Palm Bay Dog Trainer To Compete At Nationals

By  //  February 26, 2015

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Marie Davino and her Sheltie Maya set to compete

ABOVE VIDEO: Palm Bay resident and dog trainer Marie Davino and her Sheltie, Maya, will be among the contenders at the American Kennel Club National Agility Championship this March 27-29 in Reno, Nevada.

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay resident and dog trainer Marie Davino and her Sheltie, Maya, will be among the contenders at the American Kennel Club National Agility Championship this March 27-29 in Reno, Nevada.

Mikamar Training Center-110In addition, her student Ken Mattson and his Papillion, Chloe, with also be among the contenders.

The quickest, most agile dogs in the country will all be aiming for the title of National Champion.

Marie and Maya, a top agility team, met tough standards to qualify for this competition.

During the event, they will run timed agility courses, off-leash, striving for a perfect score of 100.

Marie Davino

Marie Davino

Any missed obstacles or other mistakes result in penalty faults which are deducted from the score.

Agility, AKC’s fastest-growing canine sport which hit over 1.23 million entries in 2014, is an activity that provides fun and exercise and strengthens the bond between dog and handler.

Dogs demonstrate their agile natures and versatility by following cues from the handler through a timed obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and other objects.

This year marks the 19th AKC National Agility Championship and 6th Preferred National Agility Championship for dogs jumping lower than their measured jump height.

Palm Bay resident and dog trainer Marie Davino and her Sheltie, Maya, will be among the contenders at the American Kennel Club National Agility Championship this March 27-29 in Reno, Nevada. Dogs demonstrate their agile natures and versatility by following cues from the handler through a timed obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and other objects. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Palm Bay resident and dog trainer Marie Davino and her Sheltie, Maya, will be among the contenders at the American Kennel Club National Agility Championship this March 27-29 in Reno, Nevada. Dogs demonstrate their agile natures and versatility by following cues from the handler through a timed obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and other objects. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Up-to-the-minute coverage will be posted on the AKC National Agility Championship Facebook page.

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Mikamar Training Center is also dedicated to producing and raising Shelties to reach their full potential.

They breed for drive, speed and structure. In addition to being beautiful, healthy and structurally sound, there dogs are intelligent, loving and stable in temperament.

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