Lake Farmpark to host Working Dog Weekend in April

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BURTON, Ohio – Lake Metroparks will sponsor the Working Dog Weekend at Lake Farmpark April 27-28. The weekend will feature a variety of demonstrations showcasing working dogs and their owners.

What is it? Working Dog Weekend gives visitors a first-hand look at how canines have been helping people in jobs including law enforcement, herding, hunting, therapy, and daily living.

Dogs help in law enforcement through use of their skills in tracking, suspect apprehension, and drug detection.

Lake Metroparks ranger Bob Urban and his Coonhound, Tory, will demonstrate searching and tracking techniques. Urban will be available at different times during the weekend to answer questions, and to provide an opportunity for visitors to meet Tory.

The Geauga County Sheriff’s Department will demonstrate the methods that their K-9 units use in suspect apprehensions.

Demonstrations. There will be demonstrations of obstacle course running throughout the weekend. Rockwood Dog Training Center will answer questions on how to get your dog started in this challenging activity.

The Heel’n Time Drill Team will also entertain with a musical obedience performance. Obedient dogs can be champions both in the show ring and at home. There will be an opportunity to meet an obedience trainer to get more information.

Due to the nature of this event and the facility, only dogs registered to participate in Working Dog Weekend will be permitted into Lake Farmpark.

More activities. Visitors may also experience the many regular activities presented at Lake Farmpark. These include cow milking, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice cream making, meeting baby farm animals in our Well Bred Shed in the Arena, and exploring The Great Tomato Works and hydroponics displays in the Plant Science Center.

Working Dog Weekend will be presented 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Working Dog Weekend call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276, or visit www.lakemetroparks.com.

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