Looking for some fun activities to do with your dog that they will love? Check out the details and links below about some of the most popular activities available in Ireland:
- Agility: Most people have seen agility at Crufts on telly. It is an obstacle course consisting of 20 obstacles; jumps, tunnels, see-saws, etc. The dogs love the sport and it gets you fit too! Click below to find a club near you
- Showing: If you have a pedigree dog with papers here’s the information you need to show them. www.ikc.ie
- Obedience: Obedience is a sport known for it’s precision and accuracy, it involves training and teamwork between you and your dog. Basic obedience courses benefit every dog and owner for happier home lives.
- Flyball: Flyball is a rapid relay type sport, it consists of dogs having to jump 4 jumps, catch a tennisball, bring it back over the jumps and home before the next dog can go. There’s no club really involved at the moment in Ireland but it’s coming soon no doubt
- Hospital Visiting: Peata organises visiting teams to go into hospitals and residential facilities to visit the residents who miss their own animals. If you feel your dog would be suitable visit their website to learn more.
- Dock Jumping: This is a brand new sport from America, again not in Ireland yet. It involves dogs running down a 40ft dock and then jumping as far as possible into a 40ft pool. The dogs love it and spectators get wet! Learn more here
- Dog Sledding: No, you dont have to have snow, your sled can have wheels. Learn more here
- Heelwork to music: This is a sport derived from obedience, it’s a cross between dancing and obedience.Learn more here
- Sheep dog trials: Mainly for people with collies and their own land and animals. Learn more here
- Working Trials: This sport consists of tracking, search and retrieve, and an obstacle course. Visit WTCI website to learn more
Agility and Obedience Lessons/Clubs
- Working Canine Association of Ireland – website, facebook
- Wexford Dog Training Club – 087 9222728 facebook
- Working Trials Club of Ireland – Website, facebook
- Dublin Dog Training, Swords – 086 7301001 website, facebook
- Fingal Dog Club – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01 8454198
- Fur Fun Agility, Celbridge – 087 2500287, website
- Blanchardstown DTC – email@example.com – 087 2832455
If you are having problems with your dog and want an expert to help you contact the following:
- Dublin Pet School – Siobhan – website – 086 3218132
- Dublin Dog Training – John – website – 086 7301001
- Tag N Rye – Julie – website – 087 2426738 – 01 4513324
If you are involved in any of those activities and want your club listed here email aine@DogsAid.ie with your details.