Spring is in the air, which probably means you’re spending more time outside with your best friend and we don’t blame you.
If you’re looking for something new to try with your pup this spring, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to share with you 5 canine sports that you and your dog should try and we’ve even got a way for you to try one of them for free.
Below are 5 canine sports all of which you can train and compete at different levels. So whether you just want to have fun or you’re looking to become a serious competitor, there’s something for everyone.
This is the perfect warm weather sport for your water loving dog. In dock diving, dogs compete in jumping for distance or height into a body of water from a raised dock/platform. There’s also a game called speed retrieve in some venues which is a timed event where dogs must jump, then swim to the far end of the pool and swim back the fastest.
This is a sport that allows your dog us use his natural desire to hunt while harnessing his unique ability to detect scents and determine their source. Your dog will learn to find one of three scents in different elements such as indoors, outdoors, containers and vehicles.
Rally (rally obedience) is an obedience based sport. Unlike traditional obedience, rally competitors navigate a course with their dog in a heel position while performing obedience commands at “stations” they approach, instead of waiting for a judge to instruct them. It’s a more lighthearted sport where handlers are allowed to encourage and talk to their dogs on course, making it fun for you and your pup to show off all those obedience skills.
Does your dog LIVE for his tennis ball? Then he’ll absolutely love playing flyball with you. This relay race sport is where two teams of dogs race over hurdles to retrieve a ball the quickest. Run, jump, fetch, retrieve… it’s basically your dogs to-do list every day already.
Agility is where you train to handle your dog through an obstacle course. When competing, teams are judged on both time and accuracy through different courses. It’s a fun sport that can be practiced with all kinds of dogs, no matter their size. You and your dog will have to navigate a variety of obstacles such as tunnels, teeter-totters, jumps, weave poles and more. It’s a great source of both mental and physical stimulation for your dog.
Starting today (29 March, 2019) through 5 April, 2019, any purchase over $30 from ZUMI will receive a free one month premium membership to OneMind Dogs!
OneMind Dogs offer an online educational platform for agility that’s great for any level of competition, whether you’re just getting started or you’re a seasoned trainer. Checkout Onemind Dogs to learn more about their method and take a peek at some of their material.
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