Resident and her dog shine at AKC Invitational

Milford resident Hannah Naiburg and her dog Molly competed in the fourth annual American Kennel Club (AKC) Junior Agility Competition, held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational, in Orlando, Florida on December 12.

Hannah and Molly were the first place champions in their division.

Hannah and Molly competed in the Junior Excellent classes, where they ran the timed agility course, off-leash, striving for a perfect score of 100. Any missed obstacles or other mistakes result in penalty faults which are deducted from the score.

Agility is AKC’s fastest-growing canine sport with over one million entries annually. It allows dogs to demonstrate athleticism and willingness to work with a handler, and requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork.

Molly had to negotiate an obstacle course that included tunnels, weave poles, jumps and seesaws, all while racing against the clock.

The AKC’s junior handler events are aimed at recognizing and supporting the special relationship between young people and dogs, encouraging responsible dog ownership and promoting dog sport participation for future generations.

Hannah is a student at Jonathan Law High School.