Sports and Activities

Whatever your interest, it's always best if you discover which one your dog enjoys. Explore various activities, and discover your dog's niche. These are some suggestions and information about how you might get started.


Exercise
Regular exercise benefits both the average companion dog and sport dog. The mental stimulation, relief, and physical challenge will help keep your dogs body and mind in the right condition. Many behavior problems are rooted in a lack of an outlet for the dogs natural instincts. Dogs that have access to regular activity may cope better with stress that can be a trigger for other issues. Once a problem behavior cycle starts, exercise, though not a cure alone, is a great asset to any behavior modification program. Even the competitive sports need a regular program of exercise to maintain their conditioning and prevent injury.  

 
 

 


K9 Nose Work®
Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The activity and sport of K9 Nose Work is built around developing your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. It’s a great way for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy.

Advanced K9 Nose Work focuses on increasing your dog’s scent discrimination skills, adding special target odors to the search.

Find out more at www.k9nosework.com or www.nacsw.net (for the sport of K9 Nose Work)

 


Agility
Agility focuses on dogs physical ability to navigate and run through and over various obstacles. The sport of agility is run by various organizations that have particular guidelines for each venue. Agility jumps are also part of other working dog sports such as Ring Sport, Working Trials and IPO. For more information on competitive agility, here are some of the national agility organizations: visit www.usdaa.com, www.akc.org/events/agility/, www.k9cpe.com, www.nadac.com

 

 

 


Protection sports
Protection sports include a variety of official sports including IPO, Ring Sport (Mondioring, French Ring, etc), PSA, etc. They are centered around guarding type breeds like German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Dobermans, Rottweiler, etc. Each sport tests the dog on a combination of skills covering obedience, protecting the handler, and tracking (IPO), and all with a good and sound temperament. Teams must pass all phases of the competitive to receive titles of proficiency. The various sports provide a great outlet for dogs with tremendous energy and toy drive, channeling their natural instincts. The goal of each of these sports is to demonstrate a high level of control, safety and level headedness in the work with the dog. For more information on various protection sports: www.usmondioring.org, www.ringsport.org, www.germanshepherddog.com, www.dvgamerica.com

 
 

 


Herding
Herding, done professionally, competitively and just for fun is the activity some dogs were made for. A great outlet for the natural instincts of so many breeds. Sheepherding is one of the more commonly known herding activities but herding can start with ducks, move on to sheep, or cattle. There are also now sports that tap into some of those instincts including Treibball (www.americantreibballassociation.org/)
For more information on herding, www.ahba-herding.org, www.herdingontheweb.com/programs.htm

 
 

 



OTHER SPORTS & ACTIVITIES TO TRY
(more information to come)
Treibball, Fly Ball, Carting, Earthdog, Field Trials, Lure Coursing and more.