Dog Training Tips: How To Start Flyball Training

Always wanted your dog to learn flyball? Here's your chance!

Dog Flyball Training

Flyball training is a hurdle relay race course for every dog. Every dog must bounce over a sequence of obstacles in the direction of a box that discharges a tennis ball when squeezed. The dog then turns about and race back over the similar obstacles and cross the end line with the retrieved tennis ball in it mouth. If you have a dog and you need some dog training tips about fly training, then this article is for you!

Dog’s Personality

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Before deciding on fly ball training, there are few qualities you should look out for to successfully prepare your dog for the training. For example, your dog response to a tennis ball; a dog that goes crazy when he sees a tennis ball might be a superb possibility for fly ball training. Also, the dog should be intelligent and curious; since the entire idea of the fly ball training is that the ball is “sprung” from the box when the puppy pushes a lever. Quick learner dogs are most likely to succeed. Another important characteristic of a Flyball dog is its ability to focus. The following tips will give you a good idea to start your fly ball dog training.

Basic Fetching Game

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First, train your dog how to play fetch with a tennis ball in sessions, in about 20 to 25 minutes session till the dog is repeatedly taking the ball directly back to you. Compensate the dog for a good effort with a little treat. Offering the treat will make the dog to discharge the tennis ball so that it can be tossed once more.

Increase Obstacles Accordingly

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When your dog is good with fetch, set up a single fly ball obstacle in a level area and stay with the dog. Throw the tennis ball over the middle of the fly ball obstacle and urge the dog to get it back using clear and audible encouragement! Perform this technique in sessions of 20 to 25 minutes sessions until the dog jumps the obstacle to retrieve the ball and again to come back to you three times in succession. Praise and generously reward the dog for completing this assignment.

Include a second obstacle about six feet after the first obstacle. Remain with the dog and throw the tennis ball on both obstacles. Stroll onward with the dog to retain it on track to hop over the two fly ball obstacles and get the tennis ball. Set up third and fourth obstacles and proceed with the training in 20 to 25 minutes sessions until the dog is recurrently clearing every one of the four obstacles in both directions and retrieves the tennis ball.

Accustom the dog with a fly ball box by stacking the tennis ball into the box. Give praise and treat to the dog for pushing on the box to make the ball pop out. Little dogs may require to get a running begin in order to apply enough force to discharge the ball. Begin the dog by your side and keep sending him to bring the ball from the box at increasing distances until the fly ball box is about 50 feet away.

Set up the fly ball obstacles so the earliest one is six feet apart from the beginning, the next, third and fourth obstacles ten feet apart. The fly box should be set about sixteen feet after the fourth obstacle. Stack the fly ball box and start the dog at your side. Release the dog to charge over the obstacles and get the tennis ball!

Updated: June 20, 2017.

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