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Pit Bull Activities
Pit Bull Exercise Activities
Pit Bulls, like many dogs, can have boundless amounts of energy. Their build lends to some pretty amazing activities to train their bodies as well as minds. Here are some impressive activities you can do with your Pit Bull.
Dock Dog Competion
Dock jumping, also known as dock diving, is a dog sport in which dogs compete in jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water.
A team consists of one dog, of any type or size, and usually one handler but sometimes two handlers. Dogs must be over six months of age to compete. Handlers may use a toy, also known as the chase object. The dogs are not required to chase or retrieve the toy.
Read more at DockDogs.com.
The Working Pit Bull
This book was written when the only books available on the breed pictured beat-up looking dogs on heavy chains while the author extolled the virtues of pit bulls as tools for maiming and destroying other dogs. In the battle against BSL, these books were and are being used against the breed. In an effort to get something positive published and in the hands of law makers and humane officers, Diane Jessup quickly produced The Working Pit Bull. This book points out how the breed, in responsible hands, can be so much more. TWPB has tons of color pictures of dogs working and playing and is a book to show to people who say the pit bull is only good for fighting. Those who are looking for ways to help the breed should consider donating one to their local library.
Pit Bull Agility
Agility Events are fast-paced exercises in which the handler directs the dog through a course involving tunnels, a sway bridge, jumps and other obstacles in a race against the clock. Speed is important, but control and accuracy are as well. The dogs are scored on the manner in which they negotiate these obstacles and the time elapsed to complete the course.
Pit Bull Weight Pulling
Dog Pulling is akin to a tractor pull. Dogs compete to see who can pull the most weight 16 feet. They pull a wheeled cart on an earthen surface, or a sled on snow. The handler has no contact with the dog during the pull, so it is up to the dogs willingness to pull. Safety of the dog is of paramount concern. Since IWPA's organization in 1984, no dogs have been hurt in competition.
The objective of a competition is to see which dogs (within their weight class) can pull the most weight 16 feet within one minute. A tie is broken by the dog that pulled in the least amount of time on the preceding weight. Dogs compete within their own weight class, of which there are eight: 0-20#, 21-40#, 41-60#, 61-80#, 81-100#, 101-125# , 126-150#, 151#and over.
Read more at the International Weight Pull Association.
Flyball races match two teams of four dogs each, racing side-by-side over a 51 foot long course. Each dog must run in relay fashion down the jumps, trigger a flyball box, releasing the ball, retrieve the ball, and return over the jumps. The next dog is released to run the course but can't cross the start/finish line until the previous dog has returned over all 4 jumps and reached the start/finish line. The first team to have all 4 dogs finish the course without error wins the heat.
Read more at North American Flyball Association.
Teams of one person and one dog compete in the standard distance "toss and fetch" event. Points are awarded to the team for catches at varying distances. Competitions also often feature the dynamic freestyle event, which consists of short routines choreographed to music with multiple discs in play. The less common long distance events have various formats, but generally the longest catch wins.
Divisions in frisbee dog events are usually based on the skill and experience of the handler. Men and women generally compete in the same divisions for all disciplines, although the long distance category is sometimes divided by gender.
Read more at Skyhoundz Disc Dog.