This page gives a brief introduction to International Flyball and Crufts Flyball. More details of each are available by clicking on the respective topic on the left.
In the United Kingdom there are two types of Flyball sports that dogs can compete in - International Flyball or Crufts Flyball. There are similarities but also major differences but whichever type of Flyball you watch or participate in, they are both very exciting sports for both handlers and their dogs.
In both types, there are 4 jumps of the same design and with the same spacing between the start/stop line, the jumps and the trigger box, which releases the ball.
In International flyball,
In Crufts flyball
Many people aspire to teaching their dogs this seemingly "easy" sport as all the dogs have to do is -
"A Flyball run usually only takes 5 or so seconds to do - so what's the problem? It can't take very long to train a dog, surely!"
Unfortunately this is not the case. It is because the sport is so exciting, fast and is done in close proximity to other dogs that teaching a dog to do flyball can be very difficult to achieve without the dog becoming over stressed (showing symptoms of either confusion, lack of concentration, low mental stamina, and even aggressive behaviour due to tiredness).
Handlers and trainers soon learn that this simple chain of behaviours needs to be taught with great care so that the dog thoroughly understands what is expected of it and can do a flyball run with enthusiasm and speed, without becoming stressed or confused.
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