The Wakatipu Dog Agility Club. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Whether their four-legged friends are big or small, short- or
long-haired, dog owners and their pets alike enjoy the
mental, social and physical aspects of the Wakatipu Dog
The club was formed four years ago and now, after "a lot of
sausage sizzles" and a grant from the Community Trust of
Southland, members have a communal shed in which to store
Immediate past president and founding member Juli Stickler
said the club was "in a really good place" at present, with
about 10 members and their dogs congregating at Jardine Park
in Kelvin Heights every Saturday morning.
"We were pretty sketchy for a while; now we have a really
good core membership."
The shed was important as, previously, equipment had been
stored at a member's workplace.
It took two years to raise the money to build the shed. "We
have gone from being reliant on one member to being totally
independent. It's how a club should be - accessible to
Although some members travelled out of the district to
compete, for others it was an opportunity to exercise their
dog and have it socialise with other dogs, while themselves
being around like-minded people.
The obstacle course consists of a series of jumps, hoops and
tunnels and dog owners must convince their dog to follow
their instructions as quickly and accurately as possible.
While it is the dog which jumps through hoops, Mrs Stickler
said "you have to be quick on your feet. Otherwise, you can't
keep up with your dog."
"It's also nice bonding for the dog and the owner."
For information on the club, visit www.wdac.org.nz