Canine sports such as agility, noseworks, and flyball are excellent ways to keep you and your dog active, teach your dog confidence and control, and solidify your bond with your pet. They can be a great family activity, and children in particular often gain a lot of confidence and control themselves by training their dog for a sport.
I initially put my corgi Ty in agility because he was shy and fearful. By learning skills such as walking a dog walk or going over a teeter totter, he gained much-needed confidence. Meanwhile, my corgi Eve, who is a non-stop ball of energy and not afraid of anything, is learning patience and control in noseworks.
Classes for canine sports are offered in most cities, although some, like herding and treibball, can be a bit harder to find . While many canine sports appear difficult, most actually are not that hard to learn. Competition is also not required. Many people take classes without any intention of competing. But if you do like to compete, there are usually opportunities to do so even at beginning levels. Best of all, in most sports, any breed or mixed breed can take part!
Here are eight popular canine sports. Which one is right for you?
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