“Your dog wants to please you, and he wants to do something fun, and agility courses give him a job to do,” notes event organizer Jim Mills, who once took on a troubled Jack Russell terrier who’d been through six homes in three weeks and turned him into a focused, calm agility champion. “Agility gives them a release and challenges their mind to allow them to become smarter — which helps with obedience and the overall growth of a dog.”
The National Dog Agility Championships will be held simultaneously in New York, Arizona and Golden, with awards being given to regional and national champions. The competition will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at Fairmount Park, 5222 Quaker Street. For registration information, go to www.docna.com/events.aspx; spectating is free. For more information, call 602-549-2519.
Sept. 21-23, 2012