NORWICH – Do you have a dog with boundless energy, the kind a simple walk around town won’t satisfy? Pet Street Station Animal Hospital may have just what you need – a new outdoor dog agility course debuting this weekend. In response to numerous inquires regarding dog training classes, Lisa Mullin and Robyn King of Pet Street are spearheading an event designed to introduce what they hope will transition into a regularly scheduled class. The public debut of the course will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pet Street location on East River Road. The plan is to introduce the community to dog agility training, which helps to discipline and exercise dogs. Dog agility is a also national sport in which owners and their pets compete all across the globe.
The newly-built course at Pet Street is designed to accommodate all sorts of dogs with different levels of training and was constructed by the staff under the careful supervision of Tracy Sklenar of Smyrna, who has competed on the United States international team in Europe. Sklenar will also be there Saturday, leading demos with her faithful companion Export, a six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Border Collie mix who was with Sklenar representing the United States in competitions overseas. Export, named after a Canadian beer, was part of a team that ranked 8th internationally, but has also won regionals and placed 5th nationally. “Pretty good for a dog that lays on the couch and still loves to roll around in Smyrna mud,” said Sklenar. Export will be performing for his fellow canines and human observers alike, opening the event with a demo that he will then recreate every hour for the duration of affair.