Jul 4, 2006, 6:19 PM
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New Straits Time, June 19, 2006 on Malaysia Dog Olympic Day
Big crowd at Dog Olympics
NST, 19 June 2006
KUALA LUMPUR: A massive black German Shepherd looks up at his owner, waiting for his commands.
Dog handler and breeder Peter Kong says “go!” and Don races to an “attacker”, who has a stick in his hand, and grabs him by the sleeve.
Although Don looks as if he could easily rip the attacker’s arm off with his powerful jaws, the dog just holds on to the man’s sleeve, waiting for the next command.
Only a highly-trained dog with such discipline and skills can win in the newest dog sport to hit the country — the Schutzhund competition.
Literally translated from German, it means “protection dog”, but the sport revolves around the intimate bond between trainer and animal.
The Schutzhund competition made its debut in Malaysia yesterday at the inaugural Malaysia Dog Olympics Day at the Central Park, Bandar Utama.
The event, attended by over 1,000 dog lovers and pets of every size and breed, was organised by dog-lover portal puppy.com.my and sponsored by Purina Petcare (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.
Kong and Don won in the obedience category in the competition.
Phumphithak Phensrinuk, the Thai judge for the competition, said dogs of this calibre were very hard to train as they were physically and mentally strong.
An agility competition and other games for dogs and their owners were also held throughout the day.
The park was overrun with beagles, chihuahuas, golden retrievers and cocker spaniels, but some less common dogs such as the Siberian husky also made an appearance.
It was a day for canines indeed as many stalls had been set up around the park, selling various toys and treats for dogs.
It may have been the Dog Olympics, but World Cup fever was apparent even there as some of the smaller dogs sported custom-made football jerseys.
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