It is a relay race played with a tennis ball, hurdles and a spring-loaded box. Four dogs take turns jumping over 4 hurdles that are set 10 feet apart. Heights are based on the shortest dog's height. The current world record is under 15 seconds for the entire team.
Flyball races match two teams of four dogs each, racing side-by-side over a 51 foot long course. Each dog must run in relay fashion down the jumps, trigger a flyball box, releasing the ball, retrieve the ball, and return over the jumps. The next dog is released to run the course but can't cross the start/finish line until the previous dog has returned over all 4 jumps and reached the start/finish line. The first team to have all 4 dogs finish the course without error wins the heat.
Basic obedience and a reliable recall are important. Flyball dogs are athletes and must be in good physical condition for this sport. There are also flyball specific skills that dogs and handlers learn in class. Drive is important but being ball crazy, although a plus, is not a prerequisite. Flyball is a game for our dogs, and they will think it is fun, fun, fun!
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