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Extreme Vertical, Weaving Poles, Choreographed Freestyle

When you see these words, perhaps you think it's about the moguls run on a ski slope but no, not today at least. Think more along the line of Dog Sports - yes there are specific sports for dogs and their handlers and its way more than just agility.

Working Breeds do particularly well with a broad range of dog sports because of their speed, agility and cognitive thinking - not all dogs have this combination of skills. One of the greatest aspects about all dog sports is the community that participates in and enjoys their chosen sport. Very encouraging and inclusive people, some like the competition and everyone loves the dogs and how they bring people together to have fun and enjoy their sport.


Dock Diving is a dog sport in which dogs compete in jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water.

The concept behind dock diving is simple: you toss a toy into a pool, and your dog leaps from a dock to retrieve it, with the goal of jumping the farthest. Competitive distance-jumping is the most popular version of the sport.

The three games are Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve.

There is no discrimination in Dock Diving. Any dog; regardless of breed, size or shape, can participate and join in on the fun. If your dog loves to play fetch and he can’t get enough of the water, give dock diving a try.www.facebook.com/dockdogsau www.dockdogs.com


A relatively new sport that began a few years ago to give their energetic dogs some much needed mental and physical stimulation.

The goal is for the person and the dog to work as a team. The handler directs the dog from a distance around a set of balls to push them into a goal one by one. In competition the dog’s work is timed. Distance, time, and the number of balls are some of the variables in the game. This sport uses a combination of classic obedience and herding cues. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/OzTreibball/

Canine Disc / Disc Dogs

In Canine Disc competitions, dogs and their human flying disc throwers compete in events such as distance catching and choreographed freestyle catching.

Canine Disc (also known as Disc Dog, Frisbee Dog) is a relatively new dog sport in Australia but it has quickly grown in popularity.

Anyone who wants to spend time with their canine companion can participate; it is an inclusive sport for all members of the family young and old.


Fly Ball

This one is quite competitive and people can be a little serious so if it's all about fun for you, maybe skip this dog sport.

Each relay team consists of four dogs, with up to two reserve dogs that can be interchanged between heats. There can be either three or five heats in every race.

When the last light turns green the dogs are off and racing. Each dog must jump the four hurdles, retrieve the ball and jump back over the hurdles to complete their lap. Missed jumps and dropped balls require the dog to rerun the course after the rest of the team has finished. As soon as the first dog’s nose returns across the start/finish line the next dog is off! The first team to have all four of their racing dogs complete their run cleanly wins. https://www.flyball.org.au/

There are a wide variety of dog sports to choose from. When making your choice, think about your dog’s skill set and activity level, as well as the amount of time you have to devote to training. Enjoy your dog, make new like minded friends who will teach and encourage you and most of all, have some fun together with your dog.

Dock Diving Fly Ball Agility Dances With Dogs

Canine Disc Endurance Earth Dogs Dog Sledding

Herding Trials Tracking Track and Search Lure Coursing

Rally Obedience Field Trials Treibball Scent Work

Trick Dogs

Sock It To Me Baby!

What do you do with all those single socks? Here is an easy useful solution that your dogs will love and your kids can make by themselves. For these great dog toys all you will need is some old footy socks or knee high socks, balls and old water bottles.

Crinkle Sock

  1. Tie one or two knots at the toe end of a sock, depending on its length.

  2. Insert an empty water bottle into the sock.

  3. Tie a knot on the other end of the sock, securing the water bottle in place.

  4. For an extra dimension, add some rice for extra noise into the water bottle.

Knot Ball Sock

  1. Tie a knot at the toe end of the sock.

  2. Insert the tennis ball.

  3. Working your way up the sock, continue to tie knots. Leave about 1-2 inches in between each knot.

  4. You can either leave this toy in a straight line or tie both ends together to create a circular toy.

Knotted Rope Sock

  1. Tie a knot at one end of the sock.

  2. Leaving about an inch in between each knot, continue tying knots until you reach the end.

  3. If you have more than one lost long sock, tie them together and make a big long snake sock.

There is no doubt that things you make yourself or as a family have so much more meaning and bring more joy. The amazing joy that our dogs bring us endlessly, is so much more special with toys that we have made with love for them.

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