World’s Top Agility Dogs Competing in Tennessee

October 5, 2017

Nearly 1,000 canine athletes from nine different countries are headed to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to compete in the dog agility World Championships, Cynosport World Games October 25-29 at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum.

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. Competitors will be battling for the sport’s most coveted prizes, including the Grand Prix of Dog Agility World Champion title and to compete for more than $10,000 in prize money in the Dog Agility Steeplechase.

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.

The Tennessee Miller Coliseum will give spectators multiple rings of competition to view. For those who want to participate with their well-behaved dogs, there are fun events for spectators to participate on Saturday and Sunday. Paws-on activities (for a donation fee) include lure coursing (dogs in an enclosed area chase a rabbit-like lure), Rally Obedience (combines agility and obedience) and Agility 101 (an introduction to agility obstacles for future world agility contenders).

Cynosport World Games also features numerous shopping opportunities for pet lovers at the trade fair—perfect for early holiday shoppers. The Coliseum concessions offer food and beverages for those who want to spend the full day. Daily activities run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, through Sunday, October 29, with evening events featuring some of the tournament finals Friday and Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. Entrance gate admission is $5 per car on Saturday and Sunday.

The Tennessee Miller Coliseum is located at 304B West Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 37129.

The event is hosted by the United States Dog Agility Association, the world’s largest, independent canine sports authority, dedicated to promoting the sport of dog agility as a recreational, family sport that fosters responsible pet ownership.

For those who cannot attend the event, watch the tournament competition live on cynosport.com.

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