Doorgaan naar hoofdcontent

Why I don't do dogfrisbee or fetch

I'm constantly trying new fun things to do with my dogs, but there is something I just never did with any of my dogs.
Go to the park to go play fetch, and dogfrisbee.
Why.....
Well first of all, it seems that the majority of collies doesn't want to fetch a bal. (Read, none of my collies ever wanted to fetch a ball) I have to say most of the time when I see such activity's I think wow cool, but it isn't really my cup of tea.

After reading a book about agility and injuries, I began thinking about other sports too.
I know my collies are a herding breed, and they need to be swift and agile, they have to turn and run around sheep, but that is way different then running after a bal in the park.

Over the years we people created all those particular dogbreeds for our own purposes and needs, and as the years passed, and also the coming of machines etc. dogs where not needed for that function anymore, we just keep them as company. That is awsome ofcourse, but the base of our dog is still that active animal.
So to keep our animals in a great shape we do all kinds of exercise,what is great, but have you ever heard about a dog who was chasing a hare 50 times a day??
When dogs used to search for their own food, ofcourse they chased hares and rabbits, they got their food in the end and they could rest for the next moment to arive to chace their food.
But when we go to a dogpark to exercise our dogs we trow a ball like 20 times? more?? Or we throw a frisbee, also superfun, but what happens to all those joints?

While they jump and come down their is a lot of stress on the body of the dog, and they could land very badly, and injure themselves, and while fetching a ball a dozen times, they need to jump and turn around and make strange moves, what is not normal for a dogs body.

So while reading this book and thinking about this activities, I knew  why I didn't really bother teaching my doggies fetch.......
I go walking instead (btw, you loose some calories yourselve when your walk :)  )


Reacties

  1. None of us play fetch either. We do our tracking and nose work for sports and walk and run daily for exercise.

    BeantwoordenVerwijderen
  2. We love to walk and hike, too. It makes us both feel great!

    BeantwoordenVerwijderen
    Reacties
    1. I really like to get exercised myself, so walking and hiking is to me also more fun

      Verwijderen
  3. You are right, it can put some stress on their joints to do some of those activities which is one reason we always recommend to work up to it and also to do a good warm-up exercise. Walking is the best though!

    BeantwoordenVerwijderen
    Reacties
    1. Yes indeed warm-up's are very important, aswel as training to a goal.

      Verwijderen
  4. you made some important points, I never thought about it like that before. Dakota likes fetch (occasionally), but not all of the time. DakotasDen

    BeantwoordenVerwijderen
    Reacties
    1. I'm looking at a lot of demo's of dogsports while we are at dogshows, and I Always have my thinkingmodus on. And sometimes I think wow cool, and sometimes I'm really worried for the dogs fysical condition

      Verwijderen

Een reactie posten

Populaire posts van deze blog

The collie standard by Mia Ejerstad

Another great book, and I happen to be the lucky girl who has both of her books. It is the same, but the small one is the first one she published and the larger one is the new revisited one.

Why is this book a great one??? Well this one will explain with picutres to go with it, how the ideal collie should look. All parts of the collie come along while you read this book. Headtypes, what is a perfect shape of a head, what is acceptable, and various faults, in bigger and lesser degree. But also how angulation needs to be in front and back, and what is an acceptable tail! I think that it is very nice that all ellements come in to vision with many drawings,  because while explaining a form in letters, it is far more easy to see for youselve on a picture.

Many beautifull drawing from the hand of Mia are in this book, she really knows how to capture the beauty of the collie and make the standard of our breed into vision.
I do go over this book so many times, and it gives me a clear view of …

Mijn vriend Rik

I'm so sorry for not posting for a while but sometimes there are so many other things to do, and I need to go to work to get my money so it's been a while.
But now I want to share again a very very nice book I got. I had it as a present from one of my best friends, and mentors in the collie breed.

This book is about a Rotweiller and it's called  Mijn vriend Rik, by Jan van Rheenen.
At first I tought why I wanna read a book about a Rotweiller, but I have a very cool colliebook by the same writer, and it wasn't the largest book with the most pages, so I started reading it.

You wouldn't believe how quick I finished this book, the story is so great told, this man can really write a book you get hooked on (if you like dogbooks) when I finished it, wat was within 2 days I found it like I read some Terhune story but then with another breed and another language.

The books first publishing date was in 1954, and that makes the book very sweet in reading, no fowl languages, a…

Judging at dogshow-ringtraining

Last year, in December, yes I know a while back, I judged at the showtraining event of Dogshow-ringtraining Drouwenermond.

I was asked if I wanted to do judging of their last day of the training season, to make a nice ending of their trainingsyear.
Ofcoarse I'm not a real conformation Judge, but I have been intensively showing dogs since 2004, so I know how things are going in the showring.

So in december it was their end of the season, and my first ever judging apointment.
There where multiple groups of dogs and it really went just like a real dogshow, only I went over the dogs, not judging the dogs, but taking notice of their handler if they where doing the correct thing.
Showing me the bite of their dog, gaiting them and presenting them.

For every dog was made a judging report with points, so that was really curious for me too.
I was so focused on all aspects I didn't really know who was my nr 1 handler.

So when they calculated points I was just as curious as all the partic…