Photo: Brittany Keckler of Cincinnati, Ohio’s Rat Terrier “Troy” practices for the Canine Performance Event’s National Agility Championship at the Altamont Fairgrounds Thursday June 14, 2012. A first for Albany County, the three-day event beginning Friday at the fairgrounds will see 500 dogs of all shapes and sizes run an agility course combining jumps inspired by horse shows with obstacles derived from traditional working dog training. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)
Nearly 500 dogs are at the Altamont Fairgrounds this weekend to compete in the Canine Performance Event’s National Agility Championship. The Nationals are held annually, bringing dogs and handlers from around the country. A dog agility course combines jumps inspired by horse shows with obstacles derived from traditional working dog training. Each dog and handler team is timed as they run the agility course in a set pattern. The competition runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Altamont Fairgrounds.
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