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I have three dogs of different breeds and would like to involve them in sporting activities that would best suit their talents. How can I best determine what those are?

I have three dogs of different breeds and would like to involve them in sporting activities that would best suit their talents. How can I best determine what those are?

BY: The Dog Daily Expert

It does help to consider your pet’s breed when considering a canine sport. Wendy Nan Rees and Kristen Hampshire, co-authors of the Dog Lover’s Daily Companion: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Living a Rich Life With Your Dog, provide useful suggestions for determining sporting activities based on your dog’s talents. The authors match breeds to activities.

See if you can find your dogs’ breeds on their lists:

Agility: Australian shepherd, Belgian sheepdog, border collie, miniature schnauzer, mixed breeds, papillon, Shetland sheepdog, standard poodle

Swimming: Flat-coated retriever, golden retriever, Labrador retriever, Newfoundland, Portuguese water dog

Fetching: Border collie, Chesapeake Bay retriever, German shepherd, golden retriever, Labrador retriever

Jogging: Dalmatian, Irish setter, pointer, Rhodesian ridgeback, vizsla, Weimaraner

Flyball: Australian cattle dog, border collie, Canaan dog, Jack Russell terrier, mixed breeds, Shetland sheepdog, whippet

Tricks and Obedience: Bichon frise, German shepherd, golden retriever, Labrador retriever, papillon, toy poodle

The above are just suggestions, of course. Some terriers may love to swim, for example, while certain dalmatians may excel at obedience. Much of that depends upon each of your dogs’ individual talents and experiences.


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