Police K-9 competition set Thursday at Ravsten Stadium

While your dog is chewing up the couch Thursday, police K-9s from around the state will be chewing up men in bite-suits at the Gem State K-9 Trial 2014 Police Dog Competition.

The annual competition, hosted by the Idaho Police Canine Association, runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Ravsten Stadium on Seventh Street. The free event is open to the public.

According to an Idaho Falls Police news release, more than 30 K-9s teams from around the state will face off in three categories: obedience, agility and law enforcement training.

“There will be a number of different tests, some include drug detection, suspect apprehension, running an obstacle course and executing patrol tactics,” Idaho Falls Police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said.

Winners will receive awards and bragging rights.

Among those competing are two police dogs from Idaho Falls Police and four from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.