Clackamas County Dog Services
holds a dog sports demo day every year as a fundraiser for the shelter dogs. I was originally just going to spectate with Mr. N. After a two-hour class, I didn’t expect him to want to do any more work. He seemed perky enough and there weren’t that many other dogs there so I ended up signing him up.
It’s free to watch (dog treats or food donation encouraged). I brought along some Jones chews
to donate. And five dollars to try out the various sports (scent work, carting, barn hunt, clicker training, flyball and agility). They also provide yellow ribbons
for the dogs that need more space.
We headed over to the carting booth where (as expected), we were told that there were no carts for Mr. N’s size. Instead, one of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club
volunteers pulled Mr. N around as he sat regally for his photo.
The Berners were very sweet and mellow. I don’t think they moved the entire time we were there.
Mr. N’s favorite booth was probably the scent work one. We had a discussion with the Pacific Truffle Dogs
trainer about different methods of teaching scent work while Mr. N was rewarded with salmon treats for finding odor.
At the clicker training booth, Mr. N decided he knew everything already and found the dog bed and took a nap.
Mr. N ran through the chute and did some cavalettis at the agility booth.
He had a sudden burst of energy at the flyball booth and played some tug and did a jump.
By the time we reached the Barn Hunt booth, he was done and just wandered around sniffing the ground.
Earlier, he was very interested in the rats cage. I think he finds Barn Hunt boring… he is like so I found the rats, now what? He can do it. He has a ribbon from a fun test but he much prefers lure coursing where there is the thrill of the chase.
Does your dog have a favorite sport? Any new ones you want to try?