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Lawrenceville Kennel Club, Inc., and the Cocker Spaniel Specialty Club of Georgia, Inc. educate local students in the sport of AKC Agility
Fun at the LKC/CSSCG Agility trials. Photo by Venee Gardner

Kids love dogs. Dogs love Agility. Agility trials need a lot of hands to work the rings. Why not use school age kids to help out at the trials? What started out as a few home schooled kids helping one Friday of the LKC/CSSCG trials in March turned into a weekend long educational opportunity for middle school and high school aged volunteers. Throughout the course of the weekend of trials approximately 30-40 school-age kids and their parents attended the LKC/CSSCG Agility trials in Alpharetta, Ga. The kids learned how to set bars on the jumps, straighten chutes, run leashes and scores, and, most importantly, they were introduced to the sport of Agility. The kids went away wanting to build Agility equipment and train their dogs; the clubs went away with the knowledge that not only did the trials run smoothly but they did something to educate the Agility competitors of the future. Everybody won!

Thanks to Richard Beaton, a member of the Lawrenceville Kennel Club, Inc., and the Cocker Spaniel Specialty Club of Georgia, Inc., for submitting this article!

PEC Teaches Students About Responsible Dog Ownership
Lisa Pollard with her Sheltie.

In March Lisa Pollard, Public Education Coordinator for the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Jacksonville (Fla.), along with fellow club members and their dogs, visited Grove Elementary School and talked about dog safety, being a responsible dog owner and the fun things you can do with your dog. The children received  AKC hand-outs, bookmarks and stickers.

“The highlight was the Agility and trick demos performed by Duncan,” Pollard said. “We  had great fun with the over 100 kids we met.”