dogs enjoy a simple game of fetch or a casual jog with its owner. It is
a special breed of dog, however, that enjoys team sports. Flyball competitions
offer relay races for the motivated dog; where teams of dogs race each
other for the best time. A flyball course is a track consisting of a series
of jumps leading to a box that releases a tennis ball for the dog to catch
and retrieve in the shortest time possible.
Canine agility offers another option for your four-legged athlete. Agility
competitions feature an obstacle course with a variety hoops, tunnels,
jumps and more. As with flyball, the objective is to attain the fastest
speed. This is an individual sport, however, not a team sport. Other events
for the competitive dog include herding competitions that challenge the
dog to round up sheep, ducks, or other designated animals. In these events
the owner plays an integral part in the competition, giving his/her dog
commands to follow during the herding process.
Sports for pets continues to grow in popularity. Dog owners interested
in new activities may want to look into one of these sports. Local flyball
and agility clubs are becoming more common. For flyball information online
try www.flyballdogs.com, or for agility try www.usdaa.com - the United
States Dog Agility Association site.