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“There are so many dog sports to get involved with. Find something to do with your dog. Dogs that have jobs are more rounded and confident as pets.” – Heather Mishefske of The Beastro

Flyball This competitive canine sport includes a 51-foot long course that requires four puppy participants to jump four hurdles, activate a spring-loaded box and catch a tennis ball. When one dog returns to the start/finish line, the next leg in the four-dog begins. The American record for the timed event is 15.2 seconds. If you think your four-legged friend is smart and swift enough, they may be right for the Chippewa Valley Wuff Pack or the Canine Dirt Diggers. Rexann Lemke, owner of Rex’s Canine Training in Chippewa Falls, teaches classes that prepare dogs for their weekly Banbury Place practices and monthly team competitions, such as the one at Eau Claire County Expo Center Aug. 8 to 10. Co-sponsored by Eau Claire’s Canine Dirt Diggers, the Border Battle Bash Flyball Tournament will feature teams throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.

  • Upcoming competitions
  • Sept. 12-14     Buffalo, MN
  • Sept. 26-28     Minneapolis
  • Dec. 14-16     Madison
  • Aug. 29-31     Jefferson, WI

Sled races and agility competitions
Though Wisconsin and Minnesota aren’t known for their sled races or agility championships (Alaska and Europe have those honors), dozens seem to sneak into the states’ borders every year (not including the loads of groups). So take apart the swing set and construct a course, or hop on a toboggan and get a really long leash. After all, you don’t need an Alaskan Malamute or pot-bellied pig named Babe to take home the trophy.

Annual Competitions
Paul Bunyan Sled Dog Race, Bemidji, MN
Third Crossing Sled Dog Rendezvous, Frazee, MN
John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Duluth, MN
Mid-Minnesota 150, Aitkin, MN
White Oak Classic, Deer River, MN
WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, Ely, MN
Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race, Bayfield, WI
Flambeau International Sled Dog Classic, Park Falls, WI
Winter Carnival, Christmas Mountain Resort in Wisconsin Dells

Upcoming Trials & Tournaments
Aug. 16-17     St. Cloud, MN
Aug. 30-31     Savage, MN
Sept. 6-7     Lake Elmo, MN
Sept. 20-21     La Crosse, WI
Sept. 27-28     Duluth, MN
Sept. 27-28     Zumbro Falls, MN
Oct. 18-19,     La Crosse, WI
Oct. 20-21     Oshkosh, WI
Nov. 1-2     Isanti, MN
Nov. 8-9     La Crosse, WI
Dec. 6-7     St. Paul, MN
Dec. 13-14     La Crosse, WI
Dec. 27-28     Burnsville, MN