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3,000 dogs put though their paces at agility trials

Thousands of dogs from all over the world are competing in the Kennel Club International Agility Festival at Rockingham in Northamptonshire. Photo: ITV News Anglia

It's an event which tests the agility of the dogs and sometimes the patience of their owners.

Thousands of canines from all over the world are competing in the Kennel Club International Agility Festival held in the grounds of Rockingham Castle near Corby in Northamptonshire.

With boundless enthusiasm, great agility, glossy hair and shiny noses, more than 3,000 dogs are taking part.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

The festival is now in its 13th year and has a record-breaking entry of 3,170 hounds from countries as far away as China and the United States of America.

With the additional dogs competing this year, two extra rings will be added to the previous 16 in order to hold over 200 separate classes, which will feature dogs of all agility grades and sizes.

70 judges from all over the world will be attending over the four days, marking everyone from top agility competitors to novice handlers and their dogs.

There are 18 rings and 200 competition classes at the dog agility event. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Agility is the most popular dog sport in the UK and is a brilliant way to keep fit and healthy with your dog.

"It's one of the highlights of the agility calendar and a fantastic weekend or day out for all the family."

– Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival runs until to Sunday 13 August.