What is treiball?
Treibball began in Germany a few years ago to give their energetic dogs some much needed mental and physical stimulation. It is thought to have started as a substitute sport for herding dogs who did not have access to sheep, but who require mental as well as physical stimulation (Wikipedia).
The handler directs the dog to ‘herd’ eight large balls using their nose or shoulder into the pen/goal as quickly as possible. This sport uses a combination of classic obedience and herding cues.
Is my dog suitable for treiball?
Treiball is for great for herding/working dog breeds but any dog who can learn to target, move off-leash both right and left, stand, stop and lie down can participate.
Age restrictions: Juniors – dogs six months to 2 years • Adults – dogs two years to seven years • Seniors – dogs seven years and over, at owners option • Honors – dogs of advanced age or those with a physical disability. Handlers over the age of 65 years, or Handlers with a disability limiting their ability to compete.
Where can I do treiball?
Find a dog club near you by contacting ANKC‘s State member bodies: