The Latest in Dog Sports


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Dog sports are on the rise and Amazing Pet Expos is showing their love for this trend by giving pet-lovers the opportunity to see a variety of such sports at each of their Expos.

Lure Chasing is a fast-paced, fun chase sport. Dogs run after a “bunny” lure (usually a white plastic bag) that is attached to a line that is controlled by a machine and a lure operator. The machine runs the line at the speed determined by the lure operator (and the dogs) and the dogs chase the lure.

At the Expos, pet parents will be invited to allow their pups to try out the course for themselves, so that they have the opportunity to decide if their pets could benefit from the exercise and excitement of Lure Chasing.

“There are lots of activities and dog sports out there and it’s no secret that dogs often have a little too much energy,” says Meghan Wolfgram of Swift Paws, “Lure chasing is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to tire your pup out both mentally and physically.”

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Along with Swift Paws, the Georgia Dachshund Races will be at the Atlanta Pet Expo in order to demonstrate with these little dogs can do. During Doxie Derby, Dachshunds will run swiftly to their owner at the finish line, coaxed by food or toys. These small dogs are hilarious to watch, as spectators will wonder if they’re going towards the target or are just there to make friends with other Dachshunds.

“Doxie Derby is always a fun and entertaining addition to the Expos,” says Patti Welch, Vice President of Amazing Pet Expos, “No matter the dog sport, we’re always happy to watch the pets of our attendees having fun and showing us how to embrace new things.”

Along with these two sports, slowly rising in popularity, attendees to any Pet Expo can expect to see dogs participating in Flyball, Agility, Treibball, Nosework, and even Disc Dogs! Attendees and their dogs are invited to learn and participate at the Expos.

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Dog sports are a major benefit to any pet. There are quite a few articles from Animal Wellness Magazine about dog sports and the benefits of letting your dog partake in them. Many domesticated dogs can appear bored or need the exercise that comes with it, simply because there are things that they can do that we no longer need them to do.

Even if you can’t make it to an Expo, there are so many resources in your own hometown. Take a moment and search online for “Dog Sports” along with your zip code to find out where you can take your pet to participate in some amazing exercises that will hopefully leave them relaxed and tired by the time they get home!

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