Description: We all know them, some of us feel a benign dislike for them… We’re talking about the Dog Sport Hipster (DSH). That wonderful specimen who seems to be involved in every dog sport known to man and is always at the forefront of what’s coming up next. The phrase “Jack of All Trades, master of none.” comes to mind when discussing the DSH. These aren’t individuals who simply enjoy exposing their dogs to various activities and trying new things. Instead, these individuals have every intent to compete and kick-ass in their respective sport, but can’t stick with one long enough to make any real progress. Despite having taken a class in everything under the sun, they don’t seem to be actually succeeding in competitions. The DSH is the dilettante of the dog world; they bounce from sport to sport and are always looking for the next best thing.
Common Location: Training classes, every single one available. On the weekends they can be found at trials gathered with the other DSH in a small training clique talking while sipping PBR.
Breeds Owned: Border collies, sport mixes, pit bulls, other nifty little mixes they will be sure to remind you were adopted after they “evaluated” well as a sport prospect.
Skill Level: High, much can be said about the DSH but no one can fault them on their dog knowledge.
Wardrobe: A variety of t-shirts from various clubs and sports they were briefly involved with.
Catch Phrase: “Agility is just too mainstream for us.” , “Phydeaux really shines as a Treibball prospect”,
Potnoodle: The first DSH that comes to mind was in my agility class for a while. She had an older dog that she had dabbled in a few sports with but her new puppy was going to do ALL THE THINGS. IPO, Dockdiving, Herding, Obedience, and Conformation to start. The poor woman was clearly frazzled with the fifteen different classes she took weekly and the puppy had the attention span of a flea. She only did one session of agility before my trainer took her aside and explained that she needed to slow down and pick a solid starting point. She lasted one more week before she decided agility was not her thing. Last I heard of her, she got really into barnhunt… before it was cool.
BusyBee: My name is BusyBee and I have a confession. I am someone that has pretty much tried it all with Mr. T. Dockdiving, herding, nosework, agility, obedience, you name it, we’ve tried it. I’m someone who likes trying new things and has a dog who is always up for an adventure. I guess I would say I’m a borderline DSH. If it’s out there, I want to try it. At least once. Unlike a DSH, I tend to space out classes evenly and really only do things for fun. Frankly, the thing that keeps me from becoming a full-blown DSH is that I really don’t have any competitive spirit or need to be a trend-setter.