What Happens At A Flyball Class?
Flyball is a fast, fun and friendly dog sport that involves dogs racing against each other through an obstacle course to retrieve a tennis ball from a specially-designed box, and bring it back to their trainer, against the clock. At Tug-E-Nuff Dog Gear, we’re proud to sponsor the UK-based Crossfire Flyball Team. The team run starter courses in Bracknell, Berkshire, for trainers and dogs who want to see what flyball is all about. We spoke to Crossfire member Diane Brown to a step-by-step breakdown of what happens when you sign up…
- Taster sessions
- The Swimmers’ Turn
- Meeting the Ball
- Building up runs
- Ironing out errors
‘All dogs are different and will learn at different levels,’ says Diane. ‘Common problems in the early days include the dog failing to trigger the flyball box to release the ball, dropping the ball too early, and just going AWOL when they should be concentrating! ‘This is where lots of encouragement and positive rewards with a tug toy come into play. Usually, we are able to overcome these kinds of issues with time and practice.’ Flyball can be a hugely enjoyable sport for dogs and their owners alike. Once the basics have been mastered, you get the chance to join a club and practice regularly – for competitions or just for fun.
If you like the sound of signing up for flyball classes, find out where your nearest club is on the British Flyball Association website. Or if you're part of a Flyball team looking for new members use the comments box below to giving details of your club location and how potential members can get in touch :)