List of dog sports

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Training a retrieve in Schutzhund, a dog sport.

Dog sports are activities which involve dogs.[citation needed]


There is much discussion[who?] about what exactly defines a sport for dogs.[citation needed]

Some issues are:[citation needed]

  • Must a sport be entertaining to watch? Agility, Disc dog, and Dock Jumping are very entertaining to spectators, and often televised.[citation needed]
  • If a human companion is not actively involved, is it actually a sport? Take greyhound racing, for example, or hunting from a duck blind, from which the dog retrieves the game.[citation needed]
  • Is 'any' activity a sport if a casual observer does not understand the nature of the competition? For example, in a conformation show, the handler and dog move around a ring for a judge to evaluate the dog's appearance and structure; the skill and knowledge required are not obvious to those uninterested in the sport.[citation needed]


An Alaskan Malamute going over an A-frame during a dog agility competition.

This list is intended only to represent anything that anyone is likely to refer to as a dog sport, not to argue its validity as sport.[citation needed]

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  • Sundance, K. (2010). 101 Ways to Do More With Your Dog: Make Your Dog a Superdog with Sports, Games, Exercises, Tricks, Mental Challenges, Crafts, and Bonding. Beverly, MA: Quarry Books.

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