An Introduction to Dog Sports

 

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “you should do a dog sport with your dog”? Ever wondered what it means?

For years dogs have been bred to either work with or for humans. Dog sports are a great way to nurture the human/animal bond and continue to use and provide productive outlets for the specific skills the dog was bred with.

So what sports are available to me and my dog? Below are links and information about the most popular dog sports currently available in WA.

 

Agility – Is a sport where the dog is directed around an obstacle course by their owner (handler). Agility is a wonderful sport for most breeds that are structurally and physically capable of completing the obstacles.

What it looks like – click here

Where you can do it – click here

Herding – Is best suited to herding breed dogs such as Kelpies, Border Collies, Corgis, Koolies, etc. Herding teaches dog to control and work stock under the direction of their handler.

What it looks like – click here

Where you can do it – click here

Tracking – Dogs learn to use their amazing sense of smell, to follow a trail to find articles and the best reward of all, to find a track layer at the end. Handlers learn to read their dog’s body language, this enables them to trust their dog’s nose and follow them into the unknown – Trackwest.

What it looks like – click here

Where you can do it – click here

Nose work – Is a scent detection activity. Dogs use their noses to find a target odour – just like at the airports!

What it is and where you can do it –click here

Retrieving – Is where the dog is taught to hunt game in a simulated shooting situation.

What it looks like – click here

Where you can do it – click here

Dances with Dogs – Incorporates dog obedience moves and music.

What it looks like – click here

Where you can do it – click here

Sledding – Sled dog racing is where either one dog or a team pulls either a sled or for areas with no snow, a rig or scooter. The musher (the person who controls the team) stands on the back of the sled or rig or on the scooter – ASSA.

What it looks like – click here

Where you can do it – click here

 

Happy training!

About Dr Kate

Perth vet and proprietor of Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre and Dog Day Care, Dr Kate Lindsey completed a first class honours degree in zoology and neuroscience at UWA, followed by a veterinary degree with first class honours, at Murdoch. Since graduating in 2005, Dr Kate has worked as a vet in small animal practices around Perth. As her zoological roots show, she has always had an interest in animal behaviour. Dr Kate successfully completed a post-graduate program in veterinary behaviour medicine and was admitted as a member of The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Animal Behaviour in 2012. She is a qualified veterinarian behaviourist. Dr Kate established Kalmpets in 2012, Western Australia’s only sole focus mobile vet behaviour practice that delivered comprehensive solutions to improve behaviour problems in dogs, cats and pets.

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