Are you looking for a new way to have some fun with your dog, while getting him some exercise? There are tons of great sports out there for you to try – let’s take a look at three fun, popular dog sports.
Agility is a great sport which exposes your dog to many different obstacles, including teeter-totters, jumps, weave poles, tunnels, and ramps. Much training is required before competing in agility, as dogs must learn how to navigate the different obstacles. Owners (or handlers) race alongside the dogs throughout the course, so your dog must learn to read your signals quickly and accurately, even when he’s excited and in the midst of racing around a course. Agility is a fast-paced, high-energy sport; a dog who best navigates the course quickly and with great accuracy comes out the winner.
Dock diving is a sport which first appeared in 1997 and has since greatly grown in popularity. If your dog loves water and fetch, then dock diving combines the best of both worlds. The dock, usually between 30 and 40 feet long, is covered in a surface, such as carpeting or fake turf, which will give the dog traction. The goal is for your dog to jump the farthest from the end of the dock. Owners stand near the end of the dock and throw a toy, such as a ball or Frisbee, far out into the water, with the dogs launching out after the toy. Some owners have their dogs sit and then release them to “catch” the toy, while others let the dogs race down most of the length of the dock. It’s a fast-paced, fun sport to watch!
If your dog loves fetch, chances are he’ll probably love flyball. This sport is open to all dogs, regardless of pedigree or size. Flyball matches consist of teams of four dogs. The teams compete against each other over a course of obstacles, with the four members of the team running the course as a relay. The team with the lowest time wins. Flyball courses contain four obstacles set over a 51-foot course. Each team’s first dog begins at the start line, races through the course and over the obstacles, and steps on a box at the end of the course, releasing a tennis ball. The dog grabs the tennis ball, races back through the course, and past the start line – where the next dog in the team may begin its course.If you’re interested in learning more about these sports, there are plenty of resources available through both national and local groups geared toward each type of competition.
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