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Old 01-19-2015, 03:15 PM   #1
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A look at the type and incidence of injuries in dog sports and agility:

Do Dog Athletes Get Dog Injuries? | Dog Spies, Scientific American Blog Network
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:08 PM   #2
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Very interesting. I can see how, as with any sport, there are injuries. I love to watch agility trials and contests. Am always amazed at the dedication of both the dogs and owners.
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:28 AM   #3
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The trouble with statistics is that they are not taking into consideration the larger number of Border Collies and mixed breed dogs competing so of course, there are more of them having injuries. I am not saying they cannot get hurt but they are not being forced to do these activities. If they do not like doing them, you cannot force them to compete.

I think Agility has had a lot to do with the change in the way we train dogs as it is one venue where you are not allowed to use abusive ways of training, everything has to be fun.

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I agree with Kyllobernese.
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The results were owner-reported meaning that they reflected the percentage and proportion of dogs of respondants and that a similar study in 2013 found similar results:
"Because the findings are based solely on handler reports, the researchers described their report as preliminary. They offer, “misdiagnosis and faulty recollection may have influenced the accuracy of reporting…” At the same time, a similar and larger 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reached many similar conclusions. Of the dogs surveyed, “1,209 of 3,801 (32%) [of the] dogs had ≥ 1 injury” and strains, sprains, and contusions were also reported, as well as injuries to the shoulder, back, neck and phalanges. Injuries were most often associated with obstacles, including bar jumps, A-frames, and the dog walk."
"Border Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs and Australian Shepherds were injured most frequently but Border Collies were injured more frequently than would have been predicted by their exposure.”
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It is not surprising that Border Collies have a lot of injuries for the same reason people get them for agility. Once they are trained a lot of them go flat out with little regard for protecting themselves. They are a breed I have seen more often do "fly offs" on the teeter. (just running up it and off the end before it even has a chance to drop down) and falling off the equipment as they are going so fast. They are wonderful to watch when they have some control and do make great Agility dogs.

Unless I can get Kris a little more under control she is a candidate for getting hurt as she has already fallen off the dog walk once because she was running too fast. Luckily she did not hurt herself and is learning to slow down now.

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JGLI, I have been following the issues with dogs in agility, and there are major concerns from dog owners. Dogs in agility is really all about the speed. The faster the dog, of course the greater the risk of injury, just like in any sport. The problem is, some of the equipment is outdated, or in need of repair. I just read a post from someone that used to be on this Forum. One of her dogs got his nose stuck in a small tear in a chute. There was a picture posted, and the dog was very lucky. He could have been seriously hurt or dead. She had to pull her dog from the rest of the competition. Just like any other sport, agility is supposed to be fun for both the dog and the handler. We still have to remember that it costs a lot of money to enter a dog in competition, travel around the country, and stay in motels/motels. For some people, it's not about the fun of agility, but it is about winning. It's about the blue ribbon, and placement. As I recall, we had more than one heated thread on agility dogs, and the safety of dogs running at such high speeds. From what I've been reading, more and more agility people are asking for major changes in courses, and better equipment for their dogs' safety.

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Hello! Think I have to write this, because I have two injured dogs for agility, nothing too serious, but it is really annoying. It is common for agility dogs have arthritis in their joints, from all the jumping.
My two agility dogs have problems with fingers. Both with the same finger on the front left leg. My Vizsla is now four years old and we had to amputate her finger, because of a torn ligament. My BC is now two and had a broken sesamoid bone in her finger, my vet suggested to try and leave it as it is, but now she has arthritis and the finger is almost double in size of her other fingers. She broke it when we were doing a figure 8 in our garden only on two jumps, but she is really crazy and gives 110% all the time.

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