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Police dog competition

Some of the best and brightest dogs in the country will be in Kelowna next month to take part in the Canadian Police Canine Association’s annual competition.

The three-day event featuring trials and seminars, and will culminate in a public display of agility drills, obedience, and criminal apprehension as canine teams from across Canada vie for the title of "Top Dog". 

All dogs entered in the event have already passed their certification and this will instead be a friendly competition for bragging rights between dog handlers and their respective agencies.

"The skills being tested are those which teams use daily in support of policing operations for their respective agencies," says Kris Clark of the Kelowna RCMP.

"(They) include categories such as tracking, compound search, building search, evidence search, obedience, agility, specialty search (drugs or explosives materials), and sure to be a crowd favourite -- criminal apprehension."

The event goes from Sept. 10-14, and is open to the public at the Apple Bowl on the final day of competition. Activities will get started at approximately 8:30 a.m. and there is no admission fee.

All proceeds from the event will to go BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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