Flyball with a Standard Poodle & now a Mini
Drag Racing for Dogs...
Dogs from two teams race against each other over parallel lines of jumps.
The jump height is based on the smallest dog on each team.
Flyball got its start in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s, when a group of dog trainers in Southern California created scent discrimination hurdle racing, then put a guy at the end to throw tennis balls to the dogs when they finished the jump line. It didn’t take long for the group to decide to build some sort of tennis ball-launching apparatus, and the first flyball box was born. Herbert Wagner is credited with developing the first flyball box, and apparently he did a flyball demo on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson that got a lot of peoples attention. Subsequently, the new dog sport for dog enthusiasts was introduced in the Toronto-Detroit area by several dog training clubs. After a few small tournaments were held in conjunction with dog shows, the first ever flyball tournament was held in 1983. (From the NAFA website)
Because of my limited mobility, I wanted to allow my dog, Koko more exercise. So we discovered flyball. She loves it and it gets me some limited exercise too.
This is video is the start of her training to play the game. She started May 21, 2010
2016 The new kid on the Block..FLBLL
(Flyball without the vowels) She is a 8” height mini poodle click the pic to watch the video of her run passing KoKo. She’s still learning but has guts.
She has 6K for now.
FLBLL LOVES FLYBALL & Passing BIG DOGS
KoKo now will run for anyone & is a seasoned 50K dog.
RALLY vs. OBEDIENCE ???
Looking for another Sport to compete in but have mobility issues or just want to go play with your dog while you both learn, Rally might be for you.
Rally obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience. It was originally devised by Charles L. "Bud" Kramer from the obedience practice of "doodling" - doing a variety of interesting warmup and freestyle exercises.
Unlike regular obedience, instead of waiting for the judge's orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course. For more details go to the American Kennel Club (AKC) Meanwhile check out.......
We have provided you with a small amount of information, search out Flyball, Rally or other activities offered by the AKC (how about Dock Diving). Great for you & the dog (we do that too).
Even with limit mobility you can do it. I do.
Why Title a dog Why do we do it? What’s in a title?
The dog does not care. Then why do it?.....
Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores, a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in record and in memory for as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.
And though the dog itself doesn't know or care that its achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.
A title says your dog was intelligent and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.
And a title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with it because it was a good dog, that you believed in it enough to give it yet another chance when it failed, and that, in the end, your faith was justified.
A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.
And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of pride in one small set of initials after the name.
A title earned is nothing less than love and respect, given and received, and permanently recorded.