Dogs take over DECC in Duluth this weekend

By KBJR News 1

July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- More than 900 dogs of all kinds strutted their stuff and were on their best behavior at the annual Duluth Kennel Club Dog Show at the DECC.

"You want to breed champions, and this proves that they're exceptional quality dogs," said Barb Peterson, Dog Show Chairman.

More than 150 breeds of dogs showcased their talents on and off leashes...jumping, retrieving, dropping and obeying their handler's various commands

Meet Swagger, a 3-year-old male Old English Sheep Dog who is in the middle of hours of pampering to hit the ring for competition.

"I get him all brushed out I bathe his feet and his mouth just to make sure they're extra clean because they do get dirty from walking and eating and drinking and then I get him all poofed out," said Swagger's owner Colton Johnson.

Swagger won best of show at Thursday's Duluth dog show, and is currently placed as one of the top two all-breed dogs in the country after winning reserve best in show at the Westminster Dog Show.

"It was cool because he was only 20 months old, his second dog show ever," said Johnson.

Someone hoping to follow in Johnson's footsteps is 12-year-old Garrett Laplante.

"This is my first time showing a dog," said Garrett Laplante.

Laplante has always sat on the sidelines at dog shows, but this time he took his long-haired chihuaha and hit the ring...and so far, his hard work is paying off.

"I got second place," said Laplante.

Categories for obedience, agility, and rally trials are all parts of the dog show.

The dog show runs now through Sunday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com