Have some questions about the sport of Flyball? Please take a look at our list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What is flyball?
Flyball is a team sport for dogs and their handlers. Teams of 4 dogs each compete in a relay race in which each dog runs a course over 4 jumps to retrieve a ball. The handlers are responsible for motivating their dogs to increase their speed and timing the starting run of each dog to make the overall team time as fast as possible. (The record time for 4 dogs to run the course is currently 15.22 seconds set by Spring Loaded. More common are times in the low to mid 20's). The competition is two-fold; the team races against another team for tournament "placement" and also against the clock for points toward titles.
Pip passing Daisy at the start line.[ Return to top ]
How does Flyball compare to Agility and Obedience?
Obedience is like a dinner at the White House, Agility is like a wine and cheese party, and Flyball is like a kegger.[ Return to top ]
What breeds can play flyball?
Flyball is not an AKC sport, so any breed or mix breed can play. Most any breed can be trained to play flyball with PERSISTENCE.[ Return to top ]
What types of dogs do NOT do well at flyball?
Dogs which are either people or dog aggressive (the type that lunge aggressively at other dogs as they pass by) will NOT do well at flyball and will not be able to successfully compete at flyball.[ Return to top ]
I have heard that Border Collies are the best dogs to play flyball. Is that true?
No, The best dog to play flyball is the dog you have. Dogs are pets first and foremost. Flyball is a great outlet for any dog with energy and drive. Don't go out and try to find the "best" flyball dog. Have fun playing flyball with your dog.[ Return to top ]
How do I get started?
You can get started in two ways. You can take a flyball class and learn to play the game first and then join a team. You can pick a team and learn flyball as you go. If you are interested in finding out more about joining Go Dog Go!, contact us and we will be happy to talk to you about it.[ Return to top ]
Is there a class where I take my dog to learn flyball?
Teamworks Dog Training offers a flyball class in Youngsville (Taught by our Captain Nadine) & Holly Springs. To find out more go to: http://www.dogtrainingraleighnc.net/flyball_class.htm
Pet Behavior Help offers a flyball class in Chapel Hill. To find out more go to http://www.petbehaviorhelp.com/flyball.htm[ Return to top ]
Should I start training my little puppy to play flyball now?
No and yes, Dogs must be at least one year of age to play flyball. The stress of jumping and landing can damage a dog that is not fully developed. Your puppy needs to be at least a year old before you start any jump training. However, all flyball dogs need a good recall and basic obedience, teaching good manners and a solid recall can be taught to puppies.[ Return to top ]
Who governs flyball?
NAFA, the North American Flyball Association, is the governing body here in the US. (http://www.flyball.org)[ Return to top ]
What titles are there?
The dogs earn points towards flyball titles based on the teams time:
The titles the dogs can earn are:
How much does it cost?
Here are some of the general costs:
What is a height dog?
This is a sort of a misnomer. A height dog is actually a short dog. The shortest dog on the team determines the jump height in flyball, so it is good to have at least one short dog on each team.[ Return to top ]
Flyball sounds fun, but I don't have a dog. Can I still be involved?
Yes, All teams need members who aren't running dogs. Non-handlers can do jobs such as box loader, ball shagger, and evaluate passes.[ Return to top ]
Can I make my own jumps?
Yes, it's not that hard either. Grab your plans from The Willoughby Workshop![ Return to top ]
What is involved in each different jobs on a team?