Debbie Tringale Launches Recreational Dog Sports

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

“Many dog owners would like to participate in dog sports, but don’t want the stress of competition or getting a ‘title’,” says Debbie Tringale, founder/owner of Me And My Dogs. “They’d really rather have their dogs play just for fun.”

So she has created Recreational Dog Sports, “which will be open to everyone,” she says. Recreational Dog Sports will host events in three sports; agility, disc dog and flyball. “There are judges, but participants can choose to be judged or not,” Ms. Tringale said.  “Scores will be based on an additive point system. Each time the handler and dog team successfully executes in their sport they get a point. Results are given immediately to the participant, who can chose to share their score or not. No titles. No trophies.”


The first events, which Ms. Tringale calls “training seminars”, are scheduled for March 8 and April 19 at the indoor Circle A Arena in Rising Fawn, Ga. These are designed as an introduction to the sports. Experienced trainers will give instruction in each of the three sports. “Recreational Dog Sports has modified equipment, set-ups and rules to make it fun for people and dogs of all skill levels,” says Ms. Tringale. “There are three classes: special, easy and hard. Handlers choose the class they want to participate in. There is no qualifying. Skilled handlers do not have to complete any requirements to participate in the hard class.”


Starting May 10, Recreational Dog Sports events will be held on the “Second Saturday” of each month, with all three sports available for participants. “This is a great opportunity for new people to learn the skills of a dog sport in a noncompetitive setting,” says Ms. Tringale. “It’s also a great opportunity for seasoned dog-sport enthusiasts to practice in a low-stress trial-like venue. There are no breed restrictions. In agility there is a class for ‘special’ teams and accommodations will be made to help them succeed.”


There is plenty of parking at the Circle A arena and bleachers for viewing. Spectators are welcome. Cabins are available for rent on an adjacent property for those who would like to spend the weekend in the beautiful setting.

Doors open at 8 a.m. and registration opens at 8:15 a.m. First training seminars are 9 a.m.- noon March 8 and April 19.

The site is Circle A Arena, 1379 Newsome Gap Road, Rising Fawn, Ga

Cost is $30 per dog.

For more information and to register, visit www.MeAndMyDogs.biz/RDS

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