It is not quite clear whether lunging for dogs was derived from equestrian sports or whether it originated from working with herding dogs. In any case it is a very versatile and exciting occupation for dog and human.
The dog learns to circle go around a circle when lunging. The human being inside the circle having the dog carry out certain signals in the outer part of the circle via distance control. Once the team understands what it is all about, various elements from other sports are introduced (e.g. agility, tricks, retrieving, etc.).
The well-structured lunging includes various aspects: Distance control, communication at a distance, physical and mental work, attention training, variety for humans and dogs, promoting team bonding and much more. It is a great activity for dogs that are very keen on running and working on sight.
Lunging is also particularly suitable for young dogs in the adolescence phase who would like to get rid of their energy, but are prevented from doing so by the leash.