World Championship for dog agility held in Murfreesboro Oct. 23-27

Posted at 6:34 AM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 07:34:31-04

WATERTOWN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Roughly 750 dogs are preparing for the United States Dog Agility Association's championship games in Murfreesboro.

"Think horse jumping, but with dogs," Tim Verrelli said. Verrelli is a judge at the competition being held at Miller Coliseum.

"It's not just all Border Collies and Golden Retrievers. There will be breeds that you've never even heard of that will be running!" he said.

The competition involves everything from speed jumping to the grand prix, an obstacle course and also the oldest event in the sport.

Local competitor, Jennifer Goldberg, of Bellevue, said her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers Huckleberry, 8 and Finnegan, 3 1/2, have been training for the better part of a year.

"A lot of our vacation days are spent with the dogs!" Goldberg joked.

With the competition so close, Goldberg is making sure not to overwork her dogs.

"These are our teammates. We have asked them to work with us, so we have to trust them to do what we have asked them to do," she explained.

Cynosport is October 23 through 27 at the coliseum. You can find out more information here.