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New Sport: UpDog | The Bark – The Dog Lovers

Anybody who participates in a canine sport, like agility or rally obedience, is aware of that there are quite a few advantages. Not solely do you get enjoyable train, however you develop a deep bond along with your pup. Nonetheless, it may be laborious to “get into” actions like agility. As a lot as I’ve tried to get my non-“canine competitors” mates into the game, it is troublesome as a result of the time, value, and talent required.

5 disc doggers in Florida got down to reduce the barrier to entry by making their favourite sport extra accessible. Kat and Jack Fahle, Andrea and Jason Rigler, and Babz Mahony created UpDog as a result of they discovered that disc canine was largely restricted to extraordinarily athletic pups and handlers that had been good at throwing discs lengthy distances (when you’ve seen me throw a ball, you’d know why I do not take part!).

Their aim was to design a sport that was extra newbie pleasant. UpDog, which contains parts of each agility and disc canine, options video games that enable for brief tosses, a wider vary of disc varieties, and enjoying with a number of discs. This helps open the video games as much as extra various participation. For instance, for canines that may solely return a disc when you’ve got one other one in your hand, UpDog has video games that enable a number of discs to be in play. If you cannot throw greater than six toes away (like me!), there are video games the place you solely should throw discs shorter distances. UpDog additionally permits the rolling of discs to let folks with out throwing expertise work on distance methods.

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Not like in disc canine, profitable isn’t essential to advance. In UpDog, you’re employed in direction of your personal private finest by incomes factors to maneuver up in degree (much like agility). Every degree brings new expertise to study and grasp. Nonetheless, the UpDog staff emphasizes that in depth coaching in agility or disc canine isn’t required. In case your pup can catch a disc (even one rolled on the bottom) and might do easy agility jumps and tunnels, you may have a good time at an UpDog occasion.

UpDog courses have solely been supplied for the reason that spring, however occasions are already filling up throughout the nation. Search for competitions, that are open to spectators, in Illinois, New Hampshire, and even Canada. I hope that this exercise will get extra folks to find the fantastic world of canine sports activities!

For extra data on this budding sport, go to the UpDog web page.

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