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Dog Sports Increasing in Popularity
AKC entries are at a record high

 

Recently an accomplished dog trainer told me that the future of dog sports will evolve through increased accessibility. As pets become a greater part of the family, more people are bringing their dogs to training classes and exploring activities that they can do together. 

Organizations like the American Kennel Club have realized this trend and have made changes to make their activities more inclusive. Last year AKC agility invited mixed breeds to begin competing with the purebreds. Last year entries into their dog sports, including conformation, obedience, agility, and field trials, crossed the three million mark. Entries in agility increased by nine percent.

I'm thrilled to hear that participation in dog sports is growing. It's a great way to set training goals and it ensures that you and your pet will be spending a lot of quality time together.

Do you participate in dog sports with your pup?

 

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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