Ben and Murk fourth in contest

Three days of fierce competition at the NZ Police Dog Training Centre

Three days of fierce competition at the NZ Police Dog Training Centre

GISBORNE police dog team Constable Ben Whitley and his four-year-old workmate Murk were fourth at the national police patrol and detector dog championships in Wellington yesterday.

The top dozen police dog teams from around the country competed in three days of fierce competition at the NZ Police Dog Training Centre.

The competition involved a range of activities to test the unique skills of dogs and their handlers.

Tauranga dog team Mario, Murk’s brother, and handler Senior Constable Mark Chapman, won the championship.

“Everything you did had to be perfect. We know what is coming up because they tell you, but everything has to be done perfectly.”

Whangarei team Const Elyse Lewis and Mist, Murk’s sister, were runners-up.

GISBORNE police dog team Constable Ben Whitley and his four-year-old workmate Murk were fourth at the national police patrol and detector dog championships in Wellington yesterday.

The top dozen police dog teams from around the country competed in three days of fierce competition at the NZ Police Dog Training Centre.

The competition involved a range of activities to test the unique skills of dogs and their handlers.

Tauranga dog team Mario, Murk’s brother, and handler Senior Constable Mark Chapman, won the championship.

“Everything you did had to be perfect. We know what is coming up because they tell you, but everything has to be done perfectly.”

Whangarei team Const Elyse Lewis and Mist, Murk’s sister, were runners-up.

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