13 Apr

Participating in canine sports is often not just about winning ribbons or trophies, either (although a healthy competitive spirit doesn’t hurt). Most dog owners say it’s the many personal rewards that keep them coming back event after event. And, we often hear that the friendships with other dog owners that are developed at these events are as important as the events themselves.

It’s one of the best ways to deeply bond with your dog. It’s great exercise. And it just might be one of the most personally rewarding endeavors of your life.

Something special happens between owners and their dogs when they train for an event. As you and your dog develop the skills necessary for each sport – and then demonstrate what you’ve learned – you experience a sense of accomplishment like no other. With your dog beside you at each turn, you become a true team in every sense of the word.

Trial means “competition” Conformation is the official word for “dog shows” If you get really into canine sports, you might call yourself a “fancier.” Competitors are called “exhibitors”

There are four basic types of Sporting dogs; spaniels, pointers, retrievers and setters. Known for their superior instincts in wate… More. Naturally active and alert, Sporting dogs make likeable, well-rounded companions. 

Some of the benefits you can gain from getting involved in dog sports include a stronger bond with your dog, a better-behaved canine companion, new friendships, and a healthier lifestyle for both you and your dog.

The Top 11 Dog Competition Types in the U.S.

  1. Barn Hunt
  2. Agility
  3. Nose Work
  4. Dock Diving
  5. Obedience
  6. Lure Corsing
  7. Flyball
  8. Rally
  9. Disc Dog
  10. Trick Dog
  11. Freestyle

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