Do you do sports with your dog? We just started doing dog sports about two and a half years ago, and have found it to be such a wonderful thing to do for dogs and their humans. I’ve got 5 reasons why you should give sports with your dog a try. Remember, not every sport is for every dog, you need to test the waters and find sports both you and your dog enjoy.
Fun is the most important reason we participate in dog sports. You would be surprised how much fun you can have when your dog becomes your teammate! Sports can be done just for fun, or competitively, but either way, it is a blast! I know, dogs have fun playing tennis ball in the yard, or going for walks, but try sports and take note of how we love the challenge of sports! I bet you humans will love it too!
Oh yes, you do form a bond with your dog doing day to day activities, but try learning together, working together towards a common goal. Both you and your dog will learn so much more about reading each other, trusting each other, and working together as a team. Dog sports are a wonderful way to build a stronger bond with your best friend.
Have you noticed how small humans participate in all kinds of stuff from piano lessons, to t-ball, to dancing, to track? Why do they do this? To enrich their lives, find out what makes them happy, and to see what they are good at. The same is true for dogs. Mom exposes us to a variety of dog sports to see which ones suit us best. The sports we enjoy, make us feel good. Both dog and human enjoy participating and learning to work as a team, and if you compete, you can enjoy successes together. A dog is the best teammate as we are never upset – win or lose. Dogs can lead a full life without sports, Trine and Katie did, but sports add a whole new wonderful dimension to a dog’s life with their human.
Dog sports force dogs to do a lot of thinking. Watch your dog learn, study, and solve problems – their tail will wag like crazy from happiness when they figure it out. Dogs need to use their minds, and sports keep us challenged. We are super excited whenever we figure out what you humans are asking us to do because we solved the problem, and we make the human happy. Being mentally challenged also wears us out.
Dogs also enjoy a physical challenge. You have to know your own dog and what they can do. Nose work, for example, is more of a mental challenge, whereas tracking is physical and mental. Agility is physical, obedience is more mental. Every sport is different which is why we try a lot of new things. We tried Barn Hunt and found it is not my thing, but might be Bailie’s. I’m taking a short summer Rally course right now to see if it will be for me or not, and Bailie is taking an intro trick class. It is fun to try new things and figure out what works for us as dogs and what works with our humans.
If you don’t do any dog sports, consider trying some sports with your dog. There are so many sports out there for everyone, and every dog, for fun, and for competition. I bet if you try it, you will like it! If you do sports with your dog, don’t you think it is a wonderful thing?