Are you active in dog sports? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
View Poll Results: What dog sport(s) are you active in?
Obedience 36 58.06%
Rally 19 30.65%
Tracking 16 25.81%
Agility 20 32.26%
Conformation 11 17.74%
Flyball 4 6.45%
Dock Diving 5 8.06%
Schutzhund 27 43.55%
French Ring 1 1.61%
Other 20 32.26%
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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-04-2011, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Are you active in dog sports?

I am curious how many people on this forum are active in specific dog sports. I would say that one does not need to be competing in order to be classified as active- but I would hope that one is at least in a weekly class to be considered active. I would also think that if one is competing but not taking classes- they are also active in the sport.

Note- This poll is geared to dog sports and as such I did not include the working occupations like police K9 and S&R.

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I do agility with Kopper and we're on the wait list for rally.


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You know Emoore that I'm going to use this list to see how many people we should see posting regularly in the Agility forum! You have been marked! lol

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We're just baby beginners. I lurk, but most of the time I don't even know what you guys are talking about. Handling systems, running contacts, 2 on /2 off. . . I have no idea what that means. I just go to class and play agility.


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Currently Nikon and Pan both do Schutzhund and SDA (each have three phases) weekly, SDA on Thursday and Schutzhund on Sunday plus we meet once a week with friends in town. Pan is starting a 6-week obedience class tomorrow. We dock dive and do agility in the late spring and summer so not right now (outdoor facilities so we can't do it when it's cold and when it gets dark so early). Because SDA and SchH are time consuming right now I only do agility for fun and do no compete. I lure course (trial) whenever it is available but do not train for this. We also go herding each summer but are wait-listed for lessons.
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I got Saber mainly as a pet but wanted to try a few things, but I am hooked and LOVE dog sports! She is 11 months old. We started tracking at 14 weeks, entered competition Novice obedience classes just before she was 5 months and will trial in the spring, and started dock diving this spring with our new DockDogs club (we practice several times a week and went to the fair this summer too!) We have done one puppy agility class and will try another next year, and we are in nosework classes right now. I have my eye on herding and treibball for spring too! It is all so fun and Saber loves everything we do together!

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We're just baby beginners. I lurk, but most of the time I don't even know what you guys are talking about. Handling systems, running contacts, 2 on /2 off. . . I have no idea what that means. I just go to class and play agility.
I don't bite! You should definitely pop in and ask if you don't know. You know I've only been doing this for 8 or 9 months- so I'm hardly an expert. But even in the short time I've been doing it, my understanding has grown immensely and some of the things that my instructors told me that I didn't understand- I get them now. Sometimes I wish I could go back and learn a ton about agility prior to starting to train it. Wow- training would go a LOT different if you knew anything about the sport prior to training it! But you know, we all live and learn.

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Frank and I do Obedience and Rally, I'm hoping and planning to try and go all the way to OTCH.

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I only checked Rally, Obedience and Conformation.

I used to do tracking with all my dogs, until I got infested with ticks one spring.

I also used to do agility with Doerak, but my two Belgians don't do agility for different reasons. Boaz will do agility as soon as I get in better shape. DOH! Well, at least we are in classes for it.
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Not as much as I want to be. Both mine have taken classes in K9 Nose Work (which isn't on your list) and my plans were to trial them but we're having to skip the next session because I'd have to miss half the classes which sets us back. I may also have to find somewhere else to train since the upper level classes are only offered Monday mornings.

I wanted to do others and keep K in Agility but there's never enough time and money.
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