Local pups compete for title of ‘Iron Dog’

October 7, 2018 by  

Colchester recently played host to a competition that tested strength, will, agility, and intelligence, but not of humans.

The 19th annual Iron Dog competition took place at Camp Kinya on September 29. Humans and canines worked together on a two-mile race filled with obstacles and setbacks. Over 150 teams of man and his best friend entered the 2018 edition of the competition.

Iron Dog got started in 1999 as a trial for police K-9 service dogs. Since then, the competition has been opened up to civilians, but still closely mimics the skills needed for K-9 work. Challenges that dogs and their handlers face on the course include scaling an eight-foot A-frame, rowing across a pond, and crawling through tubes. The humans do not get an easy time of it either, having to face tasks like swinging across monkey bars and carrying their dog across the finish line.

The competition is sponsored by K2 Solutions, a company that provides service dogs for various dangerous professions. Local events and competitions such as this, whether for humans or animals, frequently find participants and audience through the internet and flyer printing from local printing services.

All proceeds from the Iron Dog run went to the Vermont Police K-9 Association. It is not to be confused with the snowmobile race of the same name.