Do you like to dance? Maybe your dog likes to dance with you? Well, there is a certain type of dog sport that can accommodate that for both of you. It is called musical canine freestyle or freestyle dance and it involves creative moves from both you and your pooch. All breeds are into this kind of thing no matter their size, breed, or gender although it does involve a bit of discipline. Freestyle heeling is mainly about your dog being able to heel while you dance. This style is really more about the heeling than the dancing but if you are not a dancer, then you may not enjoy this one. All your canine counterpart has to do is sit there next to you no matter where you move and what you are doing. Seems pretty easy, right? If your dog wants to move around with you, then musical freestyle is more suited for you. In this type of competition, your dog will be expected to move and perform with you, doing tricks such as rolling over, spinning, and jumping.
Because your dog is part Dachshund, you may want to try Wiener dog racing. This sport is actually very popular in the United States and they even have competitions where you and your pooch can win medals and trophies. You may hear negative criticism about wiener dog racing because there has been some controversy around the sport in some areas. The controversy had a lot to do with previous Greyhound racing issues of abuse and the act of euthanizing the Greyhound after they are no longer able to race. This has never been the case with Wiener racing, but do your homework before jumping into any kind of sport. There are many professional competitions that support this sport, but the Dachshund Club of America is not one of them. They are opposed due to the Dachshund’s susceptibility to back injuries so be sure your Toy Foxie Doxie has a clean bill of health whenever starting this or any other type of sport. Since your dog is a mixed breed, they do have a slight chance of this weakened spine disorder, but your veterinarian can check this for you easily with one examination.
Flyball is a fun sport for all sizes, no matter the gender or breed. What dog does not like to jump, run, and fetch a ball? Well, that is exactly what flyball is about. Your dog will be running in teams of four, jumping over hurdles and pressing a spring-loaded pad on a box that tosses them a tennis ball. They then have to bring that ball back to you, jumping over the same hurdles as before. This sport started in the 1960s in Southern California and the first flyball box was made public on the Tonight Show in the 1970s. The first official competition was held in California in 1983 but it is now held all over the world including Germany, Poland, Belgium, South Africa, and Australia. This sport is great exercise for your pooch and will satisfy Fido’s physical activity needs if done often enough.
All dogs enjoy going to the dog park. Find one that suits you and your dog and get out there and mingle. Not only is it good for your dog to get physical activity but it is good for them to learn to socialize with other dogs and humans. And it is good for you too. Bring along some dog poo bags because not all parks supply them and even those that do can run out occasionally.
Just like going to the dog park, pooches love to hike. There are so many scents and trails to discover no matter what park or hiking path you choose. Just be sure that dogs are allowed before putting on your boots and grabbing Fido’s leash. And don’t forget the dog poo bags.