If you think your dog can catch a frisbee, it’s going to be exciting to see these dogs take it to the next level. Disc Dog is an exciting, fast-paced, fun sport that all dogs and people can enjoy. Also known as UpDog, competitions have taken the basic game of fetch with a flying disc and expanded it into a whole bunch of fun games. Three of those games — Frizgility, Time Warp, and Greedy — were played as part of the Disc Dog Challenge to see who the best with the frisbee is.
The competition was held on November 11 in Kannapolis, North Carolina, at the Atrium Health Ballpark, and you can watch all the action unfold on TV.
How to Watch the Disc Dog Challenge
You can watch all the action from the Disc Dog Challenge on Friday, December 9 at 2 p.m. EST by tuning in to ESPN2 on your TV or by signing in on any device. The broadcast will be hosted by sportscaster Carolyn Manno with analysis by Jason Rigler and sideline reporting by Bill Ellis.
How Does Disc Dog Work?
Disc Dog and the UpDog Challenge has variety of games offered. Currently, UpDog Challenge includes seven disc-only games as well as three disc+agility games. The addition of agility obstacles is a unique feature that helps to encourage dog sport athletes from different disciplines to give disc dog a try.
For the Disc Dog Challenge, three of these games were played. Here’s how they work:
- An agility-driven game wherein dogs must maneuver through 3 obstacles before completing a catch in the catch zone, with the obstacle/catch routine repeated as often as possible in 60 seconds.
- A fast-paced event where dog and owner must complete three catches (one in each highlighted zone), with owner, dog, and disc subsequently converging back behind the start line, all in under 60 seconds.
- Don’t get greedy! Handlers can throw to any zone without repeating back-to-back. Catches earn different points in different zones. Teams must complete one catch from all four throwing zones before time runs out, or they lose everything.
Want to Get Involved in Disc Dog?
If seeing Disc Dog on TV has gotten you excited about participating with your own dog, getting started is easier than you think. The best way is to find a club near you that offers classes, and determine which games are best for you and your dog.
If you’re not ready to go to a class, many clubs host online classes and seminars, and you can try practicing with a frisbee at home.
For more information about UpDog and getting involved in your local area so your dog can be recognized, please visit UpDog Challenge. There you can learn more about events in your area, UpDog games, and more!
Don’t think Disc Dog is for you? Don’t worry! There are many dog sports that are suitable for dogs of all ages and abilities.