Sometimes it’s easier to plan in exercise for you and your dog by doing something a bit different – together. With dog sports, you can both get fit at the same time! Here are some ideas:
Individual Dog Sports
Dog agility is a sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. There are jumps, tunnels, A frames and more – all suitable for most breeds and from a year old (see Hoopers below)! Ideal for stimulating a dog mentally and physically
Hoopers(click on the link to see the intro video) has recently come to the UK and unlike agility, has no jumps. Instead, ground-level hoops are used for the dog to run through. It has the same pace and excitement as agility, but the courses are flowing and don’t involve tight turns , making it safer for younger/older/larger dogs. It also required less equipment so can be cheaper than agility
Canicross is a hybrid sport combining elements of cross-country running and dog sled racing. Dogs are harnessed to the human using a hands free harness so they run as a team. Originating from a way to keep huskies fit during snow-free months, the sport is popular with all levels of runners and most breeds. Other ‘sledsports‘ include bikejor (see pic), scooter and dryland sprint where the dogs pull you on a sled-on-wheels.
Team Dog Sports
- Flyball is [apparently] the fastest growing dog sport in the UK. It is very addictive and dogs love it!
- Flyball sees two teams of four dogs per team, racing side-by-side over a 51 foot long course. Within a team, each dog must run over the jumps, trigger a Flyball box releasing a ball, retrieve the ball and then return over the jumps. The first team to have all 4 dogs finish the course without errors wins.
Why not have a go at some of these sports?! Just remember that with all that activity, your dog needs to keep hydrated and with all the excitement, it can be really difficult to get them to drink enough.
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Just pour over food or give to them as a drink between meals. (Don’t add to water). Some people even make Slurps into ice cubes!
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