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Disc Dogs teaches Rover the rules

 SAT, 5/8

Teach your pooch to soar through the air at today's Colorado Disc Dogs Spring Training Seminar, a hands-on workshop that covers such topics as how to throw a Frisbee for your dog and the rules of the game for canines. "We start with the basics -- the correct grip, techniques on how to throw the Frisbee -- and then we move to how get your dog to retrieve it consistently," explains Colorado Disc Dogs president Chris Sexton. "We've found most every kind of dog can learn how to play Frisbee. Running, moving and jumping are a dog's natural instincts; most enjoy doing it."

More than thirty people and their acrobatic pets are expected to attend today's beginner Disc Dogs seminar, which starts at 1 p.m. at the Sheridan Recreation Center, 3325 West Oxford Avenue in Sheridan. The cost is $25 per person or $35 for the entire family. No advance registration is required.

Disc Dogs gives canines flying lessons.
Disc Dogs gives canines flying lessons.

"The best thing about the sport is the bond it helps to form between you and your dog," says Sexton, who competes with his border collie, Laika. "The number-one rule is always to have fun."

For more information on the group, whose members attend numerous local and national competitions, trot over to www.coloradodiscdogs.com. With enough practice, some young pupstarts just might make it to the ultimate contest: the Canine Frisbee Disc World Championships.

"These competitions can be pretty intense. Some people spend a lot of time practicing this," Sexton points out. "But the big thing is just getting more in tune with your dog." -- Julie Dunn

Hot Ice
Eldredge glides to DU
FRI, 5/7

World-title holder and six-time U.S. men's figure-skating champion Todd Eldredge laces up for the University of Denver's annual ice show; this year's family-friendly event, Radio on Ice, begins at 7 p.m. tonight at Magness Arena, 2201 East Asbury Avenue. Members of the university's skate program will perform to tunes by U2, Elvis and a host of others, introduced by DJs from a variety of local radio stations. Eddie Shipstad, DU's director of figure skating, says, "It will be like jumping from station to station." Players from the DU Pioneers hockey team, fresh from their NCAA championship, will check their moves to Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town." Shipstad says audiences should be prepared to be dazzled. "People are blown away by our production. They come expecting a recital and end up getting an amazing professional show."

Radio on Ice twirls again at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Tickets, $10 to $25, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Call 303-871-3820 or visit www. recreation.du.edu/special/amIce.html for more information. -- Kity Ironton

 
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