If you want to get out and do more exercise with your canine, try one of these many dog activities. Most are done off leash once you’ve trained your dog to a basic level of proficiency. The first five are Canine Sports and have various levels of competition you can enter from local trials to national shows. Any breed or size of dog can participate. Watch out – once you start you’ll become addicted! Listed are a brief description of each sport and local clubs that provide classes.
Freestyle combines obedience and agility training and allows for creative interaction between dog and owner through musical interpretation.
Nosework is a fast growing sport created to mimic professional detection dog tasks. Dogs must find a hidden target odor and then alert their handler.
Obedience trials test how well a dog is trained to behave at home, in public, and in the presence of other dogs.
Based on Obedience, this relatively new sport has competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel, executing up to 20 different skills.
Although this isn’t a sport, it’s a great way to be with your dog and do a community service at the same time. Therapy dogs are not service dogs. Along with their handler, they volunteer their time to bring comfort and joy to those in need. By being trained and certified with a local club, therapy dogs can visit nursing homes, hospitals, libraries and schools.
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