The Seattle Dog Show is known to be one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier dog show events and this years event certainly lived up to that expectation. Many people that have never been to a dog show like this before may believe that the show is really nothing more than a beauty contest for dogs. However, this years event that took place March 9-10, 2013 was anything but just a beauty contest. The dogs and their trainers competed in events such as agility and breed competitions. All just to prove that these show dogs are more than just pretty faces. The two day show includes two all breed shows, two obedience trials, two rally trials, two agility trials, herding, Seattle Police Department K-9 demonstration, educational booths and much more.
As part of the agility and breed competitions the working dogs work and you get to see the training that these dogs of all sizes have gone through to really be the best at what they do. For many, the most exciting events are the agility courses. In these courses the dogs and handlers take on intricate obstacles including jumps, tunnels, and all sorts of contact obstacles. The AKC agility trial has three levels of competitions: novice (beginners), open (intermediate), and excellent (advanced). Dog agility is one of the most intense and exciting events at the Seattle Kennel Club show, where both the dogs and their handlers perform the tasks on an indoor, carpeted course.
This years winners have not been announced on the Seattle Kennel Clubs website just yet, but you can be sure that all of the dogs, owners, handlers, and spectators had a great time. For many, enjoying the dogs and the competition is really what its all about.
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