A Tauranga police dog can be proud of his offspring after competing against four of his pups in the annual New Zealand Dog Championships in Trentham.
Tauranga Senior Constable Kayne Cording and Yoda were one of 12 teams at the annual championships, along with Yoda’s four offspring - Issac, Ike, Lore and Link.
Tauranga police dog team – Senior Constable Kayne Cording and Yoda.
Kayne and Yoda finished in fourth place, while Yoda’s offspring including Whakatane police dog team Isacc and Constable Jamie Kerr won second place, and the Commissioner’s Challenge Cup for Obedience.
Yoda’s other pup Ike took out third place with Constable Andrew Douglas from Wellington.
Other Wellington based team Constable Stuart Rota and Link came fifth, with Yoda’s other pup Lore was ninth with Senior Constable Craig Loot from Auckland.
Tasman Police District dog handler Constable Julian Lewis and his dog Saegar won the national patrol dog title.
Inspector Gibson says it is excellent to see the success of the police dog breeding programme reflected in 11 of the 12 patrol dogs competing for national honours all bred by police.
As well as collecting the Frank Riley Cup for National Patrol Dog Champion team, the winning team also claimed the Dazuhalten Cup; the Keop Family Trophy; the Colin Guppy Trophy for tracking; the Monaghan Trophy and Bev Laybourn-Monaghan Memorial Cup for highest marks in heelwork; and the William Rose Bowl for criminal work disciplines.
Two other categories of competition featured narcotic and explosive detector teams comprising Police, Customs, Corrections and Aviation Security handlers.
Senior Constable Ross Clarke and Archie from Auckland won the Narcotic Detector Championship title and the Maidstone Auto Point Trophy for highest marks in locating white powders.