Top Dogs compete in annual agility contest at Lake Ontario Park

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON – Meet Jacquie Kavaner and her 7 year old Sheltie, Raigan.
“We’re very close. I call him my fur child.”
Raigan is just one of more than 100 canines competing in a special agility competition — an annual event held at Kingston’s Lake Ontario Park.
Jacquie Kavaner/From Kingston:
“I was lucky with him. He loves the speed. He loves to get out and everything is fun for him. Not to mention the people aspect as well.”
From sheep dogs, to cattle dogs, to poodles — all breeds are welcome to compete in the 3 day trials — dogs only have 55 seconds to complete the round that includes obstacles like tunnels, jumps and weave poles.
Christine Mandy/Co-Owner, Agility Connection and Judge:
“Within a 5 foot radius of each obstacle they can’t turn and spin or they get a ‘refusal’ — So you might hear the judge whistle. That would mean the dog is done because it made a fault.”
Heather Senoran/Videographer:
“Dogs and there owners have travelled from across the province and some even from Quebec like this family of pooches right here. For Kimi, who’s only 10 weeks old, this is her first agility trials…But for now she’s too young to compete.”
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever will have to wait until she’s 18 months old to take part — but her family members are already trained vets.
Eric LeClair/From Quebec:
“The good thing is that this little puppy comes from this one. This is the father. If you take a look at the line of those dogs. They’re all working dogs. They just work so well.”
As for Raigan, he received two ribbons for clearing the rounds without any mistakes — not an easy feat for every hound. While he’s currently competing in the veteran category, his best friend says he’s still got at least another 3 years left — until he retires as a champion.

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