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Local dog owners will compete in AKC nationals

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Five people from our area and their dogs will soon be heading to Reno, Nevada to compete nationally, in the American Kennel Club Agility Championship.

To qualify for the nationals, the dogs must earn the title of Master Agility Champion, along with making several fault-free runs on both standard and jumper courses.

KNDO spoke to Gail Eikanas from Yakima, who has two border collies in the competition. "This is my first time going to the nationals. I've been training for about ten years in agility with different dogs. These are my first two dogs that have qualified for nationals," Eikanas said.

Eikanas will be joined by three other Yakima women, Gayle Capen, Crystal West and Erin Madsen, along with Kate Riebe from Ellensburg.

Approximately 900 dogs will be competing in the three-day trial. The AKC Championship begins March 30th.