Organized Dog Activities and Competitions

Colors Princess Kalina aka Kali - High in Trial Rally ObedienceIf you and your dog love to get out and have some fun together and be competitive there are several activities that might be of interest to you.

 Obedience Trials

 Obedience trials are competitions in which a dog must execute a pre-defined set of tasks when directed to do so by their handler. These tasks can include “sit”, “down”, “stay”, “come” and “heel”. The dog is scored based on its proficiency, accuracy and style at performing these tasks. Training a dog for obedience trials provides mental stimulation and physical activity for the dog while producing a dog that is trained to behave at home and in public places in the presence of other dogs.


 In dog agility the handler directs a dog though an obstacle course. The dog runs off leash and the handler’s control are limited to voice, movement and body signals. Obstacles can include jumps, tunnels, weave poles and a pause box or table. In competition the dog is scored on both time and accuracy.


 Flyball races are 4 dog relay races in which each dog runs over four hurdles to get to a spring loaded box that shoots out a tennis ball and then runs back over the 4 hurdles to the start carrying the tennis ball.

 Competitive Sheep Herding

 Sheepdog trials are competitions in which herding dogs move animals around fields, fences, gates or enclosures as directed by their handlers. Commands can be given by hand movements, whistles or voice.

 Other competitive dog sports include musical freestyle (dancing), conformation shows, flying disc (Frisbee), tracking, retriever trials, dock dogs, dog sled sports, lure coursing and Schutzhund.

 If you would like more information on organized dog sports in Ontario the following links are a good place to start.

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