AKC National Obedience Invitational

This weekend an estimated two thousand dogs and up to four thousand people will attend the American Kennel Club’s Eukanuba National (breed) Championship plus the Agility and Obedience Invitationals at the Orlando Convention Center.
My wild and crazy Border Collie did not qualify for this event so I signed up months ago to steward in the obedience ring. Parking Friday was already at a minimum but I was able to luck out and find a front row spot near the loading dock. People were setting up their displays in the Meet The Breed area, the Dock Dog pool was set up and Labs were already doing practice runs. Two agility rings were running in one room. Nearby the obedience rings were set up. I believe the Orlando Kennel Club show was sponsoring events Thursday and Friday. In another huge room vendors shared space with various breeds being judged. It was controlled chaos. Those of us who show dogs are used to the noise, commotion and food vendors. Since this event is heavily advertised in the local papers the public will be attending tomorrow, as well as the media, a commercial video company and many amateur photographers. The convention center will be packed with dogs and people, some in a hurry to get to their rings and others ambling around asking questions and enjoying the event.
Many of us will be assisting the obedience judges starting at 7:30 a.m. It’s a great spot to see some of the best working dogs in the country. I hope to have details during the weekend.
If you are in Orlando, Florida come on over. Or it might be worth planning a trip here next year. For further details on the event go to http://www.akc.org.

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2 thoughts on “AKC National Obedience Invitational

  1. The AKC website says there were almost 4000 conformation entries. Plus Agility, Obedience and the Meet The Breed booths. It is my understanding that you can see the show in February on tv. Because the site was so big it never felt like there were THAT many dogs. It is quite the event.

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