Actually, 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.
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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