Dog Agility Winter Games Kick-Off at Spot

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Spot, a leading operator of upscale doggie daycare in New York announces the first “Winter Games” for K9 performance sport at a specialty indoor agility course

Spot Winter Games

Anisha Khanna, owner and dog agility enthusiast said, “Holding the SPOT winter games near the Olympics is a great way to showcase the fun and athleticism of Dog Agility, which is often overshadowed by more popular sports.”

Renowned New York based pet care and services company, SPOT, who has joined forces with nationally ranked K9 performance sports competitor and trainer Kris Seiter, will celebrate the grace, skill and agility of dogs and their handlers during this Olympic season by holding SPOT’s Winter Games. The event will take place on February 27th, 2010 at the Chelsea store, a 5,000 sq. foot flagship location with an indoor dog park and agility course.

Dog agility is a competitive sport designed to test handling and training skills over a challenging timed obstacle course. “With scoring based on faults similar to equestrian show jumping, dog agility has become an exciting spectator event” says the United States Dog Agility Association which has “over 25,000 registered competitors and represents more than 100 affiliated groups conducting more than 400 days of events each year throughout the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and Japan.”

The competition is open to all handlers and dogs that have completed Spot’s agility program, a measure taken to ensure the safety and well-being of all the athletes according to founder Dan Rubenstein, “Agility is a sport that you have to train for. An untrained handler and dog could hurt themselves.”

The course promises to be a tough. SPOT retained leading boutique architecture and design firm, CDA, to design the complete facility which, in addition to expansive play areas and pet suites, includes the indoor agility course in its 1,800 sq foot indoor park that can accommodate dogs and handlers who are usually restricted to performing outdoors.

SPOT holds its timely Winter Games to promote the sport of Dog Agility while the collective conscious is focused on athletes during the Olympic events. Anisha Khanna, owner and dog agility enthusiast said, “Holding the SPOT winter games near the Olympics is a great way to showcase the fun and athleticism of Dog Agility, which is often overshadowed by more popular sports.”

About SPOT: Spot operates three (3) full-service pet lifestyle facilities in Tribeca, Chelsea and the Newark International Airport. The offering includes daycare, overnight boarding, grooming, transportation, training and specialty retail. Its facilities include state of the art HVACs systems, flooring, pet suites, play areas, watching windows, and play equipment among many other amenities. They have twice been featured in the New York Times and appeared on MSNBC. For more information visit http://www.spotdogsrule.com

About Kris Seiter: Kris Seiter has been training in Canine Performance Sports for over 18 years and has spent her life living and training a wide array of animals. She has been competing in the sport of Agility for 10 years and has accomplished some of the highest rewards in the sport with multiple dogs. Kris also spends her time rehabilitating previously abused animals with tough cases of aggression, and uses agility training to build confidence and trust.

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