SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - Have you ever watched agility on television?  Well, this is your chance to see it in person! Calsonic Arena will play host to the North American Dog Agility Championships Wednesday September 23rd through Sunday September 27th.

Some of the best dog/handler teams in the sport will be competing in this international event.

The fast-paced sport of dog agility has been around since the mid 1980s and has grown into one of the most popular dog sports in the world.  The North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) was formed in 1993 to provide North American dogs and their handlers with a fast, safe and enjoyable form of the sport of dog agility.

Dog agility has been called a sort of Gladiators' version of dog showing and consists of a circus-like obstacle course that requires dogs to climb through tunnels, navigate teeter-totters, jump through tires, and weave through wires and poles - all at the behest of their handlers.

It is a display of the dog-owner bond and is a showcase for hard-won communication, tireless training, and, well, agility.

The competition is set to begin each morning at 8:00 a.m. and will run up into the evening hours each day.  Stated Emily Glatzel Secretary of NADAC "Due to the overwhelming response from our exhibitors via their entries, our championships will run into the evening hours and allow the public to come by and see the competition live."

Sunday will be the championship "runs" where the overall 2009 NADAC Champions in several different divisions will be crowned. 

Best of all there is no admission charge for fans, spectators and curiosity seekers to come enjoy the competition!