Treibball, a Dog Herding Sport

Dog playing Treibball


Schedule, age and fee

Treibball, a Dog Herding Sport

Treibball is a new way to play with your dog! It’s a competitive sport for dogs of all ages and sizes. Treibball promotes better teamwork and communication between a dog and his handler. It’s great fun for any energetic dog who works well off-leash and needs a job. Playing the game uses a combination of classic obedience and herding cues.

This dog sport began in Germany to give energetic dogs some much needed mental and physical stimulation. It is a great game, and a perfect pastime for American dogs and their owners, too! It’s fun for any dog that loves to play chase games, herd, or just use his amazing, problem-solving ability. Competing in Agility takes special equipment, the ability to run with your dog and direct him through each obstacle. Treibball promotes the same kind of teamwork and communication, but does not put any physical stress on the handler. This game can be used to build confidence for a shy dog and help a reactive dog with impulse control.

Using a combination of classic obedience and herding cues, the game of Treibball consists of your dog working off-leash and obeying your cues. Your dog uses his nose or shoulders to drive eight balls that represent sheep into a goal within 10 minutes. It takes thinking, communication and coordination of the team to get the driving done and all the balls in the goal.

At the sound of a whistle to start timing, the handler directs the dog to the point ball, and the dog drives that ball into the net first. Then the handler chooses which balls for the dog to bring in, and in what order. The dog can be directed to bring in all the blue balls, all the large balls, or any combination of size and colors; but the dog should only bring the ball to which he is directed. The game stops when all eight balls are in the net/goal and the dog lies down in front of the goal, just like he is penning sheep!

Campers can choose to train their own dog for the Intro to Dog Sports session, or they can work with a rescue puppy or dog available at camp. Dogs must be able to focus on their owner and work around other dogs. Campers must attend one Basic Dog Training session as a pre-requisite to register for this session. Campers may bring their own dog to camp for this session, provided the dog is current on all required vaccines* and can be controlled appropriately at all times by its owner. Up-to-date medical records must be provided prior to bringing your dog to camp. For campers choosing not to bring their own dog, a camp rescue dog or puppy will be provided.

The session will also include animal-themed games. Session fee includes a t-shirt and all activities and materials. You will need to pack your camper’s lunch daily. Fee is $220 per child per week. Multi-session and family discounts available.

Pre-requisite: Must attend one session of Basic Dog Training and demonstrate ability to handle dogs properly prior to registering for Treibball, a Dog Herding Sport.

*Required vaccines are DHLPP, Bordetella, and Rabies. No dogs under 12-weeks-old or without all vaccines are allowed. No dogs 6-months or older that have not been spayed or neutered are allowed.