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​K9s on the scent of top dog honours

Issued: 13 September 2013
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K9 teams from law enforcement, emergency and military agencies will compete this weekend to be named Australia’s top dogs for searching, tracking, detection, obedience and agility.

Service dogs will prove their discipline by jumping through windows and over walls and crawling through tunnels as part of this weekend’s 2013 National Service Dog Trials at Kirkconnell Correctional Centre, near Bathurst.

Hosted by Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) and the Australian Service Dog Association (ASDA), up to 30 corrections, police, military and fire brigades dogs and their handlers are set to compete in the trials.

The K9 teams – including German Shepherds, Labradors, Springer Spaniels and Border Collies – will demonstrate their abilities to detect drugs and explosives, search buildings, vehicles and open fields, and to track offenders.

CSNSW Assistant Superintendent of Canine Management, Security Operations Group, Troy Seychelles said CSNSW is pleased to host the third national trials and has entered a strong field of nine K9s and their handlers.

"We are looking forward to having our highly skilled drug and offender detection K9 teams competing against the best in Australia," Mr Seychelles said.

"As well being in the running to win a prize, this will be a chance for entrants to demonstrate the professionalism and dedication of a variety of K9 teams to the safety and security of our prisons and communities and protection of our national security."

ASDA secretary Andrew Clark said, "This will be a show of discipline, agility and ability and the handlers who are best able to demonstrate K9-human teamwork will be awarded prizes in four different categories – making them national champions in that category".

Media are invited to attend the event tomorrow to view the K9 teams in operation. For security reasons, media representatives must provide their names and vehicle details to Corrective Services NSW by 6pm on Friday, 13 September 2013.

When: 11.30am to 12.30pm, Saturday, 14 September 2013.

Where: Kirkconnell Correctional Centre, Sunny Corner Rd, Yetholme, between Bathurst and Lithgow.