Agility course opened

2-year-old border collie Scout puts the new agility course through its paces.

Cambridge dogs were quick to put their mark on a new agility course installed by Council in Leamington last week.

Already a dozen or so dogs could be seen playing around the course on Friday morning, with a few more experienced agility runners weaving and diving through the eight different obstacles.

“This is just great,” said Carolyn Drabble, watching her 2-year-old border collie Scout have a go. “It gives them a bit of focus.”

Dog behaviour expert Hamish Young said the course would be a great asset for dogs in Cambridge.

“All dogs need jobs, they love to work, and agility is one of many ways dogs can fulfil that instinctual nature to work. And it exercises their brain too, which is even better.”

The course is free to use, located in the dog park on the corner of Wordsworth and Carlyle Streets.

The equipment was made from recycled plastic at a cost of $13,000, largely funded through dog registration fees.

Council’s environmental services team leader Karl Tutty said they jumped at the chance to install the new equipment.

“We have more dogs in Waipā than ever before and we’re committed to providing go-to destinations for dogs and their owners in our communities.”

An identical course was installed at Te Awamutu in January.

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