DVIDS – News – 3rd Infantry Division Band musician and dog win Top All-American Dog Award at Westminster
“I’m so proud of my dog for what he’s accomplished,” said Staff Sergeant. Ali Park, a musician assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division Band at Fort Stewart, Georgia. “I always had confidence during our training that he could do very well in a big competition, but he surprises me every time after every race.
Brio, Park’s mixed-breed dog, competed in the 9th Annual Masters Agility Championships at Westminster and won America’s Best Dog on June 18, 2022.
“It’s really exciting because he’s kind of famous now,” Park said. “Westminster is one of the most famous dog shows in the world, so there’s a lot of recognition there.”
Brio has competed once in Westminster, but he has also competed in other national events such as the UKI US Open in Jacksonville, Florida, which he won twice, and the National Championship in Agility. ‘AKC in Ocala, Florida. Such occurrences, along with Park’s coaching, helped pave the way for Brio to win his class on his second Westminster appearance.
“I’m so proud of him for what he achieved at Westminster,” Park said. “After any local trial when he does very well, which often happens, it surprises me and he makes me really proud.”
Park oversaw all of Brio’s training.
“I personally train my own dog,” Park said. “However, I have been fortunate to have classes, private lessons and seminars with great trainers over the years. I started agility training just over six years ago and I started competing five years ago, I have grown a lot thanks to excellent teaching, and I think they have all contributed to our development and our success at Westminster.
She became an active member of the sport by watching other handlers and dogs compete.
“When I first found out about this sport, I was so excited,” Park said. “I wanted to learn everything I could about the sport, so I was really diligent about taking lessons, going to classes, watching [training] videos on the internet and just learning by watching other trainers. I really worked hard with my dog to learn a lot of skills to be able to compete at a high level.
Agility training isn’t just for dogs and athletic people, but can be a great place for anyone interested in dog training.
“I just want to let people know if they have a dog or if they’re interested in getting into the sport, go adopt a dog,” Park said. “Look at this canine agility sport; it’s a lot of fun, and anyone can get into it.
With every victory comes a reward, and in Brio’s case, that reward was food.
“My dog is food crazy,” Park said. “It’s his biggest motivation to do agility, so after every race he gets paid really well with good food. He loves it and he goes crazy for it.”
When it comes to agility training and competitions, one of the most rewarding times for Park is sharing the experience with his dog.
“Anyone can get into this sport,” Park said. “It’s a lot of fun, and I really want to give this sport more exposure because it’s good to be able to have a bonding experience. Having something to do that strengthens your bond with a dog.
|Date posted:||07.11.2022 13:52|
|Location:||FORT STEWART, Georgia, USA|
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