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Old 09-16-2013, 10:16 AM
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For those who do dog sports, why did you pick your sport(s)?
What are the pros/cons for you?
Is it what you expected?
What's the cost of participating like?
How much time do you put in?
How far do you travel for it?

Annnnd anything else you want to add. Just curious.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:37 AM
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For those who do dog sports, why did you pick your sport(s)?

*Mainly because Sara kept posting about it and it looked fun. I like training tricks and was looking for a sport I could do without equipment and at home. Once I started really getting into it I was hooked!

What are the pros/cons for you?


*Pros:
It's fun, the dogs LOVE it.
There is a never ending amount of ways you can train things and expand from you to the dog.
I love a lot of the people in the sport, they genuinely seem like they all really just want people out there having fun with your dog!
You can work on it in your yard and the house with tricks easily
Builds such a great bond between you and your dog and a high level of trust

Cons:
Discs get expensive when you have a hard biting dog and comps also can be expensive, but that's any sport really.
It's harder to train in the winter if you don't have a facility and seriously hurts much more when your dog is bouncing off of you and it's freezing out.
It can be a little overwhelming looking at all the things you need to work on, improve and incorporate.
Having to practice throwing skills by yourself.

Is it what you expected?

*Yes and no. Overall I think it's kinda what I thought it would be but like any sport once you start diving into it all these other things you never thought of or saw come to light.

What's the cost of participating like?

*I'm not deep enough to answer that yet, I'll tell you next year!

How much time do you put in?

I try to go out with each dog and work on something at least once a day. Normally I try to get a few short sessions daily with each of them.

I also spend way more time than I would like to admit looking at youtube videos

How far do you travel for it?

Well, so far the farthest was a few hours away in Indiana but I imagine next year and the coming years I'll find myself going much farther
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:47 AM
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Bored on the train, so thread time.

For those who do dog sports, why did you pick your sport(s)?
What are the pros/cons for you?
Is it what you expected?
What's the cost of participating like?
How much time do you put in?
How far do you travel for it?

Annnnd anything else you want to add. Just curious.
1. Agility- ever since I saw it I wanted to do it. Always was something I was drawn to.

Nosework- saw the intro class and thought it would be a fun diversion. Almost a year later and 5 class sessions later and I'm still doing it. Didn't expect that honestly.

Rally- at the time couldn't find an agility class.

2. Pros? Everything. Lots of great experiences, cool people to hang out with, my dogs gaining confidence and getting to go places and do fun things, me becoming a much better trainer...

Cons- money. I spend... A lot on classes. And some on equipment.

3. Yes and much more. I love agility.

4. Yes it's expensive. Classes, private lessons, equipment, trials... I spend several hundred a month on dogsports and that's without many trials. It's be cheaper if I had my own big yard and full course for sure. But I don't so... Even limited entries at the last trial was $100. I sunk in $200 last week on private lessons and a new set of classes. I'm usually in 3 classes a time.

5. My school is 15 mins away which is insanely lucky. My first agility club was 45 mins. Trials and fun runs so far have been within 45 mins or so but in November we have our first travel trial. So we will be doing hotel and driving in the day before.

Phone so probably typos.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:53 AM
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I forgot time put in...

I'm at the training facility 2-3 times a week most weeks. I work on nosework about twice a week on my own and agility is about the same. It depends. Lately we've done a lot of trick training instead of agility due to the heat and also my trainer is filming our tricks next week so I want them solid. Lol.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:58 AM
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For those who do dog sports, why did you pick your sport(s)?
Well, I fell in love with this Alaskan husky thing...

What are the pros/cons for you?
Pros: Exercising multiple dogs. Really fosters teamwork, bonding, and trust between the dogs and me and between the dogs themselves. It's fun, amazingly fun! I get to go out and do it in beautiful, scenic places.

Cons: Not always very convenient, not something I can just walk out the door and do around the neighborhood anymore. It's hard to start out with two green dogs and sometimes hard to run such a small team.

Is it what you expected?
Yes and no. It's a lot more fun than I expected, and it's been a lot more bonding than I expected. I didn't realize how much of a team we'd all be together rather than me being completely directive all the time. I didn't realize how the dogs would so clearly have different strengths/weaknesses. And I didn't realize how much our training for mushing would spill over into life in general.

