Introduction to Canine Sports
Prerequisite: Dogs must be over 1 year old. Basic Manners or equivalent class. Ability to focus on handler while distracted. Owners must have a good sense of humor and the ability to have fun with their dog!
This class with cover a broad range of canine sports including: Agility, Flyball, Rally O, K9 Nosework, and Disc Dog. We’ll dip into to basics of each and then show you where to go if you are interested in taking it to the next level!
Agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles.
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.
Rally obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience. It was originally devised by Charles L. “Bud” Kramer from the obedience practice of “doodling” – doing a variety of interesting warm up and freestyle exercises.
Unlike regular obedience, instead of waiting for the judge’s orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course.
K9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity that all dogs and people can enjoy. The sport was created to provide an opportunity for the companion and sport dog to have an outlet for their natural hunting and scenting abilities.
Disc dog (commonly called Frisbee dog) is a dog sport. In disc dog competitions, dogs and their human flying disc throwers compete in events such as distance catching and somewhat choreographed freestyle catching.
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