Dogs are amazing animals with incredible working instincts. Dog sports help to tap into these instincts and preserve the working drive that these animals were born with.  They’re also an excellent way to showcase natural abilities and take exercise and activity to the next level.

There are a variety of sports fit for every breed, personality, and energy level.  Equally as important, owners and their dogs can be as competitive as they’d like. Some pet parents may take up a dog sport and participate for fun, others may take it more seriously and enter major competitions and events.

While there’s no standard definition for what encompasses an official dog sport, this post will attempt to list the events where there’s an option to compete with other dogs and their owners. These events are widely recognized and dogs are trained on a specific skill set and judged on the performance of those skills.

Click on each topic for more information (coming soon). Please feel free to email me or comment with any sports you feel are missing from this list.

Herding Sports

Border Collie herding

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  • Sheep Dog Trial (Stock Dog Trial)
  • Stock Dog (herding)
  • Treibball

Hunting & Tracking Sports

german short haired pointer

 

  • Earth Dog Trials
  • Field Trials
  • Hare Coursing
  • Hound Trailing
  • Lure Coursing
  • Nose work
  • Retrieving Trials
  • Tracking Trials

Obedience Sports

obedience

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  • Competition obedience
  • Freestyle Heeling (Canine Dressage, Heelwork to Music)
  • Musical canine freestyle (also called musical freestyle, freestyle dance, or canine freestyle)
  • Rally Obedience

Protection Sports

Liberty Cane Corso

Amazing Schutzhund dogs from Liberty Cane Corso

 

  • American Street Ring
  • Belgian Ring Sport ( NVBK, KMSH, and KCB)
  • Campagne
  • Dutch KNPV
  • French Ring Sport
  • German Schutzhund
  • K9 Pro Sports
  • Mondio Ring Sport

Racing Sports

greyhound racing

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  • Dachshund Racing
  • Greyhound Jockey
  • Greyhound Racing
  • Jack Russell Hurdle Racing
  • Sighthound Racing
  • Sled Dog Racing
  • Terrier Racing

Water Sports

dock diving

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  • Dock Jumping
  • Water Rescue
  • Water Trials

Mushing Sports

mushing

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  • Dry Land Mushing
  • Urban Mushing
  • Carting
  • Freighting
  • Mushing
  • Skijoring
  • Canicross
  • Pulka
  • Weight Pulling

Uncategorized Sports

agility

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  • Agility
  • Catchball
  • Conformation Showing
  • Disc Dog
  • Flyball
  • Junior Showmanship (Junior Handling)
  • Sighthound Disc Sport
  • Skip Dog

 

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  • Mark Fendelman

    Me and my wife always thought that our little Doberman Pinscher should get into sports since he is so very active all the time. I think Rally Obedience should do the trick. Great article, thank you!

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