Humans are a competitive bunch; not all but many. No matter what sport or activity you are involved with there is bound to be a competitive direction for it. Canine competition is thriving; whether you are into conformation, agility, flyball, frisbee, hunting or whatever, you can compete. Many, many, many years ago I was into conformation showing; I have to say that I loved it, but much of what I loved was the time spent with dogs. I had no dogs of my own when I started and the chance to spend whole weekends with dogs was amazing. Once I had my own dogs and continued to show it lost its luster pretty quickly. It took up too much time when I had little ones at home, the grooming, the waiting...........oh the waiting.
Over the years I've dabbled in several competitive aspects of canine performance. Approximately 7-10 years ago when Tilley was in her prime, she was pretty amazing as far as disc dogs go. I have no doubt that she could have gone far in the freestyle division. My issue with the whole competition aspect of sports was the waiting; I hated it. I don't wait in line for my own things; I'm just not a fan of waiting for much of anything. I hate lines, I am not a fan of crowds but it is mostly the waiting around that I hate. I remember attending one frisbee event, the registration was early in the morning and once signed up you pulled up a seat and waited.
We waited and waited; Tilley and I watched all the other dogs playing frisbee. She was dying to catch, all she wanted to do was to catch the frisbee. As I sat there waiting our turn to strut our stuff I thought to myself; "I could be in the park right now throwing the frisbee for Tilley for an hour. It was then that I realized that I am not the competitive type; meaning that I don't want to participate in "official" competition. I happen to be a very competitive person but my hate of waiting around outweighs my desire to compete.
I definitely understand the desire to compete and kudos to those who do compete. You have a great deal more patience for waiting around than I do. But just as all dogs are different so too are we humans; what one person may love doing another may hate. I have amazing patience for other things like watching dog behavior, waiting for a certain behavior, training, shooting etc.; it's just the waiting idly for my turn that I have no patience for. I enjoy travelling; but then again I hate the waiting, I could go crazy waiting. Waiting to get through the lines, waiting to get on the plane, waiting at the stop over, waiting for luggage, I hate it. That was one factor that I loved about driving across country, it certainly took much longer but there was no waiting in lines.
I am looking at Rally right now but think that I may run into the same "waiting" issue. I also want to do Dock Diving with Elsa; that is once she gets her water legs. I have attended a great number of Dock Diving events and they are typically casual and many have a side pool where the dogs can play and practice their stuff. Whether or not you decide to compete or not in whatever sport or activity you enjoy with your dog; it all comes down to drive and patience. I have the drive but do not possess the patience to wait around.