Fort Dodge Kennel Club Holds Annual Dog Show | News, Sports, Jobs
The Webster County Fairgrounds were overrun with dogs over the weekend as the Fort Dodge Kennel Club held their annual All Breed Dog Show.
More than 450 dogs and their handlers came from across the country – some even as far as Canada – to participate in the two-day dog show.
Justus Reichart, of Aurelia, was the show chairman of the Fort Dodge Kennel Club, and said attendance at this year’s event was even greater than in 2019, a promising result after having to cancel the show from 2020 due to COVID-19.
Much of the event is the obedience and rally events, said Reichart.
“This is a course to show how well you and your dog work as a team” she said. “We have utilitarian obedience, which is really good.”
With utilitarian obedience, the handler stands 10 to 20 feet from the dog, giving commands. Dogs do what is called “Command discrimination” an exercise where the dog performs the sitting, standing and lying positions in different sequences and at a distance from his master.
“It’s a very fun sport” Reichart said. “It’s a lot of bonding with your dog because you have to have a real bond with your dog to go somewhere you’ve never been before and get a bunch of exercise.”
The dog show has several different levels of competition, ranging from several junior classes for young people, to different breed classes and other divisions.
The winners of the different judging categories received ribbons and rosettes.
The Fort Dodge Kennel Club looks forward to hosting its annual dog show again next June, said Reichart.