Dog-owners bring the best breeds to Hyderabad Canine Club's two-day event
60 children showed their skills in handling dogs in the Junior Handling event500 dogs belonging to 40 varied breeds to be present on Sunday
HYDERABAD: For a change it was not the trainees but the trainers who were on test. They waited with bated breath and watched every move made by their products. A cheer would go up at the right moves and a sullen expression will wash over them whenever they falter.
Yes, it was not the man's best friend but the man himself who was under microscope at the Pedigree HyCan'06 Obedience and special events show here on Saturday. The two-day event organised by the Hyderabad Canine Club at People's Plaza invited good response.
The Obedience trial drew nearly 50 entries from Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring States. Labradors, Retrievers, Dobermans and other breeds stole the hearts by showing their compliance skills in various categories - sit and stay, heel, retrieve and scenting. The handler would merely give a command and how the dog responded mattered. The show was judged by Leela Ratnam, International judge from Chennai.
"Obedience is the key to get the best out of a dog. The job done by trained dogs during the earthquake in Maharashtra, Gujarat and the avalanche in Kashmir is well known", said T. Subhash Babu, president, Hyderabad Canine Club.
There was also a Junior Handler competition wherein 60 children showed their skills in handling dogs.
It was the art of showing dogs that was judged. There was also a demonstration of special skills by the dogs trained by Commando Kennels, Hyderabad. Other events included `agility', arms and explosive search by the trained dogs. The evening ended with the dogs shaking a leg to popular tunes.
On Sunday nearly 500 dogs representing 40 different breeds will be on display. Some rare breeds like Schnauzer, Welsh Corgi Pembroke, Maltese are expected to make their presence .