Dogs will have their day this month in Albany | Local

Local dog lovers will have the chance to see nearly 1,500 dogs from across the country compete at the Linn County Kennel Club Dog Show, scheduled for Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27.

The public is welcome from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center in Albany. Competitions are scheduled in conformation, agility, obedience, rally, Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog tests, plus a puppy-only competition. The event is open to all ages and admission is free with a $5 parking fee.

Spectators can meet and greet a variety of dog breeds; learn more about responsible dog ownership; speak with owners, breeders and handlers; attend the judging of various breeds in the conformation category and encourage their favourites; and guard dog owner-handlers compete in the National Owner-Handled Series.

Obedience and rally trials will test the dog’s understanding of commands when maneuvering obstacles and retrieving objects. Visitors can watch the dogs play and show off their skills in a trick dog competition on Saturday.

Only dogs registered in advance for competitions are allowed on the show grounds. Masks are mandatory inside, regardless of vaccination status.