Dog sports are activities that involve dogs.
Training a retrieve in Schutzhund, a dog sport
There is much discussion about what exactly defines a sport for dogs. Some issues are:
- Must a sport be entertaining to watch? Agility, Disc dog, and Dock Jumping are very entertaining to spectators, and often televised.
- If a human companion is not actively involved, is it actually a sport? Take greyhound racing, for example, or hunting from a duck blind, from which the dog retrieves the game.
- Is 'any' activity a sport if a casual observer does not understand the nature of the competition? For example, in a conformation show, the handler and dog move around a ring for a judge to evaluate the dog's appearance and structure; the skill and knowledge required are not obvious to those uninterested in the sport.
This list is intended only to represent anything that anyone is likely to refer to as a dog sport, not to argue its validity as sport.
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- Sundance, K. (2010). 101 Ways to Do More With Your Dog: Make Your Dog a Superdog with Sports, Games, Exercises, Tricks, Mental Challenges, Crafts, and Bonding. Beverly, MA: Quarry Books