There are a number of canine sports, practiced by what we can call “sporting dogs,” though many are not well-known. All over France, there are numerous competitions for all sorts of sports and different dog breeds. But be aware that there are rules to follow, and not all dogs can participate in every canine sport.
More and more common today, canine sports are numerous and varied:
- Agility is the most well-known and the most common. Any dog can participate in agility courses. It’s an educational and challenging game that consists of completing a course with your dog while making as few errors as possible.
- Jumping: More advanced and technical than agility, the dog must pass through various obstacles, slaloms, and tunnels with the help of his owner. A real human-canine bond is required for this sport.
- Flyball is a relay race, which calls for perfect control of the dog and requires that he play as part of a team.
- Musical canine freestyle: Less known, this sport involves dancing with your dog during a competition. Choreography must be performed and demands a lot of control and patience.
- Canicross: Widely practiced, this sport consists of running outdoors with your dog, linked to him by an elastic line attached to a belt around your waist.
There isn’t actually a “breed” of sporting dog, but some are more suited to canine sports than others. As we stated before, agility can be practiced with any type of dog. On the other hand, there are other sports that tend to be practiced by dogs known for being more “energetic,” such as the Border Collie, the Husky, or even the Australian Shepherd, just to name a few.
Participating in a sport with your dog is very good for his health, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Canine sports favor the dog’s integration, his healthy development, and burning off of energy, but you have to be careful not to wear him out, and above all, that he is always happy when participating. A forced and over-trained dog is not a happy dog. After all, the dog’s well-being comes before the results of a competition. Stay attentive to his behavior.