Guest post by Norma Pruski of The Diving Pumi (on Instagram)

I know what you are thinking, when you hear the word “dog show,” you think of a bunch of dogs and people prancing around a ring.

If the Titanic has taught us anything, it’s that what we see on the surface is only a fraction of what’s really there, that is a whole other mass we do not see. The same is true for dog shows. Imagine conformation as the tip of the iceberg, and there are countless other sports that are just as fun, that anyone can do with their dog; agility, flyball, obedience, rally, and my sport, dock diving are just a few.

You may be wondering, “how do I get started?”  It’s easier than you think! Pick a sport you might like to try, and it’s as easy as doing an internet search for training centers in your area. Many clubs are also on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so a quick search there should also turn up a lot of results.

Paying A Visit

Don’t be afraid to ask if you can visit the training center or location and sit in on the class you are interested in taking, or ask the club if you can sit in on a practice, most will be happy to oblige you. I think that it’s important to note that if you don’t feel comfortable with the atmosphere or the trainer, it’s perfectly okay to look elsewhere, and remember … have FUN!