City park is going to the dogs

Parksville's Community Park will set tails a-wagging as terriers compete for bragging rights

Dogs of all breeds — but particularly terriers — will enjoy themselves at the training session.

Community Park in Parksville is going to showcase a maze of tunnels this weekend — and the dogs that can guide the way through it.

The tunnels will be put in place by members of the Vancouver Island Jack Russell Terrier Club, who will be hosting what they call a Go-to-Ground session on Sunday.

This event is a favourite for most terriers and utilizes a maze made up of scented wooden tunnels. At the end, a grill separates the dog from the protected quarry.

The dogs must navigate to the quarry using their nose. Each dog is individually timed. The dog having the shortest time navigating to the end and staying focused on the quarry at the end for a minimum of one minute is given the highest mark. Points are deducted if the dog leaves the quarry.

Go-to-Ground is ideal for Yorkshire Terriers, Border Terriers, Terrier Cross breeds, Jack Russell Terriers, Dachshunds, Papillions and similar size hunting breeds

A lure course will also be available as fun for all dog breeds regardless of size and there will also be a swap meet.

For more information visit the club website at


— Submitted by VIJRTC



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