SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — They say a dog is a man’s best friend and Saturday Springfield police showed they make a pretty good coworker too. Dogs from throughout the state competed head to head in Springfield’s annual police dog competition.
The dogs competed in five different categories focusing on speed, agility, and the dogs sense of smell. The K-9 teams completed an obstacle course, had to find a man hiding in a wooden box, and ran to apprehend a criminal.
It’s the 18th year the Springfield Police Department held the competition and it drew dogs from not only Springfield, but police dogs from throughout the state.
All four of Springfield’s police dogs competed this year. For officer, this competition is a way for people to see the gentle side of these animals. “Everyone only thinks of a police dog as kind of scary and mean and that’s not the case. They love what they do, they’re having fun. It’s a game to them and the competition’s kind of their Superbowl of games for the dogs.
In between events, a drug detecting dog from Corvallis showed off her skills of detecting narcotics. She’s a shelter dog that the police department adopted and trained.
Kids in the crowd cheered on their favorite dogs throughout the entire competition.