High Flyin' Disc Dogs
Disc dog competitions are generally divided into two categories: Toss and Fetch, and Freestyle. In Toss and Fetch, the handler and dog have sixty seconds to throw the disc as many times as they can on the playing field with the dog fetching the disc. The distance the disc travels is measured and points are awarded—an extra half-point may be awarded for completely airborne catches.
For Freestyle, short routines are choreographed and set to music. Multiple discs are used, and the most athletic dogs are able to do flips (for professionals only!), jumps, vaults, and catch a quick succession of throws. Dogs are judged on canine athleticism, degree of difficulty, and showmanship. This part of competition is a crowd favourite and shows the highest level of competitive accomplishment. The pinnacle of the sport is to take one of the championships, such as the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge (from which the accompanying photos were taken), the Canine Frisbee Disc World Championship, or Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship. If you’re interested in teaching your dog the tricks of the trade, check out the Disc Dog Training DVD, available through skyhoundz.com.