Back when people tilled fields with plows, instead of racing across them in agility courses, dogs had important roles of protecting, hunting, and livestock tending that made them indispensable to daily living.
Today, our dogs are more likely to be companions in the home than coworkers in the field. But they still have the drive and instinct to do something other than watch Animal Planet all day long. Dog sporting events channel that energy in positive ways. And most require teamwork that builds a bond between human and furry competitor. Here we’ve gathered 40 facts on various doggie athletics, from the common to the unusual, to inspire you to get up off the couch and get involved.
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