Brylin Obedience Specialty School (BOSS) is hosting a sanctioned United Kingdom International Agility Trial July 25 and 26 beginning at 8 a.m.
“Competitors from around the Carolinas are gathering to compete to earn titles and ribbons, as well as to gain qualifications to attend the U.S. Open, which is held in Perry, Georgia in November,” said owner of TCB Agility Meagan Skelton.
Agility is fun for both the dog and the handler, Skelton said.
“It strengthens the bond between the two and requires teamwork. The best teams appear to read each other’s minds and are in told sync on the course. Dogs who participate in agility spend many hours a week in training, conditioning and travel with their handlers. Not only do they get to enjoy a fun game with their best friend, they get to see much more of the world.”
A variety of breeds are set to participate including mixed breeds.
“Border collies and shelties will likely be popular,” Skelton said.
BOSS owner Gayle Riggings said 5% of the proceeds will be donated to the Stokes County Animal Shelter for needed immunizations.
She began Brylin Obedience School to offer classes to suit the needs of both the community and competitors.
“We’re very diversified and offer classes for both puppies to old dogs. There are fun classes such as tricks, conditioning and fitness and games,” she said.
Brylin currently holds UKI Agility and Barn Hunt Trials and is set to host an AKC sanctioned CAT Lure Coursing Trial next year.
“Currently we will hold two fun days for Lure Coursing. This is a day for both handlers and dogs. There’s nothing better than chasing a white bag through a field,” she said.
BOSS also has the only custom Nose Works classroom in North Carolina that allows dogs to learn to search in a systematic way.
Riggins said their instructors are experienced and train through positive reinforcement and games.
Brylin also offers three free classes to dogs adopted out of Stokes and Forsyth County to help assist transitioning from shelter to home.
For more information about BOSS or the agility trial visit Brylinschool.com
Amanda Dodson can be reached at (336) 813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.