Dog Sports & Fun Things You Can Do With Your Dog
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A dog sport competition where the dog is judged according to it's breed standard. Yes, it is like the Westminster you see on TV. The dog must "show stack", stay for exam and gait properly for it's breed. A sport for the whole family, starting with Junior Handlers at 9 years of age. For adults there is no age limit as long as you can run around a ring with your dog.
Agility is a FUN competitive sport for dogs. The owner and dog team make their way through an obstacle course made up of jumps, tunnels, weave polls, teeter totter and ramps. You can train for fun or compete in Agility trials. Either way it is a great activity for you to do with your dog.
Tracking has historically been an essential skill for dogs to survive in the wild, through hunting and tracking down potential prey. Although the domesticated dog has his food handed to him, the sport of tracking is to show your dog's natural ability to follow a scent over various kinds of terrain. In this sport the dog is in charge and the owner does not give instructions to the dog.
A rewarding experience, for you and your dog. Therapy dogs and their owners volunteer at schools, hospitals, and nursing homes to improve the lives of other people. There are READ Therapy dogs that help with a child who is having difficulties learning to read or there are Therapy Dogs who visit seniors in nursing homes, or patients at the hospital.
Lure coursing was started as a trial or test for "Sight Hounds" to show their instinct to chase a rabbit or small prey animal. It is now open to other breeds as well. In this test there is a large open field with a system of mechanized lures and pulleys that simulate the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Dogs are evaluated for their skill to follow the lure, with speed, agility, endurance, and overall ability while it zigzags around the field.
Canine Good Citizen
The CGC Program teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. This is a 10-step Canine Good Citizen test that tests your dogs ability to interact with people and another leashed canine. This is a non-competitive test for all dogs, soley based on their merits. Open to all dogs including purebreds and mixed breeds. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups.
Junior Showmanship is a sport for young people (called "Juniors") in which they learn to train and exhibit their dog, while honing their handling skills. The competition is held at Conformation dog shows. In regular Conformation classes the dog is judged according to their breed standard, whereas in Junior Showmanship the young handlers are judged according to their skill in handling their dog.
Barn Hunt is a sport based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of rodents and vermin. It is a test of their instinct to find the "Rat". The goal is for the dogs ro locate rats (safely enclosed in aerated tubes) hidden in a straw/hay bale maze. It's a timed event with 3 different dog height divisions. Teams can get titles, placements, and championships.
Field Trials are a competitive sport where you use your dogs hunting training and skills to earn titles. There are breed specific and group specific field trials such as Pointing Breed Field Trials, Retriever Field Trials, Beagle Field Trials and Spaniel Field Trials. Spaniels competing in trials will be judged on game-finding ability, steadiness and retrieving. In a Beagle Hound Field Trial, dogs run in packs of two or more to follow a rabbit or hare. Pointing breed field trials allow a dog to work in the field and be judged in a competitive setting covering a lot of open ground in a short time.