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Lab takes 1st title as Westminster debuts obedience contest

11 months 3 days 14 minutes ago February 15, 2016 Feb 15, 2016 Monday, February 15 2016 February 15, 2016 4:41 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Jennifer Peltz
Image: Inquistr

NEW YORK - It's no simple "sit" and "stay."

At the Westminster Kennel Club's first-ever obedience competition Monday, dogs had to sniff out and fetch a dumbbell their handlers had touched from a pile of identical dumbbells. They also had to sit in a group while their handlers circled the ring without them.

And that was just the first round.

A Labrador retriever named Heart won with a crowd-pleasing, tail-wagging display.

Owner and handler Linda Brennan of Columbia, New Jersey, says the 3-year-old dog is "just amazing."

And she says their final routine "had the cute factor": It included fetching a few heart-print pillows.

Some 34 dogs competed. It was the first obedience event of any kind at the nation's premier dog show since a non-competitive demonstration in 1956.

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