Sports and Competition - Animal Sports and Competition Why...

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Animal Sports and Competition
Why compete? Provide an outlet for innate behaviors Past function: herding Current function: companionship Mental and physical workout Bonding with your pet Prestige Money and Awards Breeding purposes Fun!
Types of Competitions Conformation Meeting the breed standard (appearance) Example: American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Westminster Dog Show Performance Based on function/abilities Example: AKC and United Kennel Club (UKC) Agility Competition Just for Fun!
Examples Performance Agility Earthdog Trials Flyball Disc Dog Dock Diving Course Luring Canine Freestyle Rally Obedience Sheepdog/Herding Trials Tracking Trials Schutzhund Treibball Many more… Conformation Dog shows Cat Shows Controversial Sports Weight pulling Greyhound Racing Sled Dog Racing Hunting
Conformation Shows Judged on conforming to breed standards Purebred dog registries American Kennel Club (AKC) United Kennel Club (UKC) Purebred cat registries The International Cat Association (TICA) Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA)
Agility Competitive sport emphasizing teamwork between a dog and his handler Ability to successfully navigate through an obstacle course No standard course Goal: Clean Run Move through all obstacles correctly AND in the proper order A mistake is known as a fault

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