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Try a Dog Sport This Summer

Written by on July 17, 2019

Are you looking for a fun outing where you and your dog can bond? Try one of these dog sports!

Agility
Dogs run with their handlers through a timed obstacle course.
American Kennel Club (AKC) Agility 
North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) 
United Stated Dog Agility Association (USDAA)

Dock Diving
Dogs compete in jumping for distance or height over a body of water.
Dock Dogs 
North America Diving Dogs (NADD)

Flyball
Dogs race across hurdles to grab a tennis ball and return to the start line in a relay race.
North American Flyball Association (NAFA) 
United Flyball League International (U-FLI) 

Herding
Dogs work under their handler’s guidance to herd animals, typically ducks or sheep.
American Herding Breed Association (AHBA) 
American Kennel Club (AKC) Herding

Lure Coursing
Dogs chase a mechanically operatured lure.
American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) 
American Kennel Club (AKC) Lure Coursing
United Kennel Club (UKC) 

Nose Work
Dogs search for scents in different environments.
American Kennel Club (AKC) Scent Work
National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW)
United Kennel Club (UKC)

Obedience
Dogs complete a specific routine of behaviors to showcase their training.
American Kennel Club (AKC) Obedience 
The Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) 
C-Wags Obedience 
United Kennel Club (UKC)

Rally Obedience 
A test of obedience-like behaviors, but in a course format.
American Kennel Club (AKC) Rally 
The Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA)
C-Wags Rally 
United Kennel Club (UKC) 
World Cynosport Rally 

These are all great sites to get started on your search for the sport that both you and your dog will enjoy. You can also ask your veterinarian, groomer or neighbor for recommendations.


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