The Panhandle Workingdog Club trains dogs to participate in regional competitions


AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) – The Panhandle Workingdog Club was formed six years ago with its members passionate about animal training and competition.

After many hours of practice, some of the members go to the trials to see if their dog is the best.

“I have always been an animal lover,” said Derick Spargo, founder of the Panhadle Workingdog club. “I always tell my wife that, and she tells me if I didn’t do what I’m doing now, I’d be a vet somewhere.”

The club now has 15 members across the Panhandle, meeting every weekend in Amarillo.

The club works together to train their dogs in obedience skills and controlled protective work.

Spargo, has had his pike since he was six weeks old, and he tells us that several factors play a role in the success of working dogs.

“If the genetics aren’t there, the dog won’t do the job,” Spargo said. “It is a working dog sport, so if your dog is unwilling to work or has the drive or genetics they won’t perform well in this sport.”

The club is part of the Protective Sports Association.

They are going to trials all over Oklahoma and Texas.

With the goal of competing in New Mexico and Colorado.

Club member Daniel Warren says it’s the group mentality that keeps him coming back.

“Like it’s good to train your dog and do these things, but like doing with that, the level that we train at, it gives you that reason to train at that level, a reason to push and a goal to achieve, ”says Warren.

The club plan to have a trial in Amarillo later this fall.

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