What's the cost of participating like?
Initial cost of some of the equipment is pretty significant (scooter or other rig, skis). But once you get the big stuff, the ongoing costs of replacing harnesses, lines, etc. is actually pretty low for me with just 2 dogs. Entry fees to races has been very reasonable. One nice thing is that there are no classes (there are some mushing camps but they aren't "necessary") or need to rent space or use others' equipment.

How much time do you put in?
It depends on the season. Summer is a slow time for us if the weather is too warm to run dogs. Fall and winter, we are probably out 2-4 times a week. Each run all told, including not only the run but getting to and from the park and getting equipment ready beforehand and put up afterwards is probably 1.5-2 hours.

How far do you travel for it?
For training/practice around here, just 5 miles or so to the state park. For races, the farthest I've gone is about 3-4 hours. Next year I may do one up in the Arrowhead that would be about a 6 hour drive.

Annnnd anything else you want to add. Just curious.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:12 AM
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Why did you pick your sport(s)?
In order of starting them....
Rally - Bullied into it by friends
Obedience - Seemed the natural thing to do after rally.
Agility - Tried it for kicks, fell in love
Dock Diving - Big-Jumping Water-Loving Retriever made me do it
Field - Bird-/Work-Loving Retriever made me do it

What are the pros/cons for you?
Pros- Working with my dogs, exploring all that we can do together, seeing how we stack up compared to others, having a blast.
Cons- Time and money.

Is it what you expected?
I'm not really sure what I expected going in, haha. This all just sort of developed until one day I found myself way down the rabbit hole, unsure how I got there

What's the cost of participating like?
Brutal.

How much time do you put in?
Hard to say. Actively training specific conpetiton skills? Not a lot. But I've spent enormous amounts of time learning, researching, building relationships, keeping my dogs physically and mentally fit, and doing all those little things that lead up to a healthy and wonderful working partnership.

How far do you travel for it?
I try to stay within a day's travel (out and back) due to cost and simply preferring to sleep under my own roof.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:23 AM
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[B]For those who do dog sports, why did you pick your sport(s)?
I've only trialed in Rally. I have been geared towards obedience since I started 'training' my dogs when I was young. Taking a basic obedience/manners class, kind of made it's progression towards competition obedience or rally.
I'm starting an agility class tonight actually (natural progression again, towards other sports), I'm expecting to like it, but I love obedience.

What are the pros/cons for you?
Pros...I get out of my house to do a hobby that I love. I have lots of fun, get to meet cool people, and better my relationship with my dog. The dogs get out and about. Cons..I guess the cost, and the time commitment. I have a hard time finding classes that fit my schedule, but I do a never-ending weekly drop-in obedience class so it is okay.

Is it what you expected?
Yes!

What's the cost of participating like?
I don't find classes too bad...my drop-in class is $10/week. Some of the facilities are kind of pricey and I balk at them...like 6 weeks for $150? 6 weeks isn't enough time for anything. My agility class is 8 weeks/$100. I prefer like "regional" clubs, versus a large facility.

How much time do you put in?
Once or twice a week classes. Trials I guess every few months once I'm ready.

How far do you travel for it?
So far I've traveled about two hours for a trial. I wouldn't mind traveling further but I don't need to, I'm not trialing every weekend and there are usually a few to pick from every month.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:37 AM
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For those who do dog sports, why did you pick your sport(s)?
(past)
I picked Flyball because I had a high drive dog who loved to play fetch and tug.
(Present)
I picked agility due to it's availability.
We picked Dock diving because the dogs were water rats.
We picked IPO because it fits.
We picked Obed because of the challenge.
We picked Barnhunt for the fun.

What are the pros/cons for you?
No cons really, cost I guess but really we choose to do the sports and we could quit at any point. Dog sports are the way Denis and I spend our weekends together.

Is it what you expected?
Yup

What's the cost of participating like?
Agility runs cost about 20-30 per run and you usually do two-three a day at a trial. Classes tend to be about 100 for 6 weeks.
IPO costs about 50+ per trial and 125-300 a year for membership to a club (plus score book prices).
Obed cost 20-30 and classes range with agility classes.

