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Nearly 750 canine athletes from nine countries are headed to Murfreesboro to compete in the U.S. Dog Agility Association’s Cynosport World Games Dog Agility Championship, Oct. 23-27 at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum.

Canine athletes will be unleashed individually to race over obstacle courses against the clock while being navigated by their human partner, using only voice and hand signals, according to a press release from the Rutherford County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Competitors will be battling for the sport’s most coveted prizes, including the Grand Prix of Dog Agility World Champion title and the right to compete for more than $10,000 in prize money in the Dog Agility Steeplechase.

The object is to score the fastest time with the least penalties. Dogs of all breeds and sizes compete in various classes where obstacles are set based on the height and experience of the dog.

For those who want to participate with their own well-behaved dogs, there are events on Saturday and Sunday. Paws-on activities (for a small donation) including herding (dogs in an enclosed area move or herd livestock) lure coursing, (dogs in an enclosed area chase a rabbit-like lure) and Rally Obedience (combines agility and obedience).

Daily activities run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 27, with evening events on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. Event parking is $5 per car on Saturday and Sunday.

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