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Kennel Club dog show will continue at Friendship Park

SMITHFIELD — The tradition of an American Kennel Club Labor Day weekend dog show will continue this year at Friendship Park, according to officials.

Cluster dog shows are planned from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 at the fairgrounds.

The four days of events are sponsored by the St. Clairsville Ohio Kennel Club, Fort Steuben Kennel Association and the Beaver County Kennel Club, and more than 650 dogs and 160 breeds are planned each day, organizers said.

Breed, puppy and junior handler competitions are planned, and purebreds will compete in obedience and rally, which is a new AKC sport where dog owners use verbal commands or hand signs to guide a dog through a course.

Events for dogs will include dock diving, and spectators are invited to bring their dogs to try out, with assistance from experienced trainers.

There’s also the coursing ability test, which is open to any dog at least 1 year old and registered with AKC, AKC PAL or Canine Partners.

Lure coursing for sighthounds is planned Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and a meet-and-pet-the-dogs events is slated for Aug. 2, as well as a bake sale.

Events on Sept. 3 include a microchip and rabies clinic; complimentary snacks during group judging; drawings; and vendors. A $100 gift card will be awarded, organizers said.

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