How much time do you put in?
We train when we have time during the week each morning and we have set training on tuesday night for agility plus sat & sun morning for IPO.

How far do you travel for it?
It depends on the level of event. Normally we try to not go more than a few hours away for a trial (luckily we have plenty closer) but for a regional or national event we'd travel. We are trying to plan the ABMC nat'ls in may in Montana and the Barn hunt nat'ls in november at purina farms in MO.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:08 PM
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why did you pick your sport(s)?

I started with obedience because I read "Champion Dog, Prince Tom" when I was a kid. I started with agility because I figured my dog needed something to do when not doing obedience. Most of the other stuff we've done, I've tried because it was available.

What are the pros/cons for you?

Time and money are the cons to all the sports. The pros are that I get to have a good time with my dogs, make friends with people who share my enthusiasm for dogs, and get forced out of the house on a regular basis. More specifically:

Obedience teaches a lot of useful life skills. People competing in obedience can be kind of stuffy.

Agility is challenging, forces me to stay active, is super fun for the dogs, builds strong teamwork with the dogs. I spend a lot of money on agility.

Coursing just makes my dog happy, and I like watching dogs run. It can be a bit hazardous to the dogs.

Barn Hunt is super fun for the dogs, and actually the least expensive sport I participate in at this time. I like watching dogs do stuff that's natural and instinctive to them. I probably couldn't do just Barn Hunt, because there's not much training.

Conformation is fun when you win, and my dog is a ham. But it's fairly stupid.

Is it what you expected?

Yes, pretty much.

What's the cost of participating like?

Depends on how much you choose to invest in it. I spend thousands every year on agility, between seminars, traveling to compete, entry fees, etc. I don't spend nearly as much on the others, because I don't spend as much time on them. Other than agility, the main thing I've been competing in lately is Barn Hunt. Entry fees for that are comparatively low, and so far, I've been able to compete at commute distance from home. There's no training, so it's been pretty cheap for me.
Conformation can be insanely expensive, but I buy my show clothes at Ross, don't pay for a handler, and these days, I pretty much only show if I'm going to be there anyway. And the Bred By classes are usually cheaper to enter. So almost all my competition money goes to agility.

How much time do you put in?

Not that much, I suppose. I train agility about once a week. (more with a puppy, when they're first learning the behaviors) Other stuff I train here and there, if training is needed. I used to spend both of my 2 weekends off per month competing in some dog sport or another, but due to money troubles, I have been competing considerably less.

How far do you travel for it?

A drive of up to 2 hours would be normal. Further than that, if it's something I really want to go to. I've been known to drive a couple thousand miles for a specialty. The furthest I've traveled is from Portland, OR to Orlando, FL for the Agility Invitational. (that was by plane, obviously, I don't have that much time to drive)
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:05 PM
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For those who do dog sports, why did you pick your sport(s)?

I love tricks. More than anything. I would so much rather train a sweet parlor trick than train a sit stay. Any day of the week. Disc dog allows me to do that, and better yet, we score better because of it!

What are the pros/cons for you?

Judging is very subjective. If a judge doesn't like you, that very well could reflect in your score. You also need to have tough skin, you can score in the top 10 one day, and the bottom 10 the next.

Pros, the people. I love the people. Also, the team work that is involved. I'm not a fan of one-sided sports, I like to be working just as hard as my dog.

Is it what you expected?

I honestly didn't think I'd get hooked so hard by it. I was just going to dabble, but that never happens with me. Other than that, yes.

What's the cost of participating like?

Comp gear so far has been the most expensive part. Chairs, canopies, mats, etc. Local comps are really cheap, the big comps are a lot more expensive. Nothing compared to agility though!

How much time do you put in?

I work my dogs pretty much once a day during the season, about once a week on the off season. We do toss and fetch every morning before work and try to hit up a park sometime during the day. Or if I can't do that, we train a trick indoors.

How far do you travel for it?

Our club has about 5 local comps a year, all relatively close to me (1-2 hours at the most). I'm starting to attend a lot more out of state comps, so far New Castle, IN is the furthest I've traveled. Next year I'm hoping to travel to Illinois, Colorado, Tennessee, Georgia and possibly Florida. If I can afford it.
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