K-9 Officer Mike Hill says the Sequim Police Department has long wanted a canine agility course but until recently had no place to put one.
Then Police Chief Bill Dickinson came up with an answer, one that’s not only serving the needs of the department but adds a fun opportunity that many Sequim dogs are expected to take advantage of.
Dickinson recently approached the Sequim Parks Advisory Board for its approval to build an agility course at the Sequim Dog Park. The board quickly agreed. Soon thereafter the Sequim Dog Park Pals board also was involved.
The new agility course is now a work-in-progress at the dog park and is open for use by one and all (dogs).
Hill, who partners with Chase, the department’s talented police dog, said, “The idea is that the course would serve multiple purposes. It was a way for the police department to give back to the citizens of Sequim and visitors of the dog park by having a multi-use course that was not just for police dogs, but also for the public’s use.”
Hill said the course is designed “to have some obstacles that are more related to police canine training,” but also incorporates other obstacles that are found at local dog training facilities, including “agility-type obstacles and others that are used in Schutzhund canine training.”
Schutzhund training emphasizes obedience, tracking and protection.
Hill noted Sequim also hosts monthly police canine training sessions attended by several police canine teams from western Washington. Those teams also will utilize the course.
The course is under construction on the south end of the dog park with a few obstacles already in place. Hill said, “Because the course is not budgeted it has been constructed by police department officers on their own time with donations that we have received.”
The goal, said Hill, is to further expand the course, “with more obstacles in the coming months as time and donations allow.”
He hopes the course, with additional signage providing dog safety tips, will be completed by fall.
Hill said the department is grateful to the numerous citizens, business and other organizations that already have donated to the K-9 program.
Those who would like to assist further in the effort can make a tax-deductible donation by contacting the Sequim Police Department at 609 W. Washington St. Call 683-7227.
Hill said 100 percent of donations given to the “Sequim Police Department K-9 Program” will go directly to the program.