Top athletic dogs compete at agility trials in Mount Pearl
The Newfoundland Athletic Dog Association is holding a nationally-sanctioned agility trial this weekend in Mount Pearl, where 17 handlers are putting 21 dogs through their paces.
Handlers and their canines manoeuvre courses with several different obstacles that include jumps, tunnels and weave poles.
The classes range from beginner to the masters level.
Dianne Ford, who is this weekend's event chair, said there's a plethora of classes on Sunday for the public to watch and enjoy.
"So masters is the top level you can get to in Canada. Then we also do a course called steeple chase, it's sort of taken [from] the horse world, of speed and control, and then we wrap it up with a couple of jumpers. So it's just jumps and tunnels. And that is really fast, twisty-turny, total fun."
Ford competed on Saturday with her dog Kelsey.
"I've been at it for 20 years, so my nerves don't really get me in the ring anymore. But the newbies on their first trial, the butterflies kick up, just like any competition or performance event. You're just going ... getting a little nervous and on edge, and the dogs usually throw something new to the handlers too," Ford told CBC. "They're like, 'Hey, you're on edge, this must be fun!' So you might see more zoomies or something like that but, if you've been around a while, it's just more about the fun and the love of your dog."
The trial runs continue on Sunday until 3 p.m., at the Pearlgate Track and Field Complex in Mount Pearl.