If you are looking for a fun and exciting activity for your dog, Flyball may be for you! Flyball is team sport for dogs which began in Southern California in the 1970s and has been gaining in popularity ever since. A Flyball event lets you spend quality time with your pet, be around other pet enthusiasts, and lets your dog have fun exercising and socializing with other dogs.
What is Flyball?
Flyball is a relay race between teams of dogs, with four dogs per team. The standard Flyball course is 51 feet long, and has four hurdles spaced 10 feet apart, with a spring-loaded box at the end. The height of the hurdles is adjustable, and is based upon the height of the smallest dog on the team, known as the “height dog.”
How Does My Dog Play?
Teams of dogs of similar ability race side by side. The first dog races down the course, jumping the hurdles and being sure to stay in his own lane, until he reaches the spring-loaded box at the end of the course. The dog must trigger the release of a ball from the box, grab the ball, and then race back to the start. When the first dog reaches the start/finish line, the next dog goes. This process is repeated until all four dogs have completed the course. The team with the fastest time wins the heat.
Any dog may play Flyball regardless of breed, size or age. There are Flyball clubs throughout the country, and your dog has the chance to win ribbons, trophies and titles.