Dog show lives up to expectations

HARARE - The Kennel Club of Harare (KCH) dog jumping, agility and obedience championship attracted lots of entries during the just-ended two-day competition held at the KHC’s offices behind Harare Show Grounds.

The National Foods-bankrolled championship saw a total of 20 dogs take part in the agility and jumping competition going through three legs of difficulty spread across three grades namely; beginners, middle and championship grades while 18 registered for the obedience contest.

Grade A obedience test featured two dogs, Sky a poodle owned by Lyn Pozzo and Roxy a border collie owned by Ursula McKinlay.

They went through various routines such as heelwork, recall, retrieve and the scent discrimination test.

“The competition is open to all dogs registered or not which certifies that a dog has good manners and can walk around as a good member of the society and comes in three levels; gold, silver and bronze,” Kennel Club of Harare official Paolo Cernuschi told the Daily News.

“Towards the end of the year there are few dogs that are off either away or off on injuries...the numbers we had this time are at least slightly smaller but generally that’s the size we normally have.

“We will be looking at anyway between 30 and 40 entries across all disciplines in most shows. The biggest show that we had this year was in June where we actually combined the breed show and some canine good citizen and we had 85 dogs-  that’s the biggest we had in a very long time.”

Prominent South African female judge Claire Patterson Abrolat was tasked with ensuring the championships were free and fair.

She has been officiating in Zimbabwean local championships for a couple of years.

“We have got very few judges here in Zim. We have got two qualified obedience judges and four agility judges so we are a little bit short in numbers and we know each other very well so we do try to bring in different judges from South Africa,”  Cernuschi said.

“We set up different challenges, test different things basically just to get a different opinion. Interestingly I was in South Africa last weekend judging in two big competitions in Johannesburg, there’s quite a good exchange of judges and competitors between Zim and South Africa.”

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