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September 29, 2011
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JUMPING through a hoop, swimming
in muddy water and crawling under
a net is hard enough for any dog, but
35 entrants at a recent canine biathlon
had to do it with their handlers.
The annual Australian Service Dog
Association (ASDA) seminar, which
included the Police and Service Canine
Association Queensland (PASCAQ)
biathlon, was conducted at RAAF Base
Amberley on September 1 and 2.
Entrants included Air Force, Army,
Customs, NSW, Northern Territory
and Queensland State Police,
Corrective Services, and Australian
Federal Police. Four handlers from
RAAF Base Williamtown attended.
Military Working Dog Handler
(MWDH) SGT Tricia Reynolds, who
attended with 7½-year-old German
Shepherd Duke, said: "During the
seminars we discussed scent and agita-
tion work and man trail/tracking tech-
niques from the Queensland police."
The biathlon course, which was
run over 3km, included man-made
and natural obstacles.
SGT Reynolds and Duke won
the ADF Challenge, while MWDH
FSGT Dave Towerton and his juve-
nile dog Fortune won the handicap
"There were two cam nets pegged
to the ground and you had to take
your dog and crawl under them
(one was in a muddy swamp)," SGT
"As you can imagine, it's hard
enough to do it by yourself, let alone
with a dog running after you."
FSGT Towerton said he was very
pleased with Fortune's efforts.
It's a dog-meet-
dog world, eh?
A-PAWS PLEASE: SGT Tricia Reynolds, right
of front row, and FSGT Dave Towerton, middle
of the back row, were among the winners at
the K9 Cross Country Biathlon at RAAF Base
Amberley. Left, LAC Bevan Case competes with
his dog Mace. Aside from competition, the day
was also an opportunity for handlers to discuss
training methodologies and to problem-solve
Photos: LAC Benjamin Evans
A PAWS PLEASE: SGT Tricia Reynolds right
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