Agile dogs to compete this weekend
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Ruger, a Jack Russell terrier, clears a jump during a previous dog agility competition. Courtesy photo
Ruger, a Jack Russell terrier, clears a jump during a previous dog agility competition. Courtesy photo
Zippity Do Dogs from Grand Junction, Colo., will host a DOCNA (Dogs on Course in North America) agility trial Feb. 28 through March 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3641 S. U.S. 191.

“We have named the trial March Madness in Moab,” said organizer Catherine Stampe. “We are so eager for spring, and in Colorado still have snow on the ground, so we load all of our equipment and play in Moab. That is where the madness comes in the picture – it is very heavy equipment to transport!”

During agility events, dogs perform a series of obstacles at the direction of a handler. Those obstacles include jumps, tunnels, weave poles, teeter-totters, an elevated dog walk and a large A frame challenge. All breeds, including mixed-breed dogs, are eligible to compete. The jumps are adjusted to fit the height range of the dog

The dogs and handlers are competing for titles and ribbons – but most important – fun, Stampe said.

“The bond between a handler and agility dog is amazing. They read every movement in your body for direction (which many times causes off courses),” she said. “We always say ‘well he ran where you told him to.’ We have lots of laughs with our dogs!”

The public is invited to attend the events free of charge, but Stampe cautions that dogs not registered in the competition are not allowed.

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