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Nov 14, 2015 10:24 AM

A growing number of dog owners are using doggie gyms in NH to train their pups for competitions

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MANCHESTER - A growing number of Granite State canines are training for the big-time - the Westminster dog show - and some are getting their start at a special gym in the city.

Last year, 30 New Hampshire pups traveled to the nationally known dog show in New York City to compete.

Aspiring owners who are looking to enter their furry companions in dog show competitions like the Westminster often start at the All Dog Inn in Manchester.

“As far as formally training for agility, I shoot for three times a week. I always get two. My dogs are whippets.They are sprinters, not endurance dogs. So we don’t need to do a lot of drills. We keep it light and fun.” said one customer, Christine Dame.

It is a sport that has increased exponentially over the years with 29 dog training facilities in New Hampshire.

“Over the years I have noticed a very large increase in people training, training centers, and
quite a few more than when I started doing agility training back in the 90s,” said trainer Tracy Bergeron.

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