Dog agility trials begin in Niles

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For those who ever tried to train a dog, they know it’s a lot of work, let along trying to imagine getting a dog ready for competition.

That’s exactly what was happening Saturday and Sunday in Niles. Over 300 dogs hit the ground running for dog agility trials.

The owner must guide the dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.

Sunday, the teams were competing for qualifying runs on different courses.

“So the handlers get to run the course without the dogs and sothey know how to direct the dogs, but often if the dog makes a mistake it’s often times the handlers error directing her properly,” said Dog Agility organizer Debbie Harper.

The dog agility trials were hosted by the Youngstown All Breed Training Club, from North Jackson.

The event attracted dogs from Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

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