Flyball Training

Discussion in 'Dog Sports' started by Aleron, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Aleron Active Member

    Last month, I started training my youngest Belgian in Flyball and my hubby started training his Cardigan Corgi. It has been fun and the dogs seem to really be taking to it well. I have been taking video at each session to show the progress and how Flyball is taught. This is the latest video, from week four and includes all of the dogs in the class:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B42QFLXvo3s&hd=1
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  2. srdogtrainer Experienced Member

    That does look like fun! Thanks for posting the video!
  3. Jean Cote Administrator

    Hi Aleron! Flyball is a pretty cool sport to watch. I've never personally tried it but I've seen a few demonstrations, it's pretty cool. :)
  4. tx_cowgirl Honored Member

    Looks like tons of fun!!
  5. Jean Cote Administrator

    Have you taught Flyball before? Have you started using the ball release machine? I would love to have one of those for my Border Collie that automatically refills LOL, that'd be super easy to exercise her! :D But then again, a game of fetch is just as easy! :)
  6. Aleron Active Member

    Well yes and no...

    I have taught two dogs to "do flyball" for fun - my GSD and a BC that came to the daycare I used to work at. I have never had a dog compete in Flyball or be on a team. My GSD did well enough at it that when I went was at a Pet Expo and took her to a Flyball demo/"try it with your dog", the team that was there asked me what team we were on. They were surprised that I had just taught her to do it on my own and that there was no Flyball in my area.

    This is a Flyball class run by a local team that started up a few years ago. So this is the first I have gone to actual Flyball classes with the idea of training a dog to compete in it. We have not introduced the box yet but have started on box turns, as seen in the end of the video. This team likes to break everything into smaller parts, so the dogs can master each skill before putting them together. I think that's probably the best way to go about it. Most ball driven dogs figure the box out very quickly but if you want them to do a "swimmer's turn", you need to train the turn before introducing the loaded box.

    I used to joke with the BC that if I could train her to reload the box, she would keep herself busy all day LOL.
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  7. sara Moderator

    Looks like a blast! Oliver would be great at it... except for all the people, and dogs, and noise... Oh well! He'd love doing it on his own, though!

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