|FUN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR DOG!
Those of us here at MMBR strongly support training and educating your pets. It not only makes for less dogs surrendered to shelters are rescues, but it can enhance your relationship with your dog by 10 fold.
A tired dog is a good dog and a bored dog is a problem dog. Many dog owners do not realize all of the choices of fun things you can do with your dog. That is why we created this page. Please, read about the dog/human sports listed and if something sounds interesting to you, look into it further. Set goals for yourself and your four legged pal and then find a training facility to help you realize those goals.
We recommend To The Rescue! K9 College for all of your training needs
***ALL THE DOGS IN THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE RESCUED DOGS***
this is a relay race of teams of dogs. There are four dogs on each team and two teams will race at a time. Dogs race down a lane, over four jumps, hit a box with their feet that releases a tennis ball, and they race back with the ball in their mouth. This is a fast paced game that is loads of fun for both dog and owner. It is GREAT for high energy dogs. Many people think that only border collies or other herding breeds can participate in Flyball but this is simply not true. Flyball is open to all purebreds as well as mixes. Any dog can play flyball and most really enjoy it. Several members of MMBR and a few past adopters participate in Flyball. One boxer who plays is deaf.
For more information on flyball please go to: http://www.flyballdogs.com/
This is an event in which titles can be earned for sighthounds only but that does not mean that all dogs cannot do it. Lure Coursing takes no training at all, and it is great fun. You can run your dog alone or with other dogs, the choice is yours. It is a fairly inexpensive sport, costing between $2 and $4 per run. If you have a high energy dog or a dog with a high prey drive, you might want to try Lure Coursing. As with Flyball, many MMBR members participate in this sport.
For more info on Lure Coursing please go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lure_coursing
Dog and Handler teams navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform such as Sit-Down-Sit, Straight Figure 8, Send Over Jump, Recall Over Jump. Teams navigate the course at a brisk, continuous performance without direction from the judge. Handlers are encouraged to talk to their dogs during the performance. All dogs, purebred, mixed breeds and dogs with disabilities are encouraged to participate.
For more information on Rally Obedience please go to: http://www.apdt.com/po/rally/default.aspxCOMPETITIVE OBEDIENCE
You and your dog, as a team, will perform obedience commands in a ring, in front of a judge. Points are given and you can title your dog. This is only open to purebred dogs to compete in AKC. To compete in UKC or APDT any dog can participate . Even if your dog is not registered you can obtain an ILP and still show in obedience. This is a great sport and very fulfilling. A couple of past MMBR dogs are currently in training for this sport.
For more information on Obedience please go to: http://www.akc.org/events/obedience/index.cfm
or to: http://www.ukcdogs.com/Obedience.htm
This is more suited for a laid back owner and dog team. Your dog will have to be very well mannered and have a great relationship with you. You would have your dog tested and if it passes, it will become a certified therapy dog. Trips to local hospitals, nursing homes and even schools are very rewarding and help to brighten the day of people who are going through hard times. Several MMBR adopted dogs are now certified therapy dogs.
For more information about Therapy Dog Work pelase go to: http://www.deltasociety.org/
This is an obsticle course for a dog/human team complete with jumps, A frames, weave poles and much more. It is fast paced and fun. All breeds can participate. This is great excercise for both human and dog. Points are awarded and titles can be won. We have a few past MMBR dogs who are working towards agility. One is a deaf boxer.
For more information on Agility please go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_agility
This term refers to a form of hiking in which dogs travel alongside their owners. Several companies manufacturer packs (often similar in appearance to mule or donkey side bags) in various sizes, so that the dogs may carry their own food and/or bowls.
This is a sport in which owner and dog can compete in frisbee tossing in two ways. The first is where owner tosses the frisbee and the dog brings it back. They are timed as to how many tosses, at what distance, they can finish in a specified time. The second is a choreographed and is accompanied by music. Judges issue points to the contestant.
For more information please go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisbee_Dog_World_Champions
also known as Musical Freestyle, Freestyle Dance, and Canine Freestyle—is a modern dog sport that is a mixture of obedience, tricks, and dance that allows for creative interaction between dogs and their owners.
For more information please go to http://www.worldcaninefreestyle.org/
A Tracking trial is an event to encourage dogs to make use of their strongest facility by emulating the finding of a lost person or article in a situation where the performance of the dog can be fairly assessed. Because of this, the tracks laid are not the wanderings which may characterize a lost person, nor do they include deliberate attempts by the tracklayer to deceive the following dog.
WEIGHT PULLINGWeight pulling is a dog sport involving a dog pulling a cart or sled loaded with weight a short distance across grass, carpet or snow. Many breeds participate in this sport, with dogs being separated into classes by weight. For more information please go to http://www.iwpa.net/PROTECTION SPORTS
Protection Sports are activities that test your dogs ability to protect itself and its handler. Protection Sports test the dogs complete temperament. A dog must be sound and its handler must be confident and in control, otherwise it is dangerous to train a dog in a protection sport. NOT a sport for complacent owners or owners who are passive with their dogs.
For more information please go to http://www.answers.com/topic/list-of-protection-sports
I have known of all sorts of breeds participating in this sport, not just herding breeds. I have known of boxers who have tried and succeeded in this sport. It can be great fun for dog owners who are not interested in competitive obedience types of sports. It can be GREAT FUN and very rewarding for both owner and dog.
For more information please go to http://www.answers.com/topic/sheepdog-trial
SEARCH AND RESCUE
Search and rescue (SAR) dogs detect human scent. Although exactly what this means to the dog is not known, it may include skin rafts, evaporated perspiration, respiratory gases, or decomposition gases released by bacterial action on human skin or tissues. Dedicated handlers and hard working, well-trained dogs are required in search efforts to be effective in their task.
For more information please go to http://www.canismajor.com/dog/srchresc.html
These are just some of the fun activities you can do with your dog. Please, check them out and see if one might be right for you. Working as a partner with your dog can enhance even the best relationship. Only good can come from training and excelling with your dog. Give it a try. Its great fun for everyone!