Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Time for Treibball!

Perhaps your dog is too old for the physical demands of agility but still has a lot of spunky energy. Or maybe you want to entertain your dog but can't keep up with the running required of you as an owner in agility. Perhaps you own a herding dog and are tired of being herded by your pet! Whatever your reason, the new dog sport known as Treibball (pronounced "try-ball") is a great option you now have at Morris K9 Campus!

Invented in Germany, Treibball recently became popular in the U.S in 2007 and 2008. The concept is simple; the handler communicates verbally or with hand signals to their canine companion to move 8 large exercise balls, one at a time into a large goal. The exercise balls are arranged in a triangular fashion. The space between the balls and the goal is about half the length of a soccer field. What color ball the dog moves is important and should be communicated by the handler. All 8 balls must be moved into the net in the time frame of 15 minutes. Because the dog must push the ball with her nose or shoulders, this game is ideal for members of the herding category, since it is akin to herding sheep into a pen. Treibball is a wonderful canine activity as it is both physically and mentally stimulating. Best of all, it provides an opportunity for you to bond with your pet!

This video shows what the game of Treibball is like and illustrates the importance of dog and handler communication.

For more information on Morris K9 Campus’ upcoming Treibball offerings, please visit our Specialty Classes page.


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