DVIDS – News – 3rd Infantry Division Band musician and her dog win Top All-American Dog Award at Westminster

“I am so proud of my dog ​​for what he has accomplished,” said Master Sgt. Ali Park, a musician assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division Band at Fort Stewart, Georgia. “I always felt confident during our training that he could do really well in a big competition, but he surprises me every time after each run.”

Brio, Park’s mixed breed dog, competed at the 9th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and won the Top All-American Dog Award 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 competed once before at Westminster, but he also competed in other national events such as the UKI US Open in Jacksonville, Florida, which he won twice, and the AKC National Agility Championship in Ocala, Florida. Such events, along with Park’s training, helped pave the way towards Brio winning his category in his second appearance at Westminster.

“I’m so proud of him for what he just accomplished at Westminster,” said Park. “After any local trial when he does really well, which is often, it surprises me and he makes me really proud.”

Park oversaw Brio’s entire training.

“I personally train my own dog,” Park said. “However, I have been fortunate enough to have classes, private lessons and seminars with some great trainers over the years. I started agility training a little over six years ago, and I started competing five years ago. I’ve grown a lot through great instruction, and I feel that they have all contributed to our training and to our success at Westminster.”

She became an active member in the sport by watching other handlers and dogs compete.

“When I first discovered this sport, I was so excited,” said Park. “I wanted to learn all I could about this sport, so I was really diligent about taking lessons, going to classes, looking at [training] videos on the Internet and just learning by watching other handlers. I really worked hard with my dog ​​to gain a lot of skills to be able to do a high-level competition.”

Agility training isn’t just for athletic dogs and people but can be a good venue for anyone interested in dog training.

“I just want to let people know if they have a dog, or are interested in getting into the sport, go adopt a dog,” Park said. “Look into this sport of dog agility; it’s a lot of fun, and anybody can get into it.”

With any victory comes its own reward, and in Brio’s case, that reward was food.

“My dog ​​is food crazy,” Park said. “That is his biggest motivation for doing agility, so after each run, he gets paid really well with some good food. He loves it, and he goes crazy for it.”

When it comes to agility training and competitions, one of the rewarding moments for Park is sharing the experience with her dog.

“Anyone can get into this sport,” said Park. “It’s a lot of fun, and I really want to give more exposure to this sport because it’s a great thing to be able to have a bonding experience. To have something to do that builds your connection with a dog.”

Date Taken: 07.11.2022
Date Posted: 07.11.2022 13:52
Story ID: 424731

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