Dog days of summer

The Cariboo Agility Team will hold its annual Agility Association of Canada trial at Lumberman’s Park ball diamond, Aug. 24-25

The  Agility Association of Canada trial hosted by the Cariboo Agility Team will include all breeds of dogs

The Agility Association of Canada trial hosted by the Cariboo Agility Team will include all breeds of dogs

The Cariboo Agility Team will hold its annual Agility Association of Canada trial at Lumberman’s Park ball diamond, Aug. 24-25.

It will feature approximately 60 dogs of all breeds testing their abilities to run obstacle courses with speed and accuracy in order to earn points and titles.

Dogs are expected to come from all over British Columbia, including Kamloops, Prince George and Vernon.

Trial co-ordinator Roxanne Ziefflie says the trial will include all levels of ability, from starters to masters.

“Some will have just attended nationals,” she notes.

The courses include obstacles like tunnels, teeter-totters and ramps, with dogs relying on their handlers’ voice commands and body movements to know where to go.

The club has held several trials over the past few years and its always a good show for spectators. Ziefflie encourages people to come watch and ask questions about the sport and the club. She notes agility is suitable for almost any breed of dog.

Trial events run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and all dogs brought by spectators must be on a leash and under control.