Treibball

treibball

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What is Treibball for dogs?
Treibball (pronounced try-ball) is a dog sport focusing on competition and positive reinforcement. It started in Germany and joined approved competitions in 2008. During the event, the dog herds and drives large balls into a soccer goal as directed by the handler.

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Video of Treibball by Ramona cleverdogs

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How is it played?
Treibball is a novel way to engage with your dog. The game consists of herding large inflatable balls into a net.

  • The playing field is 50 to 82 feet wide and 100 to 164 feet long.
  • The ball must remain in bounds on the field during play.
  • Eight balls are arranged similar to racked billiard balls in a triangle.
  • The handler and dog have 15 minutes to drive all balls into the goal.
  • The dog may not break or bite a ball.
  • The fastest team with the least errors wins.

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Can any breed of dog participate?
Herding breeds are ideal for playing treibball, but it’s also perfect for prey-oriented terriers, sporting dogs, and those that like to chase things.

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How much does it cost?
Various private and group classes are available, ranging from $40 on up. Classes focus on obedience, ball handling skills, and enhancing handler skills.

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What happens during treibball competitions?
During a treibball event, the handler and dog begin near the goal. The dog sits in heel position. On signal, the dog runs out past the balls in play and stops in back of the balls. After pausing for at least five seconds, the handler prompts the dog to start herding the balls into the goal.

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Where can I learn more?
Treibball is still emerging as a dog sport, but the basis that prevails is user-friendliness for all dogs and handlers and positive relationship based training. While treibball’s prevalence is expanding quickly, it has yet to reach many geographic areas. To search for a class, check out the American Treibball Association for help finding or starting a group in your area.
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