Clever and Capable Canines Literally Jump Through Hoops to Secure Top Spots at AKC Agility and Obedience Invitationals

Dec 06, 2010, 13:49 ET from American Kennel Club

-- Nation's Most Obedient and Athletic Dogs Crowned --

LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The winners of the 2010 AKC National Obedience Invitational and the AKC Agility Invitational, sponsored by Eukanuba, LubriSyn and J & J Dog Supplies, were named this weekend in Long Beach, California.

Held December 4 and 5 at the Long Beach Convention Center in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, the two events demonstrate the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler and are the culmination of thousands of trials held throughout the year.  

"Both our Agility and Obedience Invitationals attracted the top dogs and handlers in the nation, so a win at these events is one of the greatest achievements in a dog's career," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "With a little dedication, the general public can learn some of the same skills these champions demonstrated this weekend. We recommend that all responsible dog owners enroll their dogs in a local training class, and maybe we'll eventually see them at future Invitationals!"

AKC National Obedience Invitational

The 2010 AKC National Obedience Invitational Champion is NOC OTCH High Times Ris'n Above The Tide UDX7 OM9 RE, a Golden Retriever known as "Buoy," owned by Kathleen Rasinowich-Platt of Papillion, Nebraska.

Obedience trials test a dog's ability to perform a prescribed set of exercises on which it is scored.  More than 110 of the nation's top Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) pointed dogs in the country competed for the coveted title of AKC National Obedience Invitational Champion (NOC) during the two day competition in Long Beach.

AKC Agility Invitational

Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the five height categories – were crowned at the event, which brought together more than 470 dogs from across the country and beyond.

Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24" respectively) were:

  • 8" -  "Popeye" a Pomeranian owned by Gena Zglinski of Houston, Texas
  • 12"- "Lilly" a Poodle owned by Alicia Bismore of Hilliard, Ohio
  • 16" - "Vixen" a Border Collie owned by Robin Kletke of Woodinville, Washington
  • 20" - "Scarlett" a Labrador Retriever owned by Elisa Hirsch of Westlake Village, California and handled by Kate Moureaux
  • 24" - "Booster" a Weimaraner owned by Steven Jenks of Covington, Washington and handled by Jef Blake

Agility events allow dogs to demonstrate their athleticism and versatility by racing against the clock and overcoming a challenging course of different obstacles.  Success requires proper training, as it is a sport of physical skill, control, patience and – most importantly – teamwork between handler and dog. There are five different height categories, so dogs compete fairly according to size.

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