See Top Dogs Run, Jump, Weave and Teeter

By: DogTrekker Staff

Agility dog takes a jumpWe’ve all seen it on TV, and many of us have trained and competed in dog agility, one of the most popular and fastest-growing team sports in the country. The rare chance to see the nation’s best canine competitors comes to our region March 30-April 1, when more than 1,000 top teams converge in Reno for the American Kennel Club National Agility Championships.

Both purebred and mixed-breed dogs ranging in size from tiny Chihuahuas to speedy border collies will wow audiences as their handlers coach them on timed runs over jumps, weave polls see-saws and other obstacles. Only competition dogs will be allowed inside the Reno Sparks Livestock Event Center, but Reno’s dog-friendly hotels and campgrounds are sure to be packed with appreciative spectators who wouldn’t think of leaving home without their canine companions. And there’s lots to do with dogs in Reno, which bills itself, with good reason, as “America’s Adventure Place.”

Special rates for event attendees are offered at several hotels and campgrounds; ask for the AKC national agility group rate. 
Photo: Mary Burch@AKC