|10-26-2013 02:46 PM|
I went with what I enjoyed, what Hunter enjoyed and what Hunter was good at!
Hunter and I have done IPO, PSA, tracking, conformation, obedience, rally-o, lure coursing, and barn hunt. He is also a working dog as a Wildlife Control K9 for airports, facilities and campuses.
Hunter and I are currently doing IPO/PSA, tracking, obedience/rally-o UKC conformation and lure coursing. He loves it all, does great at it all, and I enjoy it a lot.
I am bringing a female home this winter, and have been thinking about getting her certified as a Search and Rescue or Cadavar K9. I am also considering bed bug, narcotics or arson detection with her. We will see! She will also definitely do competitive obedience and lure coursing, and likely PSA/IPO depending on what happens with the SAR work.
In the end, it's about what they love doing and what you love doing, and what is rewarding for you both as a team.
|10-26-2013 02:30 PM|
As for the question, I knew Leyna and Levi would do herding when we happened to walk by an instinct test given at a large dog event. They weren't signed up, but I had never seen that much interest from them (we got them just for pets). So, we started herding and they loved it. I got Paisley with the intention of doing herding. She loves it. I will probably dabble in some other sports at some point with her.
|10-26-2013 01:10 PM|
I wanted to do agility since I was a kid but when the time came my stressed terrier couldn't handle the training atmosphere and I started hating to attend because of it so I quit for our sanity.
That's when I started looking at other dog sports that we could do and tracking drew me in since I could practice alone. I also took a rally-o-ish class and really enjoyed teaching heeling so I got more into obedience. Maybe I'm the only person on earth who thinks heeling is fun I love how many different aspects you need to train and put together to make it look good.
I now have a 5 month old GSD puppy who I want to trial with next year in both obedience and tracking. I never got a chance with my terrier, she got some kind of a nervous breakdown following a big surgery and I had to put her down.
I would absolutely love to give Flyball a try sometime. It's not competed in here in Iceland so it's a no-go at present but it looks like fun.
|10-24-2013 10:56 PM|
|trcy||We aren't officially in a sport yet, but dabbling in IPO (as in we've been to one club meeting). The reason for IPO is the puppy is high energy and drive. Both his parents have titled in the sport, so I thought he may enjoy it to and it will give us something to do together and helps him burn energy and exercise. Gives him a job.|
|10-24-2013 10:20 PM|
As soon as I adopted Tara, I knew she needed a job. We began training in agility, which we both enjoy for fun. We don't compete in agility - maybe someday, but too much pressure for me. Agility is my favorite sport (even though it stresses me!) and I see myself doing it with any future dogs. There aren't as many opportunities around here for agility, so I only do it sporadically when it's in a situation that suits us. It's not that time-consuming, but can be hard to practice without enough equipment and some space. Classes here are very reasonable and close to home.
In the last two years we have been doing nose work. It is definitely Tara's favorite sport and she's very good at it. There aren't enough events in the area for us to compete regularly, but she has her NW1 and we're entered in the next two ORTs in a couple of weeks. As there are more events, I see us doing more of this. I mostly train this on my own, it's pretty easy to do with occasional help. I think it is the least time, equipment, and money intensive sport that we do.
Most recently, we've started Urban mushing/dog scootering, which is tons of fun. We're doing it about twice a week, and the initial investment was low for me, because my friend bought the scooter. I just needed to purchase an appropriate harness which isn't too expensive. It's good exercise for both of us! There are some competitions, but we'll use it just for fun and exercise.
|10-24-2013 09:54 PM|
|Nigel||I agree with Merciel, rally is a great way to start. Pretty relaxed environment and it still betters you and your dog. I'm doing this with Zoey and we both enjoy it.|
|10-24-2013 09:22 PM|
Since I've chosen not to show Russell in conformation until he is AT LEAST 2 years old, I need something else to do with him in the meantime. We start basic obedience classes in 2 weeks. I think we'll see what we can do with obedience and rally with this boy.
Carly, on the other hand, is a conformation champion, and is bored out of her mind right now with nothing to do. So, she is signed up for nosework classes, also in 2 weeks. Eventually I'll start her in obedience classes, too.
Sage, is still showing in conformation. As soon as she is finished, I'll enroll her in obedience, and nose work, and eventually agility.
I've done lure coursing with Italian Greyhounds, and have also helped course Borzoi and Salukis for friends. I love lure coursing!
The girls have their herding instinct certificates, and herding would be a blast, but I'm not prepared to drive almost 3 hours to go to class.
|10-24-2013 09:21 PM|
I began IPO when a local breeder was getting a club together. I wanted Onyx to do more than the obedience that was offered at the nearby AKC club. And I didn't want to do the vaccinations required by the AKC club.
Onyx washed out when she proved she didn't care for the protection phase.
So I looked for a puppy that I could do IPO with. I'm not really interested in doing agility or competitive obedience so I travel 2 hours to train in IPO(the original club broke up).
PSA or SDA is something I'd really love to do, but those clubs are far and few between. Nosework is something I'd love to do too, but more to dabble in, not so much to compete. I need to stay moving, not wait around and I don't like the loud indoor venues that involve some sports. Not enough herding places or trials to even invest time in, sadly. I chose to do what I do out of convenience, even though now it is hardly convenient travel-wise.
|10-24-2013 08:59 PM|
We dabble in dock diving, that's my husband's sport with Halo. He chose it because he doesn't have to do any actual training, he can just show up to an event and they both have fun.
My sport is flyball, and I didn't know much about it and had never seen it live before, but I'd always thought it looked like fun when I saw videos on youtube. I found a class, Halo did awesome, I searched online for more advanced classes, found a list of clubs in my area on the North American Flyball Association, saw that one was starting up a class in a couple of weeks and I signed us up. We took the next class after that, the club asked us to join them at practices afterwards, and a few months later we were invited to join the club and start racing with them. Halo LOVES it so I never bothered to try agility with her, which was next on the list. She's been racing about a year and a half now.
I've also done Nosework with both Halo & Keefer, we just kind of fell into that since the boyfriend of a private trainer we'd worked with was Andrew Ramsey, who went on to make the Leerburg Nosework DVD series (Halo and I appear briefly on DVD #1). He had a search area set up on their deck, and did classes right there at their house. It was a lot of fun, but it was also fairly expensive, and once I really got going with flyball, that starting taking up a lot more of my time, so I had to make the choice to stop Nosework.
|10-24-2013 08:30 PM|
I basically fell into mine because of proximity and the amount of time needed to do it well. That's why I do obedience, rally, and agility. My training club is 30 minutes away, shows are generally less than an hour away, and its very easy to do by yourself.
I loved watching my boy herd. He had a blast doing it. But its like an hour away, and I just can't afford to spend that much time driving out there every weekend and sometimes on the weekdays.
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