One of the world’s most ancient skills came to Skykomish last weekend.
Dog training has served a useful purpose since the Roman Empire. It was always done for practical reasons; however, it wasn’t until the 1950s that it became recognized as a recreational activity.
Continuing on with this tradition, the SnoBounders, a Snohomish-based dog agility club, held their annual CPE trials Aug. 2 and 3 at Skykomish River Park.
The club uses all levels of courses, five main setups with four variations each, for dogs of every skill level. In lower levels, mishaps like knocked-over bars and going slightly off course are overlooked, but in the highest levels even a small error can mean disqualification.
Despite the competition there is still an atmosphere of fun. Everyone is there to have a good time and share their interest in dog training. Even a few rain showers and thunder couldn’t dampen the participants’ spirits.
The SnoBounders are a sister club of the larger Sno-King Agility Club which hosts many different trials. They also offer dog training classes. To find out more you can visit their website at www.snokingagility.com