Flyball is a relay race between two teams with four dogs and four handlers on each team. Each of the dogs takes turns racing down the flyball course jumping over four hurdles, triggering a spring loaded box that releases a tennis ball. The canine athlete then catches the “fly-ball”, turning and racing back over the hurdles and across the finish line. Handlers release their dogs attempting to pass each returning dog as close to the start/finish line as possible. Once all four dogs have completed the race without any errors, the fastest team wins.
What breed of dogs play flyball? :
With proper training, any breed of dog can play flyball. The Mutts have small breed dogs such as Papillion’s and Mini-Doxie’s and larger breeds like our Belgian Malinois and Bouviers des Flandres. Purebred or mixed breeds can learn the sport. We are especially proud of our many rescues that have been adopted from shelters and gone on to live long lives as flyball dogs!
Training is held two days a week, 3-4 hours each day. Our methods include fundamentals such as box work, recall exercises, motivational drills, and handler training. We work individual dogs and team drills, and all members on the team help bring every dog and handler to their full potential.
Where can I learn more?
Our classes are taught by seasoned trainers many who have been playing flyball for 15-30 years and beyond! Although we are not currently offering a flyball class, we refer people interested to the Introduction to Dog Sports Class offered through Melody Daggs Professional Dog Training (www.melodydaggs.com). We also offer a drop in for anyone interested in the sport on one of our practice days. Our practice days are: Friday evenings from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm or Sunday mornings from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Please check our Facebook page and instant message for current times as they do change from time to time. Alternatively, for more information and requirements on training, please click here General Flyball Classes and Training.