Labrador retriever from Norman is American Kennel Club's 2013 national agility champion

Henry, a black Labrador retriever owned by Dennis Butler of Norman and Hubert Bereman of Oklahoma City, is the American Kennel Club's 2013 national champion agility dog. The 8-year-old Labrador won the title last month at the American Kennel Club's National Agility Championships in Tulsa.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 20, 2013

Henry, a black Labrador retriever owned by Dennis Butler of Norman and Hubert Bereman of Oklahoma City, is the American Kennel Club's 2013 national champion agility dog.

The 8-year-old Labrador won the title last month at the American Kennel Club's National Agility Championships in Tulsa.

Henry was competing in five rounds against all breeds in the 20-inch preferred class, which requires dogs to navigate obstacle courses and jump 20-inch hurdles with as few errors as possible.

The courses include various forms of jumps, tunnels, weave poles, teeters and other obstacles designed to test a dog's speed, agility and discipline.

Henry is trained by Butler and his wife, Kris, owners of the American Dog Obedience Center in Norman.

“Henry is our first agility dog,” said Dennis Butler, who has been working with dogs for 30 years but only started agility training with Henry five years ago. “He is an athletic and high-drive animal, but he maintains that lovable Labrador personality.”

Butler has owned Henry since he was a pup. He was born from field trial royalty. His sire, FC AFC Fordland's Bored Out Ford, was a 2011 inductee into the Bird Dog Foundation's Retriever Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Henry originally competed in field trials, but on a whim the Butlers decided to see how Henry would perform on an agility course.


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