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This is the Blog Page on the Northern Beaches Pet photography web site ,www.theotherbriansmith.com. Posts are pet related.  This web site is in Sydney, Australia and caters pet photography on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and surrounds

Scotland Island to Church Point Dog Race

On Christmas Eve each year, since 1974 or even earlier, a dog swimming race takes place across the bay from Scotland Island to Church Point Wharf. The distance is approx. 600 mts on flat water.

dog race-northern beaches pet photographer

Adding to the excitement of the 2016 event, a thunder storm passed over, just as the race finished. However this did not deter the hundreds of spectators who turned out to watch this Christmas Eve ritual.

All the dogs entered swim next to or nearby their owners, who paddle on surfboards, swim or paddle in canoes or similar next to their dog. Some dogs on leash, most not.  Should the dogs need a rest the handlers are close by. There are different divisions for large, medium and small dogs. Entry is via a can of dog food or bottle of beer, as you may well see its all very ' Low Key ' with Fun the main attraction.

 Below is a great short YouTube video of this years race,  

 Credit for the video, creator "pittwaterpathways"

Being Christmas Eve there is a genuine happy and relaxed atmosphere amougst the hundres of spectators and competitors.

This years overall winner was Hugo the dog with Ed his owner. They were both from Melbourne , and staying on the Northern Beaches visiting family during Christmas.  No rule says you need to be a local to enter!

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2016 Winners

A great local event, still mages by  Northern Beaches Pet Photography.  

 

Agility...A great dog sport

Golden Retriever negotiates "Weaving Poles"at speed.

Golden Retriever negotiates "Weaving Poles"at speed.

Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler cannot touch either the dog nor any of the obstacles.

Points are deducted for missed obstacles and excess time taken over a set standard. Obstacles include "Weaving Poles", as shown above, "Jumps" over hurdles ,through hoops, and broad jumps. There are also "Tunnels", "Ramps" and "See-Saws" to negotiate.

On the Northern Beaches of Sydney there are Dog Training Clubs which offer training and competition for this and other dog sports.

On the Resources page of this site there are links to these Clubs which cater for Agility. It is great fun for both handler and dog, and a good way to improve your fitness. 

Below is a 3min 50s YouTube video showing all breed of dogs competing in an Agility competition in USA.