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Old 01-24-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I was wondering you could help me out with something. Mikey is a pretty hyper dog, OK very hyper dog, and I think he'd excel in dog sports. There are alot near me, and I'd love to get involved with them once he's got basic obedience down. He's signed up for Feb. Classes which should start soon, I still gotta call the guy to confirm. I feel like he needs a job, walks don't seem to be enough. If I took him BIKING, oh god that'd be a potential disaster. I am just so unsure with what to make him participate in. He'd be good at agility, he's fast as anything and he jumped over a 3 foot high couch out of NOWHERE, he shows potential - the major problem? He has the attention span of dirt. He loves to chase balls and he's fast..maybe flyball?

What other sports are there? I really wanna get him into something. Is there any type of device that'd make biking easier until I can find a sport for us? This dog needs to be tired at the end of the day.

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Old 01-26-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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Running or hiking are the most accessible exercise I know...but hey, one time I saw a video at youtube wherein the dog was doing treadmill with the owner also cause it was winter and they cannot go out for walks.

Or how about jump over the hoop?

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I think it's important to have a good groundwork in obedience b4 you start agility or flyball because you have to have your dog under control b4 you can start. There are lots of tricks you can teach him to exercise his brain which can be more tiring than a walk.

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April is right, and you're on the right track by starting obedience. Agility takes loads of control and is an off lead sport, as is flyball. Both involve running your dog next to other dogs all off lead (in a lane in flyball and on another course in agility).

So no matter what other sports you choose, obedience is your first stop. Good for you for knowing that and signing up for classes.

As for other sports, here are just a few: Freestyle, Rally Obedience (a real possible place for you to start), cart pulling, weight pulling, skijorring (not spelled correctly), tracking, search and rescue, agility, flybal, frisbee, dock dogs... I know there are lots of others out there, but that's what comes to mind. Just Google those and see what's out there.

As for burning energy now, I love fetch with either a Frisbee or a tennis ball. These sports help burn energy and yet I don't have to put as much into them. My dogs love to play fetch! There are also Dog Scouts. This is a group of people who love their dogs and enjoy doing different things with their dogs. I've heard the quality of Dog Scouts vary from group to group depending on how active the leader is. But if I weren't involved in competition with my dogs, I'd be very interested in spending some weekend afternoons out with my dogs and other dog loving people doing Dog Scout activites.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:56 AM   #5
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dog running on a treadmill is quite interesting lol.
i am most knowledgable in sports, so i can't suggest much.

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