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What is Treibball?

Treibball (Try-ball) is an all positive, competitive dog sport for dogs of all ages and sizes. It’s great fun for any energetic dog that can learn to work well off-leash, and needs a job. Treibball is, above all, a positive communication sport, that builds a great working relationship between owner and dog!

Treibball was developed in Germany, 10 years ago, by Dutch dog trainer Jan Nijboer. ( He noticed his training client’s dogs still had excess energy after their herding lessons were over. Instead of playing with the training dummies, they made up their own herding game, pushing their rubber water dishes around the field.

He wondered if they would do the same (play soccer, really) with large fitness balls. They did! He incorporated balls of different sizes into his herding practice, and developed the game for his training clients. The game caught on in Germany and spread east.

American dog trainers and dog owners soon took notice of the videos coming across the web. Why should European dogs have all the fun?  Our dogs need mental stimulation and physical activity to lead full lives, and the majority simply don’t get it.

Because it’s a positive sport, and no physical or verbal corrections are allowed, Treibball is an excellent vehicle for encouraging reward based training and creative play between owners and their dogs. Join us and have some fun. Come and play!

Capitol Area Dog Training and Behavior Consulting, will be hosting an Introduction to Treibball Workshop, in Germantown, February 18th.

Want to find out more about the newest, low-impact dog sport  to hit the U.S.? Join me at Pack Place K-9,12623 Wisteria Dr., in Germantown, Saturday, February 18th, at 1 p.m. Call Mark, at 240-277-2438 to reserve your spot.