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I have my head pretty stuck into protection sport at the moment but I realize the majority of people that compete with their dogs do so in other types of sports.

I am curious which is the most popular competitive dog sport going on right now?
Popular defined by people training for and actually competing against one another.

Competitive as in winning vs participation.
 

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Yeah. Agility is definitely #1.
 

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Yep. Agility, and it's not close.
 

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No. It's really not close. Rally is gaining on traditional obedience, but nothing approaches agility.

AKC agility registration numbers are literally twice the numbers of registrations or entries for obedience or Rally (the second- and third-most popular sports in AKC, since most of the others are more breed-specific and don't draw as much interest outside their breeds). In fact, it is almost exactly twice as popular as the other two sports (25K unique registered dogs were entered in at least one event in 2013, vs. 13 or 12K).

All non-AKC sports are smaller than their AKC counterparts in the U.S., so that gives you a fairly clear picture that agility is #1.
 

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No. It's really not close. Rally is gaining on traditional obedience, but nothing approaches agility.

AKC agility registration numbers are literally twice the numbers of registrations or entries for obedience or Rally (the second- and third-most popular sports in AKC, since most of the others are more breed-specific and don't draw as much interest outside their breeds). In fact, it is almost exactly twice as popular as the other two sports (25K unique registered dogs were entered in at least one event in 2013, vs. 13 or 12K).

All non-AKC sports are smaller than their AKC counterparts in the U.S., so that gives you a fairly clear picture that agility is #1.
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Good to know, I figure I need to get into something to appeal to the masses a bit more on the side. Now to find a course or buy the equipment or buy the equipment...?
It is not cheap to buy the equipment. I spent thousands of dollars.
 

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Agility. Look at how many people do it, how many venues there are to compete in (AKC, CPE, USDAA, NADAC, UKC.....). Around here, 3-day agility trials fill up. I could compete almost every weekend and have my choice of trial on some weekends and never have to drive outside of a 6 hour radius. There are probably more agility trials in my state in 6 months than the entire USCA (Schutzhund) offers for trials all over the country in the whole year.
 

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I've tried rally with Jenna and Karma but never competed. Of the shows around here, I love watching Agility, but, they seem to only have it at the Christmas Classic at the IX Center. They have obedience and rally all over the place, even here in Jefferson. Our club GSDNO, puts on a couple of shows per year, and they have done obedience and Rally at their shows, but not agility, I don't think they own the equipment for it. They have put on Herding Fun Days. Herding is another venue to get into with a great dog, but it is hard to find places to do it.

Most of the training around here has obedience and rally, but only a few places to go for agility. Still, we have them, and it is very popular.

I know some folks doing dock diving. I don't like wet doggy smell in my car, so that just never appealed to me. But it is very competitive I hear.

And fly ball is another thing people really get into.

Agility is quick and fun, and give the dog a real workout. The dogs are hyped, the people enjoy it.
 
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