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    DefaultFlyball info.....

    I'm posting this here because the "lab sports" area looks a bit like a ghost town.... and I never seem to have much luck posting in O & E, so forgive me for the misplaced post.... 

    Anyways, I feel like I need to do something with Peanut. Having Baloo in "advanced" training (further than puppy kindergarten) is so much fun and I love working with him..... and I feel like I'm leaving Peanut out a little... 

    She learns ridiculously quickly (learned "roll over" in ten minutes!), and is so agile it amazes me. (she has repeatedly jumped into my car through the window!!  ) Note: this is when we're at the barn and she decided she wanted to go home. I don't make her get in the car like that, promise!!!  ;D

    So I would like to get her into flyball. Agility is a little much for me to take on right now between Baloo's school and my own (maybe someday in the future...? Never know....)

    Anyways, for those of you involved with flyball/know someone who is, how do you get involved? I've googled my little heart out, and aren't really getting anywhere. 

    Are there lessons? Do you join some sort of club? Would it be appropriate for "soft" dogs? (Peanut is very much a "soft dog"...) I have no idea.  :-\

    *help*!
    Kate
    Baloo - 5 year old black lab
    Peanut - 7 year old minpin
    Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
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    DefaultRe: Flyball info.....

    what neck of the woods are you in again?

    Rock and I have been in flyball for abit over a year, I can try to find you a team nearby. (I'm one of the members of the ghost town of dog sports haha)

    All teams are different with their training classes. Some classes are to generate funds - so they go fast in order to give the owners something to be proud of (so they can do a full run). But REAL flyball classes, if you are interested in actually doing the sport, are different. most dogs (like 90% of them, even the smart ones) should not be doing full runs after 8wks. But the general population just wanting to take classes don't care - they want to see their dog do it or they won't take the class.

    Anyway, as i was saying, different teams teach different ways. All dogs learn differently as well. A year and a half in and Rocky just started doing full runs (to the box and back) in the past few months. A select few dogs will be doing full runs properly in a few months but that is rare. Most dogs are in between those elite dogs and Rocky-like dogs LOL.

    Rocky's problem was the swimmer's turn on the box. His shape and size make it harder for him to do it properly (but he can!). This is important as it's easier on their body (instead of just hitting the box with two paws and turning around) and it's much faster (picture yourself swimming in a pool - if you go to the wall and turn you loose time, but if you do the underwater turn thing it's much faster).

    Some teams do not perfect the turn before sending the dog to the box for a full run. to each their own. This will make it much much harder to get the turn steady afterwards.

    Having said all that - all steps are fun. It's brain work for both YOU and the DOG. Great bonding time. and great exercise FOR BOTH OF YOU (get ready to run!). It's about encouraging your dog by acting like an idiot. It's about giving your dog a reason to hurry his butt back to you.

    ETA: our flyball team
    http://www.flyballdogs.com/doggoneballistic/

    there are two organizations of flyball (two leagues): NAFA and UFLI (rules are a slight bit different when it comes to height and box size)
    NAFA Org: http://www.flyball.org/
    UFLY org: http://www.u-fli.com/modules/news/

    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    DefaultRe: Flyball info.....

    Ballderdash is in Hamilton (good team): http://www.flyballdogs.com/ballderdashers/
    seem to be the only ones in Hamilton proper - you can contact them to see if they offer classes

    Sometimes training facilities also offer flyball classes

    list of ontario teams
    http://www.flyball.org/getstarted/ontario.html
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    DefaultRe: Flyball info.....

    might want to contact Jackie Parkin:
    http://lifestyledogtraining.blogspot.com/

    she sometimes has flyball classes (her place is in Hagersville), or could refer you on...

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    DefaultRe: Flyball info.....

    Quote Originally Posted by kaytris
    might want to contact Jackie Parkin:
    http://lifestyledogtraining.blogspot.com/

    she sometimes has flyball classes (her place is in Hagersville), or could refer you on...
    LOL!
    I always have to laugh when a team of like 13 dogs (that is about what i counted) has 6 dogs under the same owner!?!?! no wonder she has her own team!
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    DefaultRe: Flyball info.....

    We're in Hamilton, so I'll definitely contact the "Ball der dashers"....

    Thanks Tanya for all the info!
    Kate
    Baloo - 5 year old black lab
    Peanut - 7 year old minpin
    Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
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