What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

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What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby BabyReba » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:10 am

I figured I'd start this thread for people who aren't really sure what sports, exactly, they can participate in with their dogs. I'll get the list going with some stuff and whoever else is on can chime in with more information.

Agility:

We have a number of PBF members who compete in agility with their dogs. It's a sport that's open to both registered and rescue dogs, and there are a bunch of different organizations that put on agility trials. For more information, check out:
United States Dog Agility Association, http://www.usdaa.com, North American Dog Agility Council, http://www.nadac.com, UKC, http://www.ukcdogs.com, AKC, http://www.akc.org

Weight Pull:

Another sport that's popular with some PBF folks, and another that's open to both registered and rescue dogs. For more infoormation, try: Pull Doggies, http://www.pulldoggies.com, International Weight Pull Association, http://www.iwpa.net, American Pulling Alliance, http://www.weightpull.com, UKC, http://www.ukcdogs.com, ADBA, http://www.adbadogs.com

Rally Obedience:

A form of obedience in which dogs and handlers perform obedience tasks and routines based on signs posted at different stations. Another rescue-dog friendly sport. AKC Rally Page, http://www.akc.org/events/rally/index.cfm, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, http://www.apdt.com/rally/default.aspx, UKC Rally, http://www.ukcrallyobedience.com

Schutzhund:

A German three-phase sport conducted across three phases: Tracking, Obedience, and Protection. The sport was designed as a breed-suitability test for the German shepherd dog, but any dog that can do the work may participate, including mixed-breed dogs. DVG America, http://www.dvgamerica.com, United Schutzhund Clubs of America, http://www.germanshepherddog.com, American Working Dog Federation, http://www.awdf.net

There are many more activities and sports for dogs and their owners--obedience, tracking, skijoring, dock diving, K9 Nosework. If you have information about a particular sport people here might be interested, please post about it below. :)

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby ammadien » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:19 pm

Great post!

When I was researching WP a few years ago I thought I read that one group didn't allow altered animals to compete. If you say rescues and mixes are welcome does that go for altered pets too?(as I don't imagine you could get an unaltered rescue).

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby FransterDoo » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:38 pm

Flyball

Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball.

Flyball is run in teams of four dogs, as a relay. The course consists of four hurdles placed 10 feet (3 m) apart from each other, with the starting line six feet (1.8 m) from the first hurdle, and the flyball box 15 feet (4.5 m) after the last one, making for a 51-foot (15.5 m) length.

There are two sanctioning bodies:
North American Flyball Association (NAFA)
http://www.flyball.org

United Flyball League International (U-Fli)
http://www.u-fli.com

Flyball is open to all dogs including mixed breeds!

How do I find lessons?
Both U-Fli and NAFA have team location pages that list active clubs by state or region. The easiest way to find a club to take lessons with is to email clubs and ask if they are teaching lessons or know a club that is! Many times, it's a little bit of word of mouth but flyball folks are friendly and we love to introduce people to the sport.

Also, feel free to PM me and I'd be happy to connect PBF members with a team in their area!

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby ProudMommy77 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:00 am

ammadien wrote:Great post!

When I was researching WP a few years ago I thought I read that one group didn't allow altered animals to compete. If you say rescues and mixes are welcome does that go for altered pets too?(as I don't imagine you could get an unaltered rescue).

Nate


it was the ADBA, but I think that has long since changed. Now, if I remember correctly it's not open to non ADBA registered dogs. The AADR is open to everyone and all. The UKC if your dog is not UKC registered, but spayed or neutered you are elgible for a LP number. The IWPA is open to all and any. The NWDA also holds weight pulls, as well as Sport Work events.

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby ammadien » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:26 pm

^ thanks, figured it was just old information from an obsolete source, but just thought I'd check. Thanks for the other organizations too!

Nate

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby pacopoe » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:54 pm

K9 Nose Work

It's a relatively new-is sport (as in, recently formalized) and differs from traditional tracking in that dogs primarily air scent. You can read about it here: http://www.funnosework.com/

It's a great outlet for dogs who cannot handle strenuous physical sports, who are reactive around other dogs, who have fear issues, etc. It exercises both body and mind, builds confidence, and is something you can do in the comfort of your own home without the need for a great deal of specialized equipment.

Here is a quick video of my dog (non-pb, she's a xolo) doing a run in the 5th lesson of our introductory course. She is reactive to other dogs, there are two dogs in crates in the room.


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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby MikeInTacoma » Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:47 am

That looks like a lot of fun! But it kind of looks like she's checking out likely hiding spots, rather than sniffing the air to find the target?

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Postby pacopoe » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:25 am

wegobad wrote:That looks like a lot of fun! But it kind of looks like she's checking out likely hiding spots, rather than sniffing the air to find the target?


Exactly. Depending on the dog and the progress, you teach them that things get hidden in a box, then you slowly transition the dog outside of the box. This was the first week we used props besides the box. Each dog works differently, some dogs make one super slow pass around the room, air scenting, investigating, further exploring. Xdog like to make several passes, go check everything out, but if you notice (it's a little far away so hard to tell) the last time she goes past the place where it's hidden she does catch it and go back. As the dog gets more advanced they are able to air scent from further away. Right now she's in the pre-school of nosework lol

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby lucia » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:23 pm

Racing: (lure coursing, sprint racing, oval racing)
All Breed Lure Sport Association
http://www.ablsa.webs.com

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby WackyJacki » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:38 am

pacopoe wrote:
wegobad wrote:That looks like a lot of fun! But it kind of looks like she's checking out likely hiding spots, rather than sniffing the air to find the target?


Exactly. Depending on the dog and the progress, you teach them that things get hidden in a box, then you slowly transition the dog outside of the box. This was the first week we used props besides the box. Each dog works differently, some dogs make one super slow pass around the room, air scenting, investigating, further exploring. Xdog like to make several passes, go check everything out, but if you notice (it's a little far away so hard to tell) the last time she goes past the place where it's hidden she does catch it and go back. As the dog gets more advanced they are able to air scent from further away. Right now she's in the pre-school of nosework lol


I like this! I've taught Stella to sniff stuff out at home on que as a way to tire that brain of hers out. ;)

I'd love to get her into agility, but she's DA and I know she would just flip out... ugh.

I'm going to look into this and see if I can find anything similar around here!

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby WackyJacki » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:39 am

que = cue*

me = stoopid.

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby APBT<3er » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:10 pm

How do you get the dog interested in finding the object?? I would love to start this with Dolly - seems like I could do this in our back yard after a good walk. Its a good way for her to wind down, and burn some mental energy!!

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby markschuette » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:06 pm

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby Nichole » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:53 pm

While your scooters are cool, they are not a sport

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Re: What Sports Can I Do With My Dog?

Postby BabyReba » Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:36 am

Mark,

You are welcome to discuss your product here where appropriate, but please do not spam the forum with advertisements or we'll have to curb your posting rights and delete your posts.

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