THE GAME- KEEPER’S lodge in Horský Park in Bratislava hosted the ‘Most Likeable Dog’ competition on May 29 for both pure-bred and cross-bred dogs. Its competition had nothing to do with the beauty of its entrants but rather focused on the ability of the pets to perform small tricks and show obedience and the relationship between the owner and the dog.
Visitors and other contestants decided on the most likeable dogs, rather than a jury or one referee. The weather for the competition was great and the event developed into something like a family picnic, complete with many dogs.
The main competition was divided into categories such as Junior Handling, Puppies, Adult Dogs, and Senior Dogs and was accompanied by demonstrations of doggie hair-styling, dog dancing and ball-catching. Proceeds from the event’s tombola went to Sloboda Zvierat/the Animal Freedom foundation that operates several animal rescue centres, to the Horský Park Foundation – the host – and to a special guest, dog psychologist Rudolf Desenský who teaches dogs to become better pets – sometimes by making their owners change as well.
Desenský – who made his fame as a dog psychologist in the Czech Republic – advised people how to avoid instilling bad habits in their dogs and how to improve interaction and communication. He brought along a five-week old wolf puppy, intending to ‘socialise’ it at the huge event, full of dogs and people. He claims that making dogs – and even a wolf – accustomed to crowds of people and to other animals – their sounds, smells and touches – is the best way to help them become non-aggressive and unafraid. Sloboda Zvierat also offered abandoned dogs for adoption during the event which was presented by Richard Vrablec.
The Most Likeable Dog competition was co-organised by the Pes-Sympaťák Association and the Staré Mesto part of the capital city, according to spokesperson Alena Kopřivová.
The audience chose Cherry, an 18-month-old crossbreed owned by M. Cabadayová from Báhoň as the overall winner. Other winners included Mandy, a Hungarian vizsla, Dáres and Classy, border collies, and Roky, crowned the senior champion.
7. Jun 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská