R.A.C.E. a treat for doggies and their humans

Teach your dog new tricks at Dog (R.A.C.E) Recreational Agility CGC Event.

ASTORIA — Classy Canines 4-H Club is holding its annual public participation Dog Recreational Agility CGC Event (Dog R.A.C.E.) on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds & Expo Center arena, 92937 Walluski Loop.

This event gives dogs and their owners a chance to try some beginner-level dog agility. No experience is needed.

Participants can also test for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen or Trick Title certification from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rally obedience course with helpful coaching will be available.

The day starts with mandatory free registration and orientation at 8 a.m., followed by a free Introduction to Jumpers with Weaves Workshop.

Afterward, participants can compete in a Jumpers with Weaves Fun Run Competition for $3 each.

Next will be a free Introduction to Agility Contacts Workshop followed by an Agility Touch ’n’ Go (Contacts) Fun Run Competition for $3 each.

The afternoon will conclude with a Standard Agility Fun Run Competition for $3 each.

The competitions feature unique ribbons for the top placements. A spectacular prize drawing and dog-themed vendors will also be on-site. Proceeds go to local pet charities.

Participants should bring a dog, a kennel or crate, a non-tightening collar or harness, a 6-foot leash, many tiny soft treats such as quarter-inch cheese cubes, a water bowl and plastic clean-up bags. The arena is cold in the morning, so dress in layers and wear shoes you can run in.

Participants are asked to help put the equipment away at the end of the day.

Spectators are welcome to watch the dogs learn to navigate the obstacle courses.

To learn how to donate to the drawing or become a vendor (no charge for a vendor table), contact Sally Freeman at youngsriver@yahoo.com or 503-325-7161 or text 503-308-2372.

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