For an active miniature bull terrier that has done well in obedience training, possesses excellent social skills, and you want something fun and physical to do together with your pet, then competitions and events are a great way to spend quality time with your dog. This is also a great way to socialize and be with other miniature bull terrier lovers and their pets. Mini bulls love agility training because they get to jump, run, and burn off some of their excess energy. Events such as an agility training competitions are exciting and fun for you and your dog to compete in and just as enjoyable when watching the other dogs compete.
Agility training is and outdoor event where, as the dog handler, you direct your mini bull through a course full of obstacles as accurately as possible with the least amount of faults, while trying to get the best time. You use various movements, body signals, and voice commands as signals to guide your dog through the course when competing. Your miniature bull terrier competes against other dogs according to height and breed.
There are various course configurations with obstacles such as an A-frame, tunnel, jump bars, and teeter-totters. Along with agility training, control training is essential in order for you to guide your mini bull so he tackles the agility course correctly. He has to obey your commands such as understanding to go right or left, stop when you do, and sit. The competition judge deems various course configurations suitable and the predetermined progression. If your mini bull does such things as run past an obstacle, goes out of sequence, or knocks down a jump bar, your dog is faulted by the judge. Agility training is very physical and requires dedication and a lot of hard work but the fun and sense of accomplishment is well worth it.
Earthdog Tests are another great way to compete and have fun. Designed for small terriers such as the mini bull terrier, the Earthdog tests simulate underground hunting. The Quarry test, which is the easiest and best for mini bulls just starting out in this competition, uses a scented, ten-foot long, man-made tunnel with one ninety-degree turn. Your miniature bull terrier must find the caged rats by following the scented trail and then snarl and paw at them, which they call working the rats, for one full minute. There is no injury to either the dog or the rats during this event. There are several levels of Earthdog Tests as your dog becomes more experienced.
Obedience trials and tracking events are other great competitions you might want to consider. By getting involved in fun, challenging new sports with your mini bull terrier, you get the benefit of more activity that is physical and form a stronger bond with your pet.