That first flyball tournament I watched back in 2005 put me off attempting it with my own dogs; the tug-o-war thing, or tug as it’s referred to, used as praise and enticement for the dogs really put me off. I described it last week, but didn’t elaborate on my experience with tugging. Forty-five or so years ago, when I got my first purebred dog, a golden retriever, I was told by the breeders to never play tug of war with the puppy.
Back in 2005 I went to my first flyball tournament as a spectator. There was a big tourney held in Chico at the Hooker Oak ball fields and I especially enjoyed it because some of my dog friends were competing. As I approached the entrance of the parking lot, the din of hundreds of frantically barking dogs reached my ears; no signs to point the way to the race course were necessary.
If the headline sounds familiar, it’s because this particular topic has become one of my “annuals”. As a dog writer, obedience instructor and advocate of responsible, compassionate ownership, I feel honor bound to address the animal control issue on a regular basis; usually when I get my dog license renewals in the mail. Today when I went down to the shelter to pay those fees I was surprised to see the parking lot full and the office packed with people.
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