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Old 07-21-2014, 12:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Flyball discussion thread!

Here we can chat about the trials and tribulations of flyball!
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Skywalker'sMom, flyball is a relay race for dogs. They have to clear 4 jumps, pop the ball off the box and carry it across the finish line. The next dog goes, and the best time with a clean run wins the heat.

It's very fast paced and the good teams have really tight exchanges. It's really tricky to not be really late, but not go early either.

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Old 07-21-2014, 02:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is a video I made for some family/friends in the Netherlands after a tornado hit a few miles from me and destroyed our dog training center. Fast forward to 7:15 (the video damage is just tree damage and some minor structural stuff, but my mom wanted me to record as we drove through to check on a friend), the photos of the training center are at the end.


Our team is sort of screwed at the moment. I am actually lucky that I can deal without training for an extended period. Nikon is trained and can run in any position with any dogs/team. Legend is just a baby so we have plenty of drills we can do at home or with one other dog in a smaller space (box drills, passing drills, etc). Indy needs some work before she can compete on a team (she's done Preflight and Singles) but she doesn't take flyball very seriously and is just as happy to chase Legend around the yard, so I don't think she misses it. Our team has Nationals in 2 weeks and the team running in the National tournament has four dogs that have all ran for the first time ever since March or sooner! I'm not going to Nationals because of $$$ this year (I went to a really cool fundraiser tournament in the Michigan UP instead at the end of June), so again it's not the end of the world if I can't practice right now but I really miss it. I'm missing Nationals and a Labor Day tournament so I don't race again until September.
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Wow that is horrible about your training building. Don't think I had heard about the tornado at all in the news.
It's pretty rare to get one here, but there was a very tiny one not far from me a few days ago. They don't usually do much damage.

Remember line judging a bunch of BP races. You should have stopped and told us who you were. We are pretty easy to pick out.

Don't give up training with your shepherd, she can do it, might just need to use different methods than what works with a Border Collie.
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Oh no I'm sorry to hear about your training center. I hope it was unoccupied at the time of the tornado

I'm leaving for school next month and "my" dogs are staying home. I'm leaving PA and headed to MI so I can't even visit on weekends. They are both very "green" dogs. It'll be interesting to see if they continue to progress at all with only 3-4 months of training each year.
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Oh Liesje, that is terrible! I'm so sorry.

Are you guys able to practice on the grass at all? Are there any other places to practice, maybe with another team while the building is being repaired?
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Don't give up training with your shepherd, she can do it, might just need to use different methods than what works with a Border Collie.
I'll have to see if I can find you guys next time I see you guys at a tournament.

My dog has a low threshold and gets really wound up with other dogs. She will get an upset tummy and one time almost choked herself out (she had to lay down) she was pulling so hard. I can't even take her on pack walks without her getting really worked up.

This is her on her own a year ago, she was really good on her own! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=3&theater

It makes me sad because when I put the boxes in my van after the tournament we hosted in April, she started crying in her crate when she saw them. She loves it a lot. She's got a right hip that's borderline too, so that was another reason we gave it up.
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How old is she now, blackshep? I didn't even start taking flyball classes with Halo until she was 2-1/2, and she was almost 3-1/2 before she started racing.
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I posted these in Halo's flyball thread, but I'll put them here too. They're some videos from a tournament in May - I hurt my back first thing in the morning boxloading for one of our teams on Saturday and managed to race Halo that day but was too sore and stiff on Sunday, so a teammate stepped in to race her for me.

Two heats with slo-mo box turns, Halo is racing in the 3rd spot:


One heat of each of the four teams we ran that day - we're in the left lane and Halo is in the first heat, racing 2nd:

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She turned 2 the end of April.

Cassidy, not a bad box for a big dog!
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