"From breeding to training...what you need to know"

PON breeders and owners are quickly learning that their dogs are much more than a "pretty face."  Many PON breeders will now tell you stories about some of the famous PONS who have excelled in agility, flyball, and are now making their mark in tracking.They  are a very versatile breed and if you are looking for  a dog to do lots of fun activities with, this may well be the breed for you.  Ask the PON breeders you talk to what they can say about other PONS activities, what they have tried, and who you could contact to find out more if they have had PONS that have competed in  the various performance or companion events.  


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For several years all you seemed to hear about with the Polish Lowland Sheepdog was conformation, obedience, and sometimes herding.  However, of late the PON has entered some of the newer areas of training and competition as PON breeders have begun to really realize the PON is capable of just about anything  one wants it to do.  Two of these newer areas are tracking and agility. Other areas of interest besides tracking and agility are rally, therapy, treiball,dock jumping and flyball.


You may ask what is tracking?  According to the AKC website, "Dogs have a very keen sense of smell-100,000 tunes stronger than humans!  Dogs with the help of their noses are often used to find lost people and animals, drugs, avalanche and disaster victims, and even to detect cancer!  Tracking is a canine sport that demonstrates a dog's natural ability to recognize and follow a scent and is the foundation of canine search and rescue work.  Unlike obedience and rally trials, where dogs respond to the handlers commands, in tracking the dog is completely in charge, for only he knows how to use his nose to find and follow the track.  For many, the greatest pleasure of tracking is the hours spent outside training and interacting with their dogs.  The tracking community is known for its camaraderie and they all share in the excietment of a "pass" and the disappointment of a "fail."


For more information on tracking AKC has a pdf booklet called A Beginners Guide to Companion Events. It includes obedience, rally, tracking and agility. Tracking is on pg.6.



The AKC website states the following:"Running a dog in an agility trial is the ultimate game for you and your dog and is one of the most exciting canine sports for spectators.  In an agility trial, a dog demonstrates its agile nature and versatility by following cues form the handler through a timed obstacle course of jumps, tunels, weave poles and other objects.  It's an activity that strengthens the bond between dog and handler and provides fun and exercise for both, which might explain why it's so enjoyable to watch and has become the fastest-growing dog sport in the United States.  ... "


Just as with other forms of competition there are various levels.  Your dog will learn very quickly and can most often move from novice, to open and excellentat a rapid pace. PONS can bring fun , excitement and exercise into your life and are lots of fun. There have been a few Polish Lowland Sheepdogs doing agility and it is a great fun activity to watch as well as to participate.


AKC Agility

UKC Agility


The AKC website states, "AKC Rally is a companion sport to AKC Obedience.  Both require teamwork between dog and handler along with similar performance skills.  Rally provides an excellent introduction to AKC Companion Events for new dogs  and handlers and can provide a challenging opportunity for competitors in other evnets to strengthen their skills.  The dog and handler team move at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. 


 Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition.  A rally course includes 10-20 stations, depending on the level.  Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience.  Communication from the handler to the dog in encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork and enthusiasm as they go through the course...the three levels of competition in AKC Rally are novice, advanced and excellent."


AKC Rally

UKC Rally



Several Polish Lowland Sheepdogs have worked as a therapy dog and has brought great reward to both the PON and the owner.   A well trained, socialized PON will make a great therapy dog as there are really three requirements. A therapy dog must have

  • A great temperament
  • The ability to tolerate other animals
  • A desire to be with people

For more information contact  Therapy Dogs


Treiball is one of the newe events in which dogs can be trained and compete.  Because PONS are such great Herders and because they learn so quickly they should be very good at Treibball because it uses a combination of classic obedience and herding cues.  The PON would work off leash using his nose or shoulders to drive eight balls into a goal within 15 minutes.  The following website will give you additional information.



Dock Jumping
Dock jumping is a simple, yet exciting sport that has been exploding all over the country. UKC is excited to add it as another performance event, through Ultimate Air Dogs; yet another way to have fun with your dog! There are two different forms of jumping that UKC dogs will be able to obtain titles in: Ultimate Air or Distance Jumping, and Ultimate Vertical.


Flyball was initiated when the North American Flyball Association was formed in 1984.    It has now grown to over 6,500 competing dogs.  The first PON to earn the title and excel in  flyball took place in 1996.  Tennis balls are launched from a box and the dogs one by one in teams of four must retrieve the balls.  On the way back to the starting point they must jump over several jumps.  Knowing how much PONS love tennis balls this is a great activity for them and a very exciting competition to watch. To learn more visit
This is tall grass tracking.
Moseley's Story.  
While you are here visit the story of love between Moseley and her owner Elizabeth E.  on the    PON Stories    page. Most of you probably will not know of Moseley but  she was once a very well known PON. She has retired, is now 15.5 and  is living with kidney failure. Elizabeth says she is okay and has already outlived what her vets expected. I guarantee it is a story you will not want to miss.