The Dawn of Canine Parkour as a Sport

Sometimes when I think about dog sports as opposed to human sports, it really brings into focus how controlling and robotic people are towards dogs. Our sports are full of exceptions and creativity and imagination within the guidelines of each sport. For dogs, not so much!

I'd really like to see this sport take off and become the creative mecca of the dog sport world. I know that freestyle is completely creative, but that's not where I'd like to see Parkour. I would like to see dogs that are athletic, flexible, creative, imaginative, strong and healthy within a sport that exemplifies these qualities.

Freerunning

According to Wikipedia:

"Freerunning (or free running) is a acrobatic and athletic discipline founded by Sébastien Foucan, who wrote a book on the subject. Foucan started what he termed "freerunning" in 2003, which he developed as a more inclusive form of parkour. Parkour's development from military obstacle course training gives it and freerunning some aspects of a non-combative martial art."

The central principle of freerunning is that one should express oneself by moving fluidly in one's environment; there are no limitations on the form of this movement. Free running and parkour are separate, distinct concepts — a distinction which is often missed due to the similarities. 

Parkour

Parkour is the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.

Parkour as a discipline emphasizes efficiency, whilst free running is about complete freedom of movement, and includes many acrobatic maneuvers. Although often the two are physically similar, the principles of each are vastly different.

What I would like to see is true Parkour with our dogs but also the Freerunning of the creative movement through the environment.  I think the biggest thing missed by those who watch the videos on YouTube is that the best Parkour dogs RUN.  They move from space to space conquering the obstacles.  It's not only about the obstacles.

Winter fun with Kelly and Tucker

In Training




Standard Parkour

Tucker

Brinkley


Jumpers Parkour


Creative Parkour