K9 Obedience Trials
The American Kennel Club offers obedience titles to any dog meeting the requirements - even your mutt can be awarded the coveted Canine Good Citizen title!
Probably the most popular K9 event, agility trials match your dog's speed and skill against a course. Handler skills are important and agility training is a great way to develop a strong working bond with your dog.
These engaging events give your dog a chance to excel in the area he or she was bred for! Whether it's herding, hunting, lure coursing, or field trials, these breed specific challenges will bring out the best in your dog.
For fun summer fun consider formal or informal DockDogs competition where points are awarded for long jumps and crowd appreciation rewards smooth style!
Snow sports like mushing and skijoring keep the fun going year round for thick coated dogs and owners with high cold tolerance!
There are competitions for more usual things like - yes, really - K9 dancing, treibball (essentially 1 dog soccer), and Frisbee catching (points for height and style!). If your dog can do it, there's probably a club dedicated to it and if not, don't let that stop you from having fun with your dog playing by your own rules!
Our canine companions make great friends, but they can also make great athletes! Did you know there are numerous competitions and sports for dogs? Participating in these events is a great way to bond with your dog, develop a working relationship, and keep a dog engaged to prevent boredom and destructive behaviors. Whether you're an amateur team using this as a weekend hobby or competing at a national level, check out some fun events for you and your dog:
More information about these events can be found online, through local clubs and chapters, or breed associations. Whatever your sport, get active with your pooch for some dog-gone good fun!
The articles posted here are from the doctors and staff of Cedar County Veterinary Services.