Sport for Dogs

Looking for more to do with your dog? Sports are fun for owner and dog alike, you can be as casual or as competitive as you like with most of these fun activities.

  • Agility – derived from Equestrian Showjumping, Dog agility is an obstacle course for the dog to negotiate, with you as the navigator. Including tunnels, jumps, climbing frames and weaving poles.
  • Flyball – a relay race for the dogs over a series of five jumps to a Flyball box. The dog triggers the box to release a tennis ball and race back with the ball over the jumps to their owner.
  • Herding – traditional sheep herding within the confines of a large pen. There are classes and weekend training camps that you and your working breed can attend to learn and participate in actual sheep herding techniques.
  • Treiball – this is sheep herding minus the sheep. The urban “sheep” is a large gym ball which the dogs are taught to “herd” through a goal post. Great fun for many dogs and owners.
  • Dockdogs – long jump into water! Using a your dogs favourite water toy the dogs launch off a dock into a pool to retrieve their toy. The dog that jumps the greatest distance wins.
  • Nosework– (scent work) any dog that likes food can enjoy this sport. It involves teaching your dog how to search for food in various locations and in, under or around obstacles. The most thoughtful and methodical dogs often do well at this game.
  • Lure Coursing – not just for Greyhounds, this game involves chasing a “lure” or fake rabbit around a course. Any dog that likes to chase will love this sport.
  • Canine freestyle – often called “Dog Dancing” is a series of heelwork patterns and tricks that are performed to music to look like dancing.
  • DiscDogs – Frisbee lovers favourite sport! There are different classes involving Distance Throwing or Tricks / Flips to earn points against the clock.
  • Obedience – competitive Heelwork, Scent Discrimination and Stays are a large part of this sport, suitable for any breed to show case his obedience skills and learn new ones.
  • Rally-O – this is a less formalised version of competitive obedience involving less complicated heelwork and some stations where different activities are performed. This sport is also timed, giving the handler a sense of urgency as well as accuracy to be successful.
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