People in many countries on five continents of the Earth are involved in dog training. To learn whose dog is the best, they take part in competitions.
But not every kind of activity where competitions are held is sport. Are the competitions with dogs real sport? Most of them – of course. Why? A person experiences significant physical and emotional loading, when training the dog, a really sports spirit reigns on the competitions, and results are expressed in linear and time measures etc.
But if a kind of sport appears, people begin to unite for joint organization of the competitions – on the local, national and at last on the international level. As a result, international sports organizations (federations, unions, associations) are appearing for holding competitions on the international level and development of sports cooperation between different countries. Sport with dog, well-known as “cynological sport”, is not an exception.
Since there was not any uniting international sports organization for most of kinds of sport with dogs, work on creating of such organization started in 1999. In 2000 International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS) was founded on initiative of national sports cynological federations of Russia and Ukraine to unite sports cynological organizations of different countries for joint holding of official international championships and for integration of sports with dogs into international sports system and Olympic movement. IFCS has united such kinds of sports with dogs as agility, working dogs competitions (obedience, protection dogs competitions etc.), combined competitions with dogs and many others.