Owners prepare for Dutchfield Dog Survival challenge in Donnybrook

A FIVE kilometre obstacle course will test the survival skills of 150 dogs and their owners from Perth and around the South West in Donnybrook on October 19.

Now in its second year, Dutchfield Dog Survival 2014 will challenge the teamwork of human-canine partnerships with obstacles from last year as well as surprise new obstacles.

Some of the obstacles include climbing hay bales, climbing an A Frame, walking on a rope between two trees, crawling under camouflage nets and negotiating a labyrinth in the dark.   

Event organiser: Dutchfield Dog Training’s Becky Breedveld with canine companion Tess.

Event organiser: Dutchfield Dog Training’s Becky Breedveld with canine companion Tess.

“The obstacles are a test of your relationship with your dog – you have to trust each other,” organiser Becky Breedveld said.

“There are a lot of events for dogs, but something like this your dog doesn’t need any training for – it’s a fun day out.”

The event, which is the only one of its kind in Western Australia, sold out within ten days of registrations opening.

Spectators are welcome on the day, and dogs are allowed on a lead. The event will take place on Sunday October 19, starting at 10am, at VC Mitchell Park.

Volunteers are needed to mind the obstacles and to judge whether participants complete them. No experience is needed, and lunch and coffee will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering call Becky on 0423 931 120.

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