Hyderabad Canine Club organises Dog Sports Show
The Wesley College Grounds on Sunday was packed to the brim with dog lovers and canines of all shapes and sizes.
More than the competition, it was the camaraderie among the dog enthusiasts, which was evident and was all pervading in the Dog Sports Show organised by Hyderabad Canine Club.
Notes were exchanged, suggestions given and words of caution on ways to handle dogs were discussed.
Expert dog handlers were literally mobbed by dog enthusiasts.
“Such a program gives us opportunities to interact with expert dog trainers. This is the best place to get constructive suggestions on ways to raise the perfect dog,” says Rajesh Jain, a dog lover.
Among the competitions, dog and owner ‘lookalike' competition stole the show. Children tried their best to look similar to their pet dogs. A young girl Sirisha won the top prize for dressing similar to her pet Great Dane or German Mastiff, replete with the dog's coat colour of fawn.
A 14-year-old boy Rohit was fully dressed like a Dalmatian and a girl Sirisha imitated the typical gait of her pet Cocker Spaniel.
“This is the first time that so many children have participated in the dog show. The aim of such dog shows is to bring children close to animals,” said T. Subhash Babu of the Hyderabad Canine Club.
Over 650 school students drawn from 25 schools in the twin cities and Ranga Reddy district turned up for the dog sports show. The show featured close to 2,000 participants and 200 dogs from 30 breeds, the organisers said.
Apart from dog tricks like jumping hurdles, climbing, sliding and jumping through loops, the flyball event attracted a lot of attention from the dog lovers.
In flyball, teams of dogs raced against each other over a line of hurdles to catch a tennis ball and then back to their handlers while carrying the ball. Apart from dog sport, inter-school quiz competition on topics related to dogs was also organised.