And then there are flyball dogs.
What is Flyball?
Flyball is a team sport where dogs race against each other from a start line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball when the dog presses the spring-loaded bad. Then they race back the way they came, returning to their handlers while carrying the ball.
Each “heat” is run with 4 dogs per team. When the first dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes; this continues “relay” style until all 4 dogs run. The first team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat. A race is normally the best three out of five heats.
Why do so many flyball teams seem to have one little dog?
The height of the hurdles is set at 4 inches below the shoulder height of the shortest dog on the team, from a minimum height of 8 inches to a maximum of 16 inches. This gives the smaller breeds the chance to run with the big dogs!
Want to learn more? Check out our Flyball Workshop!
If you’ve heard of Flyball and wondered what it’s all about, come out and see!!
Amanda Brown with Dog Gone Fast will be coming out to Superior Dog Training to give a Flyball workshop. Come out and learn what it is and how to do it; you can even give it a try.
When: Sept 7, 2014, 1:30—4:30
Where: Superior Dog Training , 110-E Woodwinds Industrial Ct., Cary, NC 27511
Cost: Working spots $50 (limit 10 spots) | Audit Spots: $30