Nearly 750 canine athletes from nine different countries are headed to Scottsdale, Ariz., to compete in the U.S. Dog Agility Association’s prestigious Cynosport® World Games Dog Agility Championship. The world’s best canine athletes will be unleashed individually to race over obstacle courses against the clock while being navigated by their human partner, using only voice and hand signals. There is nothing more entertaining than watching talented dogs performing against the clock over hurdles and A-frames, through tunnels, hanging tires, weave poles and even the see-saw. Easy for spectators to understand, the object is to score the fastest time with the least penalties. Dogs of all breeds and sizes compete in various classes where obstacles are set based on the height and experience of the dog.
WestWorld of Scottsdale will give spectators more than six rings of simultaneous competition. For those who want to participate with their own well-behaved dogs, there are fun events on Saturday and Sunday. Paws-on activities (for a donation fee) include Agility 101 (an introduction to agility obstacles for future world agility contenders), Herding (dogs in an enclosed area move or herd livestock) and Splash Dogs® Dock Jumping (dogs compete for distance from a dock into a body of water).
Cynosport® World Games also features numerous shopping opportunities for pet lovers at the trade fair - perfect for early holiday shoppers. Concessions offer food and beverages for those who want to spend the full day.