Dog sport as Hobby
In case you have a busy lifestyle or have a puppy that needs to eliminate a whole lot of energy you may consider getting involved in some form of dog sport. There are a whole lot of dog sports to get involved in, and in this article, I will discuss only a few of them.
Let's start off with agility. I believe virtually every large city in the United States has an agility club or a coach with a facility so you can find out how to do agility with your dog. The easiest way to put it is that agility is a blast and a lot more fun for you and your dog. The first time I attended an agility competition they had an announcer who was describing agility and how it was done. He commented that you wouldn't see many fat folks doing agility. They may have started out that way, but they are thin now from all the running and bending and stooping. So as you can imagine agility is good for your health in addition to the dogs.
Combine a Frisbee club. You do not have to join a club to enjoy doing Frisbee with your dog however clubs are out there if you decide you'd like to compete. You have possibly seen Frisbee competitions on TV where people travel from all over the country to compete with their dogs. Teaching your dog to grab the disc and do all those fancy jumps and catches can be very enjoyable for you and your puppy. If this is something that you think you might be interested in simply do a google search and you'll discover a Frisbee club in your area.
Flyball is fast and fun for dogs of all sizes. Flyball is an exciting competition that involves jumping over obstacles and grabbing a ball that flies from a box. It is done as a relay race with a team. The height of the hurdles is set based on the height of the smallest dog, so each team seems to have a brief dog to keep those hurdles low. If you visit a flyball competition be cautious because it doesn't take much to get hooked on this fun game.
Schutzhund is a German game originally developed for German Shepherds. Schutzhund consists of three different areas of training such as obedience, tracking, and security. Every dog that competes in this game must do well and pass each area of the competition. Schutzhund trials are held each weekend all over the country. If this is something you and your dog might be interested in doing a google search for Schutzhund and see what you can discover close to where you live.