Dog agility championships this weekend in Carbondale |

Dog agility championships this weekend in Carbondale

Just weeks after the U.S. Border Collie Handlers Association National Sheepdog Championships at Strang Ranch, Carbondale is the site of the 2014 West Regional Agility Championships for Dogs on Course in North America (DOCNA). The East Regional site is in Upstate New York.

The competition in Carbondale takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at North Face. All of the events, including jumping, relays, a standard course and the North American Challenge, in which participants in both regions compete, are free and open for the public to view, according to DOCNA owner Jim Mills.

“We have public stands that are all set up for people to sit and watch the dogs,” Mills said. “It’s quite outstanding.”

More than 100 dogs are competing this year, some coming from as far as Alaska, South Dakota and New Mexico, according to Mills. He said about 15 competitors are local.

DOCNA has already slated the 2015 championship to take place in Carbondale again, and Mills said there’s the possibility it will be back in 2016.

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