There are many dog sports: agility, dog dancing or canicross. Overview of dog sports.
Dogs need to train. And if the daily walks are not enough for your dog, or if you just want him to be able to rub shoulders with other dogs or learn while having fun, you can choose a dog sport. There are many custom sports disciplines that will delight your dog (and you). Disciplines that are not only good for your dog’s physical health but also for his well-being, for his education, for his relationship with you (his master), for his relationship with other dogs. Overview of dog sports.
Agility, a sport that suits all dogs
Originating in England, agility is one of the most popular dog sports around the world. It is a speed sport: the dogs have to cross a series of obstacles (walls, decks, tunnel, swing, table, etc.) over a distance of one or two hundred meters. They are accompanied by their masters, who guide them with voice or gesture, but who are not allowed to use rewards, strings or clickers (props are not allowed). The goal for the dogs is to complete the course as quickly as possible, without avoiding difficulties and without making mistakes.
- Agility allows the dog and his master to exert themselves, it is a sport for dogs and for humans
- Agility strengthens the bond of obedience between dog and master
- Agility is suitable for (almost) all dogs, regardless of size or breed, with adapted courses
Agility is an obstacle course / Credit: Unsplash
Like agility, dog biathlon is an obstacle course, but over a (much) longer distance: between six and eleven kilometers. Dogs have to cross water basins, pass over tree trunks or even crawl through tunnels and follow their masters cycling and running.
- The master spends as much as his dog on dog biathlon
- The dog biathlon is ideal for developing the bond between master and dog and for training young dogs.
While the dogs run, the masters ride mountain bikes / Credit: Unsplash
The Cani Cross
Cani-cross is a long-distance race in which the driver is connected to his dog by means of an elastic leash attached to his belt. The dog pulls its master, therefore the rhythm of the race is given by the dog. Most of the time, the races are held in nature, especially in the woods.
- Cani-cross is ideal for sports champions
Another kind of race, this time without the champions, on the way. The dogs are sent out on a racetrack in search of a dummy rabbit. This is a dog speed sport.
- Coursing is a sport that is extremely suitable for greyhounds
- Dog sports allow dogs to reach top speeds that they may not necessarily reach on walks (especially in the city)
- Coursing is easy for the champion who does not run
Digility is a non-competitive version of agility: No stopwatch, dogs have all the time they need to reach the end of an obstacle course.
- Digility is centered on the dogs’ pleasure and amusement
- The sport is suitable for older dogs, dogs with reduced mobility, and owners who do not want / can run too much
Dock diving (or dock jumping)
Dock diving for dogs consists of jumping into the water from a seesaw at a height of sixty centimeters. The goal: to start and jump as far as possible. To motivate the animal, the master throws a toy into the water.
- Dock diving is an ideal sport for dogs who love water
- Dogs with joint problems can practice dock diving
- The sport can be practiced by dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages
Dock diving is ideal for dogs who love water / Credit: Unsplash
Frisbee dog (or dish dog)
As the name suggests, the Frisbee Dog is made with a frisbee. The dog and the handler are in teams: The handler throws the frisbee and the dog picks it up. Frisbee Dog competitions exist, the masters and their dogs then make artistic figures.
- Frisbee dog is a sport that is especially appreciated by playful dogs
- The jumps that dogs perform to catch frisbees can damage the joints of canines, so dog sports are not recommended for very large or very heavy dogs.
The Frisbee dog allows dogs to play and exercise / Credit: Unsplash
Flyball, a team game
Flyball is a dog sport played on teams. Two teams of six dogs and their six champions compete in a relay race. A first dog walks, crosses several obstacles to a ball machine, which he activates with the paw, catches the ball and returns to the starting line, the second dog then hurries into the same lane, and so on.
- Flyball is an ideal dog sport for socializing dogs (and their masters)
- The flyball is especially recommended for training dogs or puppies
Flyball is a team sport / Credit: Unsplash
Man trailing, a treasure hunt
Mantrailing is a dog sport, which consists of dogs following a track by sniffing the tracks left in the air or on the ground on a track.
- Mantrailing is especially recommended for training hunting dogs
- Sport allows dogs to develop their sense of smell
Obedience, a sport to train your dog
Obedience, as the name of this dog sport suggests, consists in working on the dog listening to his master, with simple commands such as “sit”, “heel” or “stop”, but also the dog must also bring objects back and obey his master , even at a distance.
- The sport is ideal for teaching dogs and puppies
- Some dog breeds are more obedient or more likely to please their master so they will appreciate obedience
Obérythmée (or dog dance)
Like obedience, obedience is a sport based on listening to the master’s commands. And the goal is to create a choreography between the master and the dog by getting the animal to jump, turn, run to music.
- The choreographies of the Obérythme can be customized so that all dogs can participate regardless of size, weight, age
- Easier with obedient dogs, oberhythmia can help with training
- The masters dance too
Whatever dog sport you choose to practice with your dog, you can find dog clubs or dog schools in your area to allow your pet to train, learn and have fun.
Register your dog for a dog sport, he will be happy / Credit: Unsplash
Overview of all dog sports