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Dog Owners Take Training To New Levels During Agility Trials in Union Gap

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UNION GAP, WA.- If you've ever owned a dog you've probably at least attempted to teach them how to sit, stay, or shake, but as we found out some people take dog training to a whole new level.

This weekend dogs big and small are testing their skills at the Union Gap Agility Trials and it's something these dogs and their owners take very seriously.


Connie Fong has owned Corgis for the past ten years, training them to run, jump, and weave through about any object you can find, but training a pet to compete isn't always an easy job.

"It was brutal, because I hadn't done it either," Fong said,  "I had done obedience in the ring before, which is very controlled, so they had to train me and the dogs."


Connie says it's worth it though, she owns four Corgis at the moment and she told us training them to compete and run obstacles makes them incredible pets on and off the course.   

"I don't have to worry about having them unleashed, because they don't run off and don't burst out the door and on to the street, so they're really easy to live with when they're trained," Fong explained.


Connie's Corgis aren't the only ones competing though, The Yakima Valley Kennel Club says the annual event drew in 173 dogs this year.

"Our trials started 15 years ago and at that time we had a couple hundred runs at this trial alone we are at 500 runs a day, so this has really expanded in this area," Kennel Club Secretary, Gillian Crawford told us.

The event has runs for beginners and experienced dogs. Those who qualify during this event have a chance to move on to the National Championship in Oklahoma later this year.

The agility trails began Friday and they'll run through Sunday. You can find all these loveable furballs down at Fullbright Park in Union Gap. They encourage families to come out, The Kennel Club says it's a great day for kids.