Teens build obstacle course for K-9s at sheriff's office

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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -- A group of North Carolina K-9s got their own obstacle course for the very first time last week, and it was all thanks to some dedicated high school students.

There are five K-9 dogs at the Onslow County Sheriff's Office. The K-9 unit supervisor says before their new gift, deputies used whatever they could find to train their dogs. Now they have real obstacle courses.

The project was a collaboration between the wood shops of Dixon and Southwest High Schools and the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

The high school students spent about two weeks building the obstacle courses.

Thursday was the first time the K-9's got to use the obstacle courses and the sheriff's office says this is a win-win project for them and the high school students.

"Unbelievable, it is just phenomenal looking," says Sgt. Dawn Jauernik, the K-9 supervisor for the sheriff's office. "We are all so so excited about it and this is a very big day for the K-9 unit."

"It was definitely good seeing that we put our hard work into something like that, and that they'll be using those to put into good use to train the dogs," says Allyson Swanhart, a senior at Southwest High School.

The students from both Dixon and Southwest High Schools say the obstacle courses took about two weeks to build and it was both a challenging and fun task.

The wood to make those obstacles courses was donated by an area Lowe's Home Improvement store.

Read the original version of this article at witn.com.

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