Kilkenny dog-owners set to flock to National Dog Agility Championships

Mary Cody

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Kilkenny dog-owners set to flock to National Dog Agility Championships

The Irish National Dog Agility Championships take place at the outdoor training grounds of the Kilkenny Dog Training Club at Garryhill this weekend.

Dogs from Agility/Obedience clubs all over the Country will be competing in what promises to be an exciting range of competitions designed to test both the dogs obedience and agility and the owner’s handling skills. For the uninitiated, Dog Agility is best likened to horse show jumping with a challenging set of obstacles thrown in for good measure.  The obstacles range from a see-saw, high walk, tunnel, an A Frame and weaves. Watching skilled and novice agility dogs tackle the jumps and the obstacles is exhilarating, entertaining and at times highly amusing.

Saturday is a fun day with dog agility games and a dog show in the afternoon.  On Sunday the serious competition begins and the public are welcome to come along and spectate.  This is the second Irish National Dog Agility Championships and clubs aim ultimately to represent Ireland at the World famous Cruft’s Dog Show Agility Championships.

Anyone interested in taking their dog along to Dog Agility/Obedience Training is welcome to come along to the club’s regular sessions which are held indoors in Kilkenny on a Wednesday evening and outdoors at the Garryhill training ground on Saturday afternoons.  Further information is available from Billy O’Hara, 086 3207287.

Dog owners not taking part in the competition or dog show are kindly requested to leave their dogs at home, but they are very welcome to come along and see the sport being performed