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NOSEWORK Inspired by working detection dogs, this is considered a fun sport for both dog and human. Any dog with a nose can do this sport and it is taught through fun and games. RALLY Th is is an obedience sport that allows unlimited communication between the dog and handler promoting fun for both dog and handler and requires teamwork and the dog to show it is enjoying itself. Obedi- ence is much more rigid and competitive. In Rally, the judge sets up a course from a stack of signs and the dog and handler must do them all correctly to qualify. Th e courses change every show. Th is is done interna- tionally. Th e World Dog Sport Federation holds international events in agility, obedi- ence, rally and flying disc. AGILITY Considered the ultimate game for dog and handler, Agility requires the handler to move a lot. Th e dog is o ff leash and sent to di ff erent obstacles. It is a timed course. Th is sport is done internationally. DOCK DIVING Dock Diving is a sport where the dog jumps as far as it can jumping after an object (favorite toy) into a body of water. Any breed of dog can do this.

Top left: Dock Diving at Purina, “Magic” is owned by Diane Roberts and Jennifer Riess. Top right: “Beamer” with owner ScottyMaloney. Photo courtesy of Gary Riess. Lower: Nocturne’s Irish Lace with owner/ breeder/handler HelenGleason.

“[AGILITY IS] CONSIDERED THE ULTIMATE GAME FOR DOG AND HANDLER...”

Rohan’s Reward, owned by Kay Springer.

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