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Here is our featured article

Dog Frisbee

Did you know that dog frisbee became famous thanks to Ashley the whippet?

Tossing your dog a frisbee is a fun and inexpensive way to get you both moving and spring is the perfect moment to start!

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Tossing Fido a Frisbee Can Be Fun Exercise For You Both

Tossing Fido a Frisbee Can Be Fun Exercise For You Both
By Amber Keiper

I think we're a lot alike in that you are always looking for new and exciting ways for you and your dog to have some fun in the sun. Whether you're on the beach or in a park, there is always an opportunity for you and your dog to get in some exercise and play. Try adding a flying disc into the mix - it's a fun and inexpensive way to get you both moving!

The disc dog sport started in the early 1970s around the same time that flying disc sports became popular with us humans. Alex Stein and his dog, Ashley Whippet, made the sport famous on August 4, 1974 when he and his dog ran on to the field in the middle of a baseball game between the LA Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. He began tossing the flying discs into the air for Ashley to fetch as she dashed after them at 35 mph and leapt as high as 9 feet in the air!

For the beginner, there are training classes that you and your pooch can sign up for to get accustomed to the sport. Your pet must be over 18 months of age before attempt catching a disc. Younger pups can hurt themselves from excessive leaping if their growth plate* hasn't yet closed. Confirm with your veterinarian that your pup's growth plate has closed before you start training.

Some tips on choosing the perfect disc:

Make sure the disc is the proper size in proportion to your dog.
Lightweight discs are easier for your pet to carry in his mouth.
The best discs to use are made from soft but rigid materials. DO NOT USE discs made from hard, brittle material as they can shard and injure your pet.
There are even some cloth and/or nylon varieties that contain an outer rubber ring which are perfect for water sports.

Once your dog has mastered the art of fetching the disc, you may consider joining your local disc dog club. There are even a variety of organizations that plan event competitions to participate in throughout the year such as the Ashley Whippet Invitational (AWI) World Championship, the Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship and the UFO World Cup Series.

And don't think that only certain types of breeds are destined to become perfect disc dogs. Take it from Jeff Perry - the 1989 Canine Disc World Champion:

"Shelter and rescue animals make great disc dogs. Although most people think that Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers make the best disc dogs, nothing could be further from the truth. A loved dog makes a great disc dog and very few canines are loved more than adopted shelter and rescue canines." -Jeff Perry, 1989 World Champion

Whether you decide to professionally participate in the flying disc dog sport or just toss the old Frisbee around for fun, I'm sure that you and your dog will have a blast together!

*A growth plate is the soft area of immature bone near the ends of the leg bones. The growth plates close around 12-16 months of age when the calcium and minerals harden the soft bone areas. (Source: familyeducation.com)

Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud "BARF brats" - a terrier mix named Chewbacca ("Chewy") and a tabby mix named Chiquita ("Chiqui"). For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at http://www.barfworld.com.

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