Pink the cocker spaniel, who was competing in the fifth annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster in New York City on Saturday, flies over the dog walk obstacle in a previous competition. "I'm privileged to have her as a teacher, really".
Ahead of the Westminster Dog Show, "Meet the Breeds" lets people meet and play with more than 100 different breeds. Jefe is handled by Liza Buckner of Sebastopol, California.
"I've been competing in agility for years, and I try to come here every year", said another.
Dogs will be judged in categories like Best of Breed and Best Puppy. "We're normally just normal people... that love our dogs and go out on the weekend and show [them]".
She never envisioned herself doing something like this before adopting the mixed-breed dog and seeing her jump over benches and weave around people at a pooch park.
The prestigious Westminster show added agility in 2014. A 1-year-old pekingese named Chuckie won the toy dog group.
Owner Steve Garcia got Chester as a pet, with no thought of dog sports until he saw how much the Doberman seemed to enjoy a basic obedience class.
Agility winners so far have all been purebred.
Kaboom the border collie, seen at left, was defending his championship title in the agility championship on Saturday.
Some dogs have to overcome built-in agility challenges.
On the other end of the lankiness spectrum is Spec the longhaired dachshund - or "the Weavin' Weiner", as owner Carole Krivanich calls him. And then there's his scent hound's nose.
Handlers praise agility as an outlet for highly-energy dogs, a confidence-builder for shy ones and an activity that forges a special canine-human connection.