The canine sport of Disc Dog is a team sport that encourages and honors the bond between human and canine, with a human partner to throw the discs and a canine partner to catch them. The Cirneco Dell’Etna is known for being difficult to keep in a yard due to their amazing jumping ability. They are intelligent dogs who tend to get bored fairly quickly with most forms of training, however, the fast-paced and constantly changing nature of the canine disc dog sport is perfectly designed for their enthusiastic and electric dispositions. Teams can choose to simply enjoy the benefits of this challenging sport on their own, or they can choose to enter competitions which occur on local, nationwide, and even worldwide platforms.
While this dog breed is typically considered a very healthy breed of dog, they are somewhat prone to obesity, partially due to their tendency to counter surf. One way to stop them from counter surfing and reduce the tendency of the Cirneco Dell’Etna to overeat is to make their everyday supper a more interesting and entertaining experience. Teaching your dog to search for their supper not only provides a way to entertain your dog and slow down their eating, but it also provides them with additional physical and mental activity on a regular basis and helps them to satisfy their natural canine desire to forage for their food.
The Cirneco Dell’Etna, like other sighthounds, was used as a hunting animal, pursuing and taking down smaller game, typically rabbits, hares, and game birds. Lure coursing is a fairly new dog sport that is designed specifically for sighthound-type dogs with a high prey drive. The dogs compete by chasing a lure, generally a white plastic flag or bag, which is pulled along at a high rate of speed by a series of mechanical pullies. The action of the lure is meant to mimic that of natural prey by utilizing a zig-zagging pattern, and the dog is judged on their speed and their ability to adjust to the quick direction changes that are common of most fleeing game animals. Because this sport is not easy to replicate at home, in most cases you will need to find a lure coursing facility to practice at which can incur moderate fees for participants.