If a human companion is not actively involved, is it actually a
sport? Take greyhound racing, for example, or hunting from, say, a duck blind, from
which the dog retrieves the game.
Is any activity a sport if a casual observer
does not understand the nature of the competition? For example, in
a conformation show the handler and dog
move around a ring for a judge to evaluate the dog's appearance and
structure; the skill and knowledge required are not obvious to
those uninterested in the sport.
This list is intended only to represent anything that anyone is
likely to refer to as a dog sport, not to argue its validity as
oldest definition of sport (1300) is of anything humans find
amusing or entertaining. Other
meanings include gambling and events staged for the purpose of
gambling; hunting; and games and diversions, including ones that
require exercise. Roget's
defines the noun sport as an "Activity engaged in for relaxation
and amusement" with synonyms including diversion and
example of a more sharply defined meaning is "an athletic activity
where one competitor or a team of competitors plays against another
competitor or group of competitors [with] a conclusive method of
scoring...not determined by a judge."