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Friday, June 12, 2015

Flyball Friday!!

What Is Flyball?

OMD we are so excited! Tonight is our first flyball practice and we'll be taking classes from So Fly a fellow blogger and flyball enthusiast!


Flyball is a dog relay race, each team consists of at least four dogs with maybe an alternate to sub in if needed. The course consists of four hurdles placed 10 feet apart, and the flyball box placed after the fourth hurdle. Hurdle height is determined by the smallest dog.

The dogs run their four jumps, grab a tennis ball, run the four jumps back and the next dog goes! Each dog must return its ball all the way across the start line before the next dog crosses, so timing is everything. The first team to have all four dogs cross the finish line error free wins the heat!

Individual dogs earn titles and awards based on points their team earns in racing.

So you would think that a dog with a ball drive like Ziva would be a good choice.



But actually a dog with a ball drive tends to run slower because their reward in their mind is the ball, since they already have their prize they run slower coming back. So Ziva is going to be our agility girl and Dante is going to try out flyball with me!!


Being that Dante loves to tug, he is the perfect candidate for flyball. As soon as he brings the ball back he'll be rewarded with his toy! He's super fast and in excellent doggy shape so i'm hoping he'll pick the sport up fast so we can try out competing with a team!



His dearest toy that he loves so very much...


We've already been practicing having him fetch a ball to play tug and he's doing really well!
Another great thing about this sport is that all dogs of any size/breed can participate!

I'm pretty excited about this, after seeing how much more focus on me and confidence Ziva has gained from agility we're pretty excited to see Dante's focus improve.

Wish us luck!
Now Get Outside and Go Play!


12 comments:

  1. Have fun with this! I think Flyball looks like so much fun... though we haven't tried it, yet.! That's so cool that you're training with So Fly!

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    1. I love meeting fellow dog lovers and followers! I'm glad she remembered this was something we were interested in. :-)

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  2. Flyball looks so ace! I tried a mini home version with Earl once, and he enjoyed it, getting the hang of it just like that!

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    1. That's awesome!! Maybe you could find a team to train and join?

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  3. How exciting - we love the flyball videos - what a cool and fun sport to do with your dog. Can't wait to hear how you did!

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    1. Thanks Slim! I've got an update coming soon!

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  4. Sounds like a lot of fun for dogs interested in a ball and teams. There is a sport for every pup, the humans just have to figure out which ones fit which dogs as it sounds like you have.

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    1. Thanks Emma! I think this will definitely be perfect for Dante because he loves other dogs! I think it might be a bit much for Ziva. :-)

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  5. That is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! Did you see how fast that little one was running? He was all business. I had to chuckle over your saying that one will try flyball and the other will do agility. It reminded me of a family where the boy plays soccer and the girl takes ballet, or something. lol So FUN. Enjoy!

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    1. I know right?! Doesn't it look like a blast! I can hardly wait until we're good enough to compete. :-)

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  6. How much fun! I always love watching flyball!

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