Dog agility�is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. It is advisable to have had Basic and/or Advanced Obedience.Download the C.H.U. agility rules here!
Disc dog is the more generic name for what is commonly called�Frisbee dog. In disc dog competitions, dogs and their human disc throwers compete in events such as distance catching and somewhat choreographed freestyle catching. The sport celebrates the bond between handler and dog, by allowing them to work together. The term "disc" is preferred because "Frisbee" is a trademark (held by Wham-O) for a brand of flying disc.
This is a sport which combines the best features of flyball and the fast pieces of agility in one sport! The dog races while navigating the agility obstacles from a start/finish line, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball. This can be run as an individual race or team races. Currently, Dog Zone is the only facility in Michigan teaching this new sport. Dogs are taught how to trigger the box, and then come back with the ball to the handler. They are also taught the agility equipment and the flyball jumps..
Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball.
Rally obedience�(also known as�Rally�or�Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience.��Unlike regular obedience, instead of waiting for the judge's orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course.
At Dog Zone, we teach all styles of Rally O. There are currently five sanctioning bodies for Rally-O in the United States:�the AKC; the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (ADPT); Canine Work and Games (C-Wags) and Canine and Humans United (CHU). The UKC added rally obedience to their program as of January 2009.
C-Wags and CHU are relatively new organizations that appear mainly in the Mid-west. It has added variations on rally courses, such as Zoom - which has no stationary signs, and requires 4 legs to title.��
Treibball is a new sport that uses exercise balls, making this game accessible to any breed or size of dog and any handler regardless of handler's physical capacity.
The objective of the game is to drive or herd 8 balls into a goal/net, much like soccer. Treibball promotes teamwork between the dog and the handler. It is a fun and exciting new sport. Be one of the first to try out this hot new sport.
Donna J. Zaj, owner of Dog Zone Training & Activity Center in Clinton Twp, MI has traveled to Colorado to become certified and to bring the American Treibball Association to Dog Zone Training & Activity Center. American Treibball Association is the only organization that offers titles and nationally recognized competitions for this sport. www.americantreibballassociation.org