Monday, 25 April 2011

Which Dog Sport do you choose?

Hi all, thank you for all your lovely comments on the training photo's. The human has been adding a list of training sites onto our page and we thought we'd tell you a little about some of the things you could get involved in. There are so many choices for dogs these days and you can choose what suits your human best, some aren't built for running round an agility course but might enjoy something like Rally O.
We're sure you've all seen this on TV, Dog agility involves the dog negotiating anything up to 20 obstacles against the clock, the fastest clear round is the winner. The quickest fastest dogs are often Collies although many other breeds do really well at this., and there are competitions for ABC (anything but collies) We know many Miniature Schnauzers who love agility and do really well in competition, our human did this in the past but said she's too slow these days!!! Here's our friend Darwin doing some practise in his garden:
Darwin looks so happy!
CaniX as it's written is quite new to the UK. It's basically running with your human, and you can be any shape, any size, any age, all abilities are catered for. We think this looks fantastic fun! You can enter CaniX races with no special equipment, just a collar and lead although most tend to wear special harnesses which make sure you don't lose your human and they have their arms free. This is a short video of a demonstration at Crufts, some of these look pretty serious,
Dog Obedience has been a popular dog sport in this country for many years and most people will find an Obedience club somewhere near them. Often handlers will take the Good Citizen tests and enjoy the sport and decide to take it further because they and their dog enjoy it, small exemption shows often have Obedience competitions where people and dogs get a taste for it...working all the way up to Crufts and International Championships of course!
Rally O
This sport involves you and your human navigating a course with numbered signs, at each of these signs you do a different exercise such as, Sit, Down Sit, Straight, figure 8, Send over Jump, Recall over Jump, Left Turn. This is done in teams and is one continuous performance, your human is encouraged to talk to you in encouragement during the performance. We found this video of a Mini competing - wowser!!!
There are many more sports and hobbies you can try, Working Trials, Schutzhund, Showing of course and many more. There are links on the right to all the websites for these activities which are great fun to read. To finish we thought we'd show you a game our friends Darwin and Mia invented! It's hunt the treat in amongst all these pool balls!!! Don't know if they've given it a name but what fun!!
Darwin & Mia's new sport of Pool Balls!!!
 We've only shown you a few here but will look at more in weeks to come. Now, what sport do you enjoy and are there any you'd like to try?


Magic said...

Hi guys - thank you for your message. It is so hot here I can't even think about doing training. Luckily our classes are closed for Easter but I like all the pictures - Magic x

SAS....Sammy, Andy and Shelly said...

Our fav is really Darwin and Mia's new sport of Pool Balls!!!!!!!


Remington said...

Hi Remington here! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to meet you. What is my favorite dog sport? Football.... Once you get to know me you will understand.... You have a very cool blog. I am going to follow, not around your kitchen....just in Blogland....I hope we can be great friends!

Schnauzer Days said...

Hi SAS and great to see you Remington. Is that American football or proper football you love - hee hee ;-) - look forward to being great blogmates! Dex & Louis x

Sonic said...

My favorite sport is couch-running! I run around the coffee table, then I jump on the couch and try to run along the edge without falling off!

My Humans took me to a couple of agility classes, but I get lazy and run around the jumps instead of over them.


Lavi said...

Hello, nice to meet you! Thanks for dropping by my blog!

We don't have a lot of special courses for dogs here, but we love running around the block together. Also, fetch is always a favourite game.

George the Lad said...

Thanks for popping by my blog and following me I'm following you back :) so will pop in from time to time and see what you get up to.
This is an intresting post, mom would have to work on my down stay I have a mind of my own ;) the sport I enjoy is pinching anything of their's and play catch me if you can lol!!!
Have a Good Week
See Yea George xxx

Oskar said...

I'd like to be trained enough to get my CGC, but I think I would love to try agility if my mom person were up for it. That ball bin looks like a blast.

Nubbin wiggles,

Frankie Furter said...

HI... I think my favorite sport is...
syncronized NAPPING. hehehe

3 doxies said...

A dachshund trained???? Bwhahahahahahahaha...ain't gonna happen. Howevers, when I was a puppy my mum looked into Earthdog training and trials but they didn't hold them near us. I thnks I would haves been excellent at it.

PS: Yea, Remington is real big into football...da American version:)

Suka said...

Cool post! If my human could have her way, she would have me in all of these, especially Obedience. As if I am not obedient enough. ;->

I think they all look fun, especially Darwin and Mia's sport! My fav sport is running next to my human while she kicks a ball and then I get to run ahead of her to get the ball. It is really fun, but she always poops out before I am done playing.


Rocket Roxie said...

I think agility is FABULOUS!!!
Well I'm pretty good at obedience.
I am all for obedience. But knowing my kennel mate Dyno all of those things call for physical movement so he would choose none! LOL!!!

Sagira said...

Paws down...AGILITY!

Tessa the Maltese said...

Well I really loves my Obedience. The more I learn the better I can takes care of my Mom!

woo woos, Tessa

Mr. Pip said...

Oh no, I am not good at any of these things. I am a very nice doggie, does that count?

Your pal, Pip

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog - nice to meet you too.

We wish our Momster were a lot younger because Thunder and Ciara might really enjoy agility or rally-o. Actually our favorite might be that last one with all the balls - hope there is more than one treat in there:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

scotsmad said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog. We love to meet new pups. Those sports look interesting, but we just like going for long walks, chasing cats....or lizards....or bugs..... and the occasional paddle in the river.

Hope to hear more of your adventures.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Santa, Minnie and Christmas said...

Oh wow, those are some great sports we would like to do! But first, we should try Darwin & Mia's Pool Balls...hehehe...

Schnauzer Days said...

It's been great to see you all, big wave to all our new friends too! Mr Pip, being a nice dog is more important than any of these things, and we love long walks more than anything in the world Daisy, Kendra & Bella! (apart from barking at the pesky postman who just keeps coming back however many times we tell him!)

Hepreece said...

Wow Mia, look lots of other wufsters like our cool game of ball pool. Don't worry guys there are lots of treats in there - Mum says it's a good way of making us hunt for our dinner. She is teaching us another game called push ball but we can't use our paws so we will let Dexter and Louis know how we get on.

Patti and DeBoys said...

What Sport Do We Choose -- that is a loaded question -- well be dip our toes in several different sports: SWIMMING, Fly-ball, Agility, RallyO, Obedience and being a Therapy Dog.

We find that we like to try just about anything and are open minded -- we just want to have FUN! said...

Hi, we hopped on over from Peggy's Pet Place. Glad to find you.

We choose none of the above. We are ourdoorsy types and our dog sport is hiking....which is a kind of agaility if you see the stuff Chester and Gretel climb up and over :)

Roo said...

Love the dunking for treats game! I got to play a new game called 'biscuit hunt' over Easter. I found them all ;)

All of these activities sound like a blast. I've tried a bit of the agility and enjoyed it. If I could get over my reactivity issues, I think I'd really like to try flyball :)

Waggin at ya,

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Hi - thanks for stopping by my blog - it's nice to meet you guys! I love agility but I like tricks and obedience too and I am thinking of trying treibball!

Miss Kodee said...

I'd love to learn agility but since that is not happening lol perhaps rally! I noticed your video was from Canada :) One other favourite dog sport I love to watch is Canine Dance.