Who’s a good boy? Langley hosts dog agility championships

Dogs will be guided through courses by their handlers at the championships June 9 to 11.

Having nearly 400 dogs together in one place would seem a recipe for chaos, but when they are trained agility dogs, it makes for interesting competition.

The 2017 B.C./Yukon Regional Agility Championships are taking place June 9 to 11 at Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park.

Dogs and their handlers go through challenging courses in a race where scores are based on timing and accuracy.

Dogs run competitively, against others of similar age and height, off-leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler cannot touch their dog or the obstacles. Handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.

The competitions run daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 24550 72nd Ave. The public is invited to watch and there’s no admission charge.

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