This is part of a series of profiles on the six top agility mixed-breed dogs that received the invitations to compete in the 2017 AKC Agility Invitational. The annual event takes place Dec. 15-16 in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the AKC National Championship and the AKC Obedience Classic.
Name: MACH8 Moses Raphael York UD BN GN GO RAE4 MXC2 PAD MJS3 PJD MFB TQX T2B7
Call Name: Moses
Owner: Jordan York
Hometown: Evansville, IN
Age: 7 years
Jump Height Division: 20-inches
Jordan got Moses six years ago as a family pet from a friend at work. They started out with basic house training/obedience classes at the local pet store just so Moses could learn some manners.
“After completing these classes, the teacher wanted to know if we had ever thought about taking agility classes. This was the first that I had ever heard of something like this. After researching online and finding a local agility and obedience club, I found recommendations that rally was a good stepping stone from the Canine Good Citizen test to agility. There started our competitive story,” Jordan said.
Moses started competing in rally and then moved to obedience while practicing agility. Moses not only has eight Master Agility Championships, he has earned the AKC Obedience title of Utility Dog and four AKC Rally Advanced Excellent titles.
“Moses has been one of those dogs that ‘just does it.’ I can ask him to do a new task and within two to three attempts at learning it, he has it perfected!” Jordan said.