Dog Sports at the Red Barn Event Centre

Welcome to Dog Sports at the Red Barn Event Centre! We host classes and events in numerous dog sport disciplines, indoors and out, all year long. What interests you? There is something for everyone...

  • Agility: Jumps, tunnels, dog walk, aframe and weavepoles! Owners learn how to guide their dog through a series of these obstacles safely and quickly in a race against time. Eventually done entirely without a leash, this may be the ultimate in dog/owner partnership!

  • Obedience: The basic objective of obedience work is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, public places and in the presence of other dogs. Owners may choose eventually to compete in more formal competitions where on and off leash heeling, recalls, retrieving, scent work, signal only exercises and jumping are assessed.

  • Rally Obedience: Originally devised by "Bud" Kramer from the obedience practice of "doodling" - doing a variety of interesting warmup and freestyle exercises, Rally is a combination of traditional obedience and agility. Unlike regular obedience trials, instead of waiting for the judge's orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course.

  • Conformation: Every breed has a written standard that describes the 'ideal' dog of that breed. Learn how to show your dog to its finest potential in handling classes and maybe even achieve a CKC Championship!

  • Scent Detection: The fun and competitive version of police detection dog training. The dog must locate any and all hidden target scents within a designated area and alert the handler to the location. A true partnership sport in which both ends of the leash must rely on one another.

  • Disc: In disc dog competitions, dogs and their human flying disc throwers compete in events such as distance catching and choreographed freestyle catching set to music. Events are scored using a point system in which the percentage of successful catches, variety of throwing styles, accuracy of throwing, and ability to work as a team are important factors considered.

  • Tricks: From the classic favourites of roll over, shake-a-paw and play dead to more complex freestyle tricks that will wow friends and family alike, trick training offers endless variety that allow the dog and handler to constantly build upon their repertoire, keeping both teammates busy and having fun together. While not typically classified as an organized dog sport, dog and handler teams who perform tricks in front of a certified trick dog instructor are eligible to earn titles through the Do More With Your Dog program and the Canadian Kennel Club. Trick training is also a strong foundation for teams interested in pursuing film and television work, or performing for crowds in public demonstrations.
There is also a wide range of seminars and other special interest events to participate in!