Do you love sports? Are you trying to get in shape? Why not take your dog with you?
Your imagination is the limit. If you can do it, then it's likely your dog can too. There are many competitive and non-competitive canine inclusive sports that can get you and your dog out and about. Take your dog cycling, jogging, hiking and much more. These classes will get you out of your home and on your next adventure. Check out the courses below.
All of our courses are designed for those wanting to play just for fun or enjoy novice levels of competition.
In lure coursing, dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, following a pattern that is meant to simulate live prey. A typical lure course is between 600 and 1000 yards long. The course motor pulls the lure through pulleys in the field in order to simulate prey such as a jack-rabbit or hare changing directions in a chase. Most dogs generally have no need to be trained or enticed to chase the lure since the desire to chase in instinctual. However, some breeds may require lure play to encourage them to follow an artificial object with enthusiasm.
The flirt pole has often been compared to an over sized cat toy. A flirt pole is a piece of exercise equipment for dogs that entices a dog to chase a fast moving lure. This equipment is often used to physically condition a dog and improve his or her skills for better performance in certain competitions, such as lure-coursing or Schutzhund. It can be used in distraction training, impulse control, endurance training, and just for fun.
Canine agility is one of the fastest growing sports in the last century. In this sport dogs work with their handlers to navigate an obstacle course as fast as possible. Dogs work off leash at handler direction to successfully complete each obstacle in a specific order against a timed run. Agility is a true team sport in which dog and handler work together. It demonstrates the handlers ability to train and cue the dog, and the dog's ability to recieve direction and demonstrate physical and mental prowess. It is a great exercise physically, mentally, and helps build stong bonds.
Trick training teaches your dog to perform feats of agility and strength. Trick training is great mental exercise that challenges your dog to perform in entertaining ways. Tricks vary from simple hand shakes and play dead, to advanced behaviors such as walking only on their front feet or doing backflips. Tricks can be worked onto a routine such as Cani-Dance or Frisbee (see below) or can be performed just for fun with friends and family. It is a great team exercise that demonstrates a trainers ability to work with their dog.
Everyone loves a frisbee dog! In this sport a handler thows a frisbee using various techniques for a canine reciever. These canines run long distances and perform great feats of acrobatic skill just to catch a frisbee. Frisbee competition is broken into two disciplines:
Distance and Accuracy - the handler thows a frisbee toward a target at increasingly greater distances with the goal of having the dog catch the frisbee as close to the center of a target zone as
Frisbee Dog Freestyle - the handler and dog put together a routine consisting of a series of canine tricks and throws, fitting in as many as the dog can catch within a timed performance.
There are many other sports out there for you and your canine companion to enjoy together.
• Cani-Cross teathers a trained dog to a runner for a marathon.
• Cani-Dance choreographs dance steps with cues in the ultimate trial of teamwork.
• Shutzhund sport tests the mental and physical limits of working dogs and their handlers.
• Barn Hunt puts your dog's nose to work as they track down vermin.
• Flyball is a team relay race where dogs retrieve over hurtles.
Whatever your fancy, there is a sport out there for you and your dog! Have Fun! Play! Learn! Train!