Adog 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.
Protection sport, organized by the NVBK (Nationaal Verbond van Belgische Kynologen), KKUSH (Koninklijke Kynologische Unie Sint-Hubertus), as well as the KCB (Kennel Club Belge). It’s the oldest and one of the hardest of the defence dog sports in the world, and is completely dominated by the Belgian Malinois.
Bikejoring is a dog mushing activity related to skijoring, canicross and scootering. It is a sport where a harnessed dog, or team of dogs, attached to a towline, have to pull and run ahead of a cyclist. Bikejoring is a non snow season (dryland) activity.
Canicross is a sport of cross-country running, while hitched to a dog. It is popular in Europe. It is related to the winter dog-powered sport of skijoring and bikejoring, wherein a skier of cyclist is hitched to one to three dogs.
Canine Musical Freestyle
A modern dog sport that is a mixture of obedience training, tricks and dance that allows creative interaction between dogs and owners. The sport has developed into competition forms in several countries around the world.
Carting is a dog sport in which a dog (usually a larger breed) pulls a cart filled with supplies, but sometimes pulling people. Carting is also known as dryland mushing and is practiced all around the world, often to keep winter sled dogs in competition form during the off-season.
A relatively new sport for pet dogs and their owners, created and sanctioned by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). The activity is an offshoot of the training professional scent detection dogs (“sniffer dogs”) receive. Elements of the training are used in K9 nose work, but for recreational purposes only. Nose work training teaches your dog to find one of three scents, wherever you decide to hide it. In nose work competitions, there are four locations involved in searching: interiors, exteriors, containers, and vehicles.
Conformation shows, also referred to as breed shows, are a kind of dog show in which a judge familiar with a specific dog breed evaluates individual purebred dogs for how well the dogs conformed to the established breed type for their breed, as described in the breed’s individual breed standard.
Discdog is the more generic name for what is commonly called Frisbee dog. In disc dog competitions, dogs and their frisbee throwing guardians compete in events such as distance catching and somewhat choreographed freestyle catching. The sport celebrates the bond between handler and dog, by alloweding them to work together.
A sport in which dogs compete in jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water.
Dog Sledding / Dog Driving
Dog sledding is a winter dog sport involving the timed competition of teams of sled dogs that pull a sled with the dog driver or musher standing on the runners. The team completing the marked course in the least time is judged the winner.
An Earthdog Trial tests the working ability and instinct of the small, often short-legged terriers or Dachshunds. These dogs were bred to hunt vermin and other quarry which lives in underground dens. Earthdog den trials involve man-made underground tunnels that the dogs must negotiate, white scenting a rat, “the quarry.” The dog must follow the scent to the quarry and then “work” the quarry. Depending on the sanctioning organisation, “working” means barking, scratching, staring, pawing, digging; any active behaviour. The quarry is protected at all times by wooden bars across the end of the tunnel. The hunting encounter is controlled, and neither the dog, not the quarry, are endangered by the activity.
Flyball is a dog sport in which a team 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 carrying the ball.
A competitive dog sport in which herding dog breeds move sheep around a field, fences, gates or enclosures, as directed by their handlers.
Mushing / Urban Mushing / Dryland Sledding / Dryland Dog Driving
Parkour / Freestyle Agility
Tricks / Trickdogging / Stunt Dog