Obedient and Agile Dogs Descend on Long Beach

American Kennel Club events swirl with activity and competition.

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Sure you’ve heard of agility. Maybe you’ve watched it a bit on TV. Of course you’ve taken your dog to obedience class. But until you see agility and obedience competitions in person, you’ve got no clue.

Two days of agility and obedience competition took place in Long Beach, Calif., as the American Kennel Club hosted its annual invitationals on Dec. 2 and 3, 2006, in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, one of the U.S.’s major annual dog shows.

Agility draws crowds
The top five agility competitors of each AKC breed were invited to race the courses at the Long Beach Convention Center. The bleachers that lined two separate courses were filled with competitors, dog owners, and casual observers over the two days. Sitting amongst the crowd is an education, and some people took the opportunity to pepper the experienced with questions as Border Collies, Dachshunds, German Shepherds, and almost every other breed ran, jumped, climbed, and weaved to try to get the best scores. Agility is a test of speed, balance, and behavior as a handler directs his or her dog through a series of obstacles, such as an “A” frame, bridge, tunnel, tire jump, and weave poles.

Over the course of the weekend, crowds jammed the edges of the courses not lined with bleachers, trying to get a peek at the 451 canine speed demons.

In the end, five dogs – each in its own height division – walked away with the top prizes:

  • MACH Senna’s Baltinator, a Bichon Frise, won the 8-inch division;
  • MACH7 Blue Moon Sine on Willow, an Australian Shepherd, topped the 12-inch division;
  • The Pyrenean Shepherd Luka De La Brise, MX, MXJ, took the 16-inch division;
  • A Golden Retriever named Susie – MACH3 Flashpaws Runaround Sue – won the 20-inch division; and
  • By For Turbo Diesel, a Border Collie, took the 24-inch division.

You can see highlights of the agility invitational on Feb. 11, 15, and 18, 2007 on Animal Planet. Check your local listings for times.

Obedience on a circuit
Nearly 100 obedience trial champion dogs entered the obedience invitational, staged on the third level of the convention center.

The various testing areas were set up in a ballroom, divided by white fences, and surrounded by seating for the many dog lovers who watched the competition. Obedience trials challenge a dog and handler’s ability to navigate a variety of tests. Included are such things as calling the dog to come, then having him stop and lie down while still responding to “Come;” jumping over what looks like a fallen fence; finding a lightweight dumbbell (called a utility article) scented with the handler’s smell amongst a group of identical barbells, and fetching a heavier, white dumbbell. Various turns are required, and response to many different commands.

Beginners work with their dogs on a leash, but soon move to leash-free work that includes both voice and hand commands.

At the end of the two-day trial, it was NOC OTCH Chaseabout’s Dances With Lions UDX9, JH, MX, MXJ, who had the best total score. Simba, a Labrador Retriever, traveled to California from Littleton, Colo., with his owner, Renate Van Allen for the competition.

For more information about American Kennel Club events, visit www.akc.org

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disgruntled dog fan   in the usa, CO

12/1/2007 6:48:56 PM

Animan planet has sunk to a new low, NO Eukanuba coverage within a day - - week - - month. By the time you get around to doing anything I'll know who won, obed, conformation and
obedience.

You never bother with obedience - - my watching of Animan Planet is down 75% from a year ago, now I'm not watching Eukanuba tonight, so it's down another 100% - - - AND I don't plan to patronize ANY of your
sponsors

It's pushing 7 here - - That's nearly 9 in NC - and WAY past judging in CA. NO SOUND on the video, OK, the video FINALLY came thru - - - - - rather late, but better than never - - - - but NO SOUND, it would be nice to hear
something.

SINCE AKC is billing this as THE event (trying to top Westminster) then why don't they think it's worth live coverage - -the last few years it has been - - and Eukanuba - - I feed it, have for years - - why didn't they say hey, wait a minute. ...... let's do this live. Thinking maybe I need a new dog
food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am more than bummed at the coverage, lack of information, and the whole deal. This may actually rival the conflict of interest, Pet stores selling AKC dogs (do you remember that????) -
-

I have set aside two nights to watch Eukanuba, NOTHING - - by Feb (when I learned this will be on TV - - Conformation only no doube - - OK, maybe a blip about agiltity and maybe a brief mention of obedience - - ) just what should I do for the next two nights?????? My sister is competing in agility. Know there will be nothing about that - - and obedience is the step child - - never anything about that and AKC wonders why obed is falling down. Just a little plug now and then would be nice - - and go a long way toward pushing it. You do a little on agility - which people are wild about, but why not more - - why not the whole story,the real
deal?

Big dog show? Big event??? Give me a break, if AKC doesn't think it's important enough to broadcast live, and Eukanuba doesn't think it's important enough to televise LIVE - - or even delayed an hour - - - why should
I??????????????

Now tell me again why should I register my dog with AKC? Why should I encourage my friends, students, etc. to register their dogs with AKC???? (Even ILP, which I am constantly pushing.) Why should I pick AKC over APDT, CPE, NADAC, USDAA, ASCA, UKC???????????????? They aren't on TV either - but then they aren't billing themselves as the big show, the International competition.


One disgruntled viewer - who is a non viewer - - thanks to
AKC.

PS: by Feb broadcast date, I'll know who won - - I do have links to this information, and if AKC is valid at all, it will be posted at their website (or is that going to be with held too????????????) - - so why bother to watch???????????????????

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disgruntled dog fan   usa, CO

12/1/2007 6:43:01 PM

It's pushing 7 here - - That's nearly 9 in NC - and WAY past judging in CA. NO SOUND on the video, OK, the video FINALLY came thru - - - - - rather late, but better than never - - - - but NO SOUND, it would be nice to hear
something.

SINCE AKC is billing this as THE event (trying to top Westminster) then why don't they think it's worth live coverage - -the last few years it has been - - and Eukanuba - - I feed it, have for years - - why didn't they say hey, wait a minute. ...... let's do this live. Thinking maybe I need a new dog
food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am more than bummed at the coverage, lack of information, and the whole deal. This may actually rival the conflict of interest, Pet stores selling AKC dogs (do you remember that????) -
-

I have set aside two nights to watch Eukanuba, NOTHING - - by Feb (when I learned this will be on TV - - Conformation only no doube - - OK, maybe a blip about agiltity and maybe a brief mention of obedience - - ) just what should I do for the next two nights?????? My sister is competing in agility. Know there will be nothing about that - - and obedience is the step child - - never anything about that and AKC wonders why obed is falling down. Just a little plug now and then would be nice - - and go a long way toward pushing it. You do a little on agility - which people are wild about, but why not more - - why not the whole story,the real
deal?

Big dog show? Big event??? Give me a break, if AKC doesn't think it's important enough to broadcast live, and Eukanuba doesn't think it's important enough to televise LIVE - - or even delayed an hour - - - why should
I??????????????

Now tell me again why should I register my dog with AKC? Why should I encourage my friends, students, etc. to register their dogs with AKC???? (Even ILP, which I am constantly pushing.) Why should I pick AKC over APDT, CPE, NADAC, USDAA, ASCA, UKC???????????????? They aren't on TV either - but then they aren't billing themselves as the big show, the International competition.


One disgruntled viewer - who is a non viewer - - thanks to
AKC.

PS: by Feb broadcast date, I'll know who won - - I do have links to this information, and if AKC is valid at all, it will be posted at their website (or is that going to be with held too????????????) - - so why bother to watch???????????????????

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