Dock jumping is a simple, yet exciting sport that has been exploding all over the country. Ultimate Air is the basic form of competition that started dock jumping. Dogs run down the dock and handlers try to get them to fly as far as they can after a toy. It’s a thrilling, adrenaline-driven event that is a blast for handlers and crowds alike. Ultimate Vertical is a newer twist on the sport that started as a training tool to get more distance out of dogs. It’s a form of high jumping. A training bumper is held 8’ out over the water by an extender. A starting height is set and dogs must bring the bumper down (by either a knock or a catch) for that height to count, then the bumper is moved up two inches and the dog progresses until the next round. This repeats until there is only one dog still soaring, and crowd excitement builds the higher and higher the dogs fly. Fetch It is the newest game where the toys is moved out over the pool instead of up ( Ultimate Vertical ).
Another plus to dock jumping is that it’s probably one of the safest dog sports out there. There’s no real pressure on the joints, as the dogs are landing in water, which is especially good for older dogs. There’s also no training required to participate, unlike most other dog sports; you can just come out and try it with your dog. Some are very competitive and do lots of training and conditioning for their dogs. Others just see it as another way to have a fun time with their dogs and meet a lot of fellow dog lovers!
Is your dog a star at bunny chasing? How about those pesky squirrels? If your dogs lives to chase the creatures of the wild, check out UKC Lure Coursing. Racing across a field free as the wind in the quest of an artificial lure, it doesn’t get any better than that! Lure Coursing is a performance event in which dogs chase an artificial lure around a predetermined course. Dogs are evaluated based on speed, agility and endurance. Coursing Aptitude Tests are open to all breeds and all mixed breed dogs with a UKC.
An exciting competitive event open to all dogs: purebred, mixed breeds and rescue dogs of all types and ages. All dogs can benefit from the training and fun of Rally Obedience! Rally Obedience is a fun, fast-paced demonstration of a dog and handler’s ability to perform basic obedience exercises; as well as offering an opportunity to showcase teamwork between you and your dog. Teams follow a course of signs in a ring which indicate an obedience routine based on their skill level.
The purpose of Barn Hunt is to demonstrate a dog’s vermin hunting ability in finding and marking rats in a “barn-like” setting, using straw/hay bales to introduce climbing and tunneling obstacles in the dog’s path. Barn Hunt is based on the skills historically used by itinerant “ratcatchers” in traveling the countryside, ridding farms of vermin, thus helping conserve and preserve food grains and cutting down on disease.
While ratcatchers often used breeds such as Jack/Parson Russell Terriers, they also used other non go-to-ground breeds such as Manchester Terriers, Rat Terriers, and a variety of breeds and mixes of small to medium size. Some breeds have never had an officially licensed test which truly emulates their traditional working task. Barn Hunt will fill that role.
Barn Hunt is also for any breed or mix of dog who loves to hunt and who can fit through an 18” wide gap between two hay bales. It will test speed, agility, and surefootedness. While not specifically targeted at larger dogs or dogs without a vermin hunting history, Barn Hunt is all inclusive and fun for any dog and human who wishes to play the game.
Conformation Events, or Dog Shows, are competitive events for purebreds where a judge evaluates a dog’s structure as it compares to a written description of the perfect specimen of that breed, called a standard. While it may appear that dogs are being judged against one another, each dog is actually being compared to the judge’s mental image of the perfect dog of that breed.
The judges must be familiar with not only the standards of the breeds they judge, but with the Conformation rules and regulations as well. Each dog is examined by the judge in a posed position and must also gait in a pattern to allow the judge to evaluate its efficiency of movement. Dog shows may be held for one breed, several breeds or all breeds, depending on the experience of the club in managing such events. UKC also offers altered conformation classes!
Does your dog pull you along the sidewalk every time you take him for a walk? Does your shoulder ache from your dog’s constant straining at his leash? Well, your dog might be a star at Weight Pull! Weight Pull Events give dogs an opportunity to perform a function that comes naturally to many dogs, one that they obviously enjoy. Dogs use a harness to pull a weighted cart a prescribed distance within one minute. The weight vehicles operate either on wheels, on snow or on a rail system. The dogs work toward earning titles based on how much weight they pull in proportion to their body weight so from the smallest to the largest, all dogs can compete. Never count out even the tiniest of dogs in this exciting competition! All breeds, mixes, sizes, and ages welcome!
NoseWork is the fastest growing sport in the dog wold. The goal of NoseWork to have your dog find target odors and alert you to their location. For UKC competition those target odors are Birch, Anis, Clove, Myrhh, and Vetiver. No other activity uses your dogs brain like NoseWork. They get a great mental workout and you don’t have to run around at all! All ages and breeds welcome.
Welcome to Central Coast Canines! Take some time to click around the site and learn about who we are and the fun that we have with our dogs. If you are new to dog training you are welcome to join and help out with trials and fun matches. You will meet some great people and have a blast. Before you can start joining us at our training meet ups your dog will need to be started in training. Visit this website to get started training your dog in a fun new sport.