For three days, from September 27 to 29, Uzhgorod hosted competitions for shepherd dogs from all regions of Ukraine and from abroad. The “CLUB 4 PAWS” was the official partner of the First Open National Police International Multi-Discipline Championship of Dog Handlers.
Dogs of the National Police, the State Border Guard, the National Guard, the State Penitentiary Service and foreign law enforcement agencies competed in six dog-training disciplines: general training, spotting a person or an object, tracing work; they also surmounted obstacles and detained offenders.
The most popular breed among the quadrupeds in service was the German Shepherd. The competition showed, however, that Belgian Shepherds (Malinois) are being used ever more often. And for good reasons: they are more active, sturdier and have a stronger nervous system. The Belgians are especially skilled in the detaining fugitives.
The championship brought together 36 German and Belgian Shepherds. Geography-wise, the competition reached the international level having attracted contestants from Eastern Europe.
“Competing against quadruped colleagues from Europe encourages Ukrainian service dogs to improve their level. So the next time we can expect even better results. It develops skills of dogs from different security agencies, which will make their work more effective. It was good to note that participants from Luhansk and Donetsk areas attended too”, the championship organisers said.
The third place was won by the dog Fors with his instructor Serhiy Golovko from Zaporizhzhya Police.
The best among the Ukrainian participants was Lord, a service Shepherd from the National Guard of Ukraine. He and his handler Pavlo Maly from Lviv region won silver.
The victory was awarded to a police dog named Kim and his handler Patrick Tominka from the Czech Republic.
Training of a four-legged champion requires constant training, careful care and proper diet. That is why, prize winners in each of the disciplines and winners in the overall standing were not only awarded cups, merit certificates and medals, but also “CLUB 4 PAWS” ration stocks.
“This is a Ukrainian product of uncompromising quality. And we guarantee it. For example, the best police dog by the competition results was a Shepherd from Zaporizhzhya. He is in excellent shape. Dogs in the Zaporizhzhya Oblast Canine Centre have been fed “CLUB 4 PAWS” rations for about 8 years now. It is important for the whole country that our dogs are on a par with their European counterparts and in good health”, says Yuri Kovalyuk of the “CLUB 4 PAWS”.
In 2016, in Mukacheve, the Transcarpathian Police held a championship among Ukrainian service dogs. In the future, the organisers plan to hold international competitions annually.