Klee Kai are a remarkably intelligent breed which means that for them to be truly happy they need both physical as well as mental stimulation and what better way to do that then to take up a hobby together?
Agility – Agility is a canine activity that has been around since the late 1970s. Dogs negotiate a course of jumps, tunnels, weaves and contact equipment (A frame, See Saw and Dog Walk) with the aim to be both fast and accurate. Winning requires a mix of both as a clear run will always beat another with faults but it’s no good if others were clear and faster.
Klee Kai are a breed well suited to the discipline as they are fast, clever little dogs.
Scentwork – Scentwork is a great game for every dog who loves to use their sense of smell.
Modelled after working detection dogs, this activity provides a safe and enriching scenario that can be easily performed anywhere and builds a trusting and lasting relationship between handler and dog.
The concept of Scentwork is that all handlers, and all dogs, regardless of physical structure, should have the opportunity to participate and experience success.
This sport is great for older dogs and puppies especially as it is low impact.
Ringcraft – Ringcraft is a competitive event open to purebred dogs, designed to evaluate a dog’s external appearance and structure as it compares to a breed standard. The breed standards describe the ideal qualities measurable through movement, appearance, and temperament of each breed.
Even if your dog will never grace the show ring, ringcraft is a wonderful way for your dog to learn how to stand to be examined by their vet, how to stay calm when in the presence of others and it is also a great place for them to work on their socialisation. Ringcraft is great for puppies as it is low impact.
Flat racing – Klee Kai are known for often having a high prey drive and so often love to chase things, this is the event for you if you have one of those high prey drive pups! Perfect for any dog under 18 inches tall, Flat Racing allows dogs to demonstrate their natural prey drive in a safe environment.
In this sport, these speedsters charge out of the gate and down a grassy track in pursuit of an artificial lure.
The first dog across the finish line wins!
Lure Coursing– Lure Coursing is an excellent activity for dogs who love to run! Dogs who enjoy the chase can excel in Lure Coursing, where they pursue an artificial lure around a predetermined course, demonstrating their natural prey drive in a safe environment. Unlike Flat racing, Lure Coursing does not require the dog to wear a muzzle however the course is much longer.
Precision Coursing – Active dogs enjoy this fast-paced sport where they pursue and artificial lure through a safely enclosed course. Sort of a cross between Lure Coursing and Flat Racing. Beat the clock to earn a leg!
Weight Pull – Weight Pull offers Klee Kai an opportunity to perform a function that comes naturally to them – pulling enthusiastically.
In this event, dogs are harnessed and then pull a weighted cart or sled a predetermined distance, with one minute to do so. From small to large, any dog can excel at this sport!
Obedience – In Obedience Trials, dogs perform a series of intricate exercises at the command of their handler. This event is the foundation for all other activities you can do with your dog. Obedience competition levels range from the basic novice skills of sit, stay and heel, to the most advanced skills of directed retrieves, scent discrimination, and following hand signals.
Success in Obedience requires training and dedication to build the special bond needed to work together in this precision-based activity. If you are looking for a challenge and strive for perfection, this is the event for you!
The BEST place to start is with your Kennel Club Good Citizen award training from Puppy Foundation through to Gold. ( https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dog-training/good-citizen-dog-scheme/taking-part-in-the-good-citizen-dog-scheme/ )
Rally Obedience – Rally Obedience is a fun, fast-paced demonstration of a dog and handler’s ability to perform basic obedience exercises. Dog and handler teams appear to be dancing in this fast flowing competitive event.
Modelled after Rally style car racing, Rally Obedience is a course of exercises that you follow by reading the instructional and directional signs. These events are open to all dog and handler teams wanting to build teamwork and to challenge their skills navigating the course together.
Trick Dog Titles – Trick dog titles are a great way to bond with your dog as you work together to earn various titles. Titles are earnt by learning a number of tricks, recording them and sending them to be assessed by a trainer.