of “North Wood Law” fame, is one of their animals.
Working dogs are happy dogs and the event showcased the skill and enthusiasm of these animals in performing their duties. The owners spoke lovingly about their dogs and showed event attendees how hand signals and whistles are used to direct and control dogs. Children who attended were allowed to hide training dummies that the dogs searched for and returned.
The dogs are trained to perform many tasks and the animals present at the event are commonly used as hunting dogs, on farms to keep sheep, goats, ducks and livestock, as search and rescue dogs. and in the police. They say dogs are man’s best friend and it’s easy to see why when you watch these beautiful animals interact with their owners and complete their assigned tasks.
Information on future Elkins Fish & Game Club events can be found by following the club on Facebook or by visiting their website at elkinsfishandgame.net.