dog competing in the Tennis Ball Toss. The
2012 Canine Olympics will be held on Saturday,
June 2 starting at 9 a.m. at the Canine
Craze Performance Center, 3101 104th St.,
Ste 3, Urbandale. For more information,
Annual canine competition offers
an array of events
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,
but the people at Canine Craze will dispel that
myth during the 8th Annual Canine Olympics on
Saturday, June 2.
“My husband Scott came up with the idea because
he has always been passionate about people getting
involved with their dogs,” said Renee Jetter,
co-owner of Canine Craze Performance Center.
“It’s been fun to see the event grow and evolve
The event is open to any dog/handler team. Dogs
don’t need to be able to catch a Frisbee or
play dead; every dog is welcome.
“We wanted to make sure and focus the event
on contests that an average pet could do,” Jetter
said. “No matter how talented they are, they
can come here and win some prizes and medals.”
Interested owners can register prior to the
event at the store for $10 or register the day
of for $15.
“Once you’ve registered, you can compete in
as many events as you’d like,” Jetter said.
“We’re expecting 40 to 75 teams this year.”
Yes, she said teams. The dogs and their handlers
will compete as teams in the numerous events.
“The contests we offer are pretty easy,” Jetter
said. “The pie-eating contest, for example,
is a contest where the dog and its handler both
must eat pies. Or there is another contest where
the dog will lick peanut butter off its handler’s
face. Nothing too tough, just a lot of fun for
both the dog and the handler.”
The Canine Olympics will also feature a variety
of events including The Pooch Smooch, Hot Dog
diving, Tennis Ball Toss, Puppy Bowling, Tunnel
Relays, Barrel Racing, 6-legged Hurdles and
the Ultimate Stay contest. Jetter’s favorite
event is a twist on the reality show “Fear Factor.”
“The Fear Factor Feast is a really fun event
where we cut up a variety of about 20 foods
in little pieces, and the team that eats the
most items wins,” she laughed. “And if the dog
doesn’t eat it, the handler can for the win.
Some of the stuff is pretty easy like a carrot,
but last year we had raw beef liver and the
dogs hated it.”
Each of the gold medal winners then moves on
to the final competition known as The Iron Dog.
The winner of the final event wins a year’s
worth of agility classes valued at $720.
“We have three events that are totally different
than the previous day’s events,” Jetter said.
“We have a lot of fun each year creating some
creative and wacky contests for the dog and
handler to do. It’s a great way to end the event.”
Whether you have a dog or not, Jetter encourages
everyone to experience the Canine Olympics.
The event is free to spectators, but if you
bring a dog, you must pay the fee whether you’re
competing or not.
“If you love dogs, you’ll enjoy watching them
compete in the contests,” Jetter said. “It’s
a great opportunity to get your dog out of the
house and do something fun. And it’s one of
the few events that dogs and their handlers
can be involved with everything. Come on out
and let your dog be a dog.” CV