Canine agility is a competitive sport where a handler directs their dog through a timed obstacle course, 
off leash and with only hand and voice commands. The course is complicated enough that a dog could 
not complete it correctly without handler direction and is a demonstration of dog and handler teamwork. 

The sport began in the late 1970's in the United Kingdom as entertainment during intermission at the 
Cruft'sDog Show. The course was based on horse jumping and has evolved to include weave poles, 
tunnels and teeters. The time filler became so popular that it grew into local, then national, and 
eventually international competitions. Agility trials are very exciting, and great fun for both dog and 
handler, and have become the fastest-growing dog sport in the U.S. over the last few years.
Many people don't think of Rottweilers when they think of herding dogs. They were once known as the
'butchers dog', Rottweilers have a history of being the herding dog as well as the guard dog for the 
ancient farmers of Germany. Their herding lineage  traces back 2000+ years ago to the Roman era
when their ancestors were used drover dogs to herd and guard livestock to feed the soldiers across
what we now call Europe. 

They are seldom seen on ranches today but the Southwestern Rottweiler Club of San Diego promotes
the herding instinct by sponsoring AKC and AHBA herding trials. Watch our events page to see when
our next trail is and come watch!
In addition to herding, Rottweilers were used to bring the farmers' products to market via cart. Until the
early 20th century, Rottweilers, as well as other breeds, were used to pull carts filled with milk, wool,
meat, and many other goods to sell at the market. They were generally used as transport dogs by 
families who could not otherwise afford horses or oxen, or where narrow roads or crowded streets 
would not accommodate large draught animals and carts. Carting Rottweilers were a well suited solution
since they had the strength to pull the carts, and the guarding instinct to protect the contents and money. 

During World War I Rottweilers and other breeds became an integral part of the battle field while pulling 
carts loaded with weapons and supplies.
Obedience trials test a dog's ability to perform a specific set of exercises where dog and handler are 
scored on their accuracy and precision while executing them. The three levels of AKC obedience are
Novice, Open and Utility - all require mastering a specific skill set with increasing difficulty at each level.
A similar, yet less rigid form of AKC obedience is Rally where the addition of obstacles and 
maneuvering is required.

Training for competitive obedience is an excellent opportunity for dog and handler to demonstrate 
their ability to work as a team and for Rottweilers, it provides much needed mental and physical 
stimulation.
Dogs have a sense of smell 100,000 times stronger than humans.Tracking dogs are trained to use this 
ability to locate certain people and objects by following their scent to help find lost people and animals, 
drugs, avalanche and disaster victims and even detect cancer.

Tracking with your Rottweiler is an excellent sport that exercises your dog's natural ability to 
recognize and follow a scent and is the foundation of canine search and rescue work. Tracking is an
intensive outdoor team sport and tracking tests demonstrates the Rottweilers' willingness and enjoyment
of working.
Dog shows are events where dogs are judged against a written description of their breed standard. 
The judges look at appearance, gait, and overall structure and compare to their interpretation of the 
standard. Sometimes called the "Beauty Pageant" for dogs, dog shows are really about promotion 
and preservation of the integrity of a given breed through selective breeding. 
Preserving a working heritage

Agility
Herding
Carting
Obedience
Tracking
Conformation