Dog Owner Profile: The Dog Sport Hipster

19 Oct

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.

Sort of… but then you gave up and moved on to something else.

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.

Do you find chasing a plastic bag around a field A) Repetitive or B) Extremely enjoyable? 

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”,

I sniffed boxes before it was mainstream.


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.

“Have you heard of napping? It’s this new underground sport. I was sort of in on the ground floor”

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.

Mr. T, hiding from the shame that is his hipster mom/ doing nosework. You be the judge.

5 Responses to “Dog Owner Profile: The Dog Sport Hipster”

  1. Crazy Spotted Dog Lady October 19, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    Truly the only thing stopping me from being a TRUE DSH is I can’t afford it. *hangs head in shame* I’ve been categorized.

  2. Angela Gilbert October 19, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    Lol borderline DSH myself with my AmStaff. We have a couple of core sports but have dabbled in others for fun because like Mr. T she’s always up for an adventure. Or maybe it’s just that dog sports are addictive 😉

  3. Cyn October 19, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    Mr. T’s head in a box. Best giggle all day.

  4. H. Houlahan October 19, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    It’s always fun when they come charging in to one’s search and rescue unit.

    “Yeah, yeah, yeah” they say when you explain that this is not a sport or hobby, it’s a lifestyle commitment, and if they screw it up they kill somebody. Oh yes, this person’s ass has been on fire to be a SAR dog handler since the dawn of time, and she is *going to do it.* Also she already knows everything about it, so just put a cork in your 20 or so years of experience, *she’s got a book!*

    Mostly, how dare you suggest that the ossum goggie mightn’t be a suitable prospect for this job. *She wants him to be* so therefore he is.

    One month and three or four forays into a swamp, stripmine, scree slope, bramble field during training — wait, I have to walk on training tasks with *other people* and pay attention and leave my goggie at base? — and suddenly something comes up. Also, there’s spiders out there.

    Does the DSH thank you for the time that she stole from training actual volunteers who will actually go on to be useful — and therefore stole from the lost kid who will need a dog team to find him next year in order to accomplish the not dying thing? Notsomuch.

    Next thing you hear, she’s bought a dogsled.

  5. Joy Clark Brunton October 26, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    Another borderline DSH here. Have the BC and the Border Staffy. Have competed in agility, flyball and disc. Couldn’t talk my dogs into jumping off a dock. Almost a DSH, but I can’t afford to be one 🙂

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