Other Canine Activities
There are many other activities for you to try with your Rough or Smooth Collie, in addition to those currently covered by the RSCTA. Links have been included to enable you to look further.
Canicross & Bikejor:
Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs. Originating in Europe as off-season training for the mushing (sledding) community, it has become popular as a sport all over Europe, especially in the UK. A specialist harness and line are essential. There is canicross at Crufts. www.canix.co.uk
Bikejoring and dog scootering are also popular in the UK. A harnessed dog or team of dogs attached to a towline have to pull and run ahead of a bicycle or scooter. www.sleddogsportsgb.com
Flyball is a dog sport in which teams 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 while carrying the ball. www.flyball.org.uk
A new non-impact form of agility, which utilises a series of ground-level obstacles called Hoops. Instead of physical dexterity, the challenge of Hoopers is entirely focused on the ability of the handler and the dog to work together as a smooth flowing team. outintheopen.co.uk/OutintheOpen/NADAC_Hoopers.html
Trick Dog Title:
Dog and handler train together towards a goal — a trick dog title! This versatile title allows you to select tricks based upon your mutual strengths, assess
ment can be by video. domorewithyourdog.com/downloads/trickdogtitle.pdf and www.chrysalis-k9.co.uk
Dog Parkour (TM) combines elements of human parkour and dog agility to create an accessible activity for dogs and humans alike. This involves jumping, climbing, balancing over, crawling under, and going around different obstacles. www.developingdogs.co.uk
Treibball is a positive-reinforcement, competitive dog sport which originated in Germany. The dog must gather and drive very large exercise balls into a soccer goal. See The British Treibball Club on facebook
Tracking is a technique in which dogs are trained to locate certain objects by following the object's scent, for a variety of purposes. trackinglines.co.uk. There are awards to work for. www.uktrackingdog.co.uk
IPO (formerly Schutzhund):
The sport of IPO (Internationale Prüfungs-Ordnung) is a three part sport which includes Tracking, Obedience and Protection phases and the dog must pass all three phases in a trial. www.schutzhund-training.com There are IPO training clubs in the UK.