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 asentertainment during intermission at the
Crufts Dog Show. The course was based on horse
jumping and has evolved to includeweave 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 lastfew years.
When properly trained and conditioned, Rottweilers are
excellentin agility. Training for agility will strengthen the bond between
handler and dog as well as build confidence in your dog. Before
starting an agility training program make sure your dog is in good
physical condition and enjoys working.
Many people don't think of Rottweilers when they think of herding dogs. 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 and their herding instinct traces back to the Roman drover dogs. Although rarely seen on ranches today, the Southwestern Rottweiler Club of San Diego promotes the herding instinct by sponsoring AKC and AHBA herding trials.
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.
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. Training for competitive obedience is an excellent
opportunity for dog and handler to demonstratetheir ability to work as
team and for Rottweilers, it provides much needed mental and physical
Dogs have a sense of smell 100,000 times stronger than humans. It is this trait that allows them to help find lost people and animals, drugs, avalanche and disaster victims and even detect cancer. Tracking with your Rottweiler is an excellent sport to demonstrate 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 sport and tracking tests demonstrate the willingness, enjoyment and instinct of a Rottweiler.
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.