Agility and Obedience - Two Popular Canine Sports For You and Your Dog to Enjoy

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In order for you and your dog to be involved with and get great enjoyment from sports you need to familiarize yourself with the physical ability and interests of the particular breed of your dog. Understanding your dog will help you to make a decision about which sport to select. The sport you choose should be of interest to you personally as well as you will be partaking, so go along and have a look at some activity and sports events for dogs and observe the performances of the dogs and owners. This way you will get a feel for what is entailed and whether or not you think it is suitable for you and your dog and you may even decide to participate in more than one canine sport. There could well be dog sporting events close to your home and this will be ideal, as it is much better for both you and your dog if you do not have to travel hundreds of miles before taking part in the sport.

Listed below are two popular sports for you and your dog to consider.

Agility: This is a popular dog sport and it has gained recognition by the United Kennel Club (UKC). and the American Kennel Club (AKC). A course of obstacles such as ramps, climbs, tunnels, jumps and much more present the challenge the handler has to successfully direct his dog through.

It is a fun sport as the handler and the dog get to work as a team. The speed and accuracy with which the dog completes the course are the skills the performance is rated by. The dog is off the leash throughout the procedure and is dependent on the verbal direction and body signals of the handler so the ability to follow instructions and be on best behavior is essential.

Obedience Trials: Here the dog has to show his capabilities in the role of a civilized companion and has to carry out a pre-determined selection of deeds when directed by his handler.

Obedience trials are again a super opportunity for team work between the dog and handler. Precision and accuracy, the movements of the handler along with the ease and total commitment to cooperate with following instructions are all taken into account during the evaluation. An example of the exercises within the event are recall (to come to the handler), to drop on recall (drop down when arriving back to the handler), to heel (stay at the side of the handler) and probably the most popular, to sit.

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