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Old 12-12-2012, 12:47 PM
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Fly Ball or Heard Training???

I recently discovered Fly Ball and was wondering if there is a group in my area? Also have been looking for a herding class to get involved with but the closest one I can find online is over an hour away and I just can't do that on a regular basis. Was hoping that maybe someone on here had any ideas. My family has goats but I don't know how to train my dog so even just some one in the area with more knowledge than me I can provide that animals to work with, I just can't do it by myself.
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NAFA has a list of flyball teams on their site here

U-Fli is not quite as big, but has a club locator here

Flyball is an excellent sport - I do it with two of my dogs. Prowl competes and has his Fdch-Silver. Bern is just learning. Both of them absolutely love it.

If you are planning on going into dog sports, it's imperative that you get your dog down to a proper weight. This PDF has the test that I use - scroll down to #5. Basically if you don't have random strangers telling you to feed your dog on a walk, your dog is probably overweight.

If you have any questions, feel free to poke me.
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Lol, so true FS! Although Whisky is a fluffy dog so people don't see it or pay attention.

Flyball is awesome. I do classes with my Aussie. I'm sure we're never going to do competitions with her, she's 4 and doesn't have very much motivation but enjoys going to classes with me. However we'll see what the future brings.

To be honest most Flyball clubs are located near cities... If your in the middle of nowhere like I am you can expect to travel 1 hour (one way) just to do classes. Usually they are once a week with group practice once a week as well, and some other practice randomly during the week (at least that's how it is here).
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Goats don't herd well. You need sheep or cattle. Not something to attempt without herding knowledge, you can ruin stock and get your dog hurt or killed.
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Lol, so true FS! Although Whisky is a fluffy dog so people don't see it or pay attention.

Flyball is awesome. I do classes with my Aussie. I'm sure we're never going to do competitions with her, she's 4 and doesn't have very much motivation but enjoys going to classes with me. However we'll see what the future brings.

To be honest most Flyball clubs are located near cities... If your in the middle of nowhere like I am you can expect to travel 1 hour (one way) just to do classes. Usually they are once a week with group practice once a week as well, and some other practice randomly during the week (at least that's how it is here).
It must depend on the club and area. At least four clubs around here (including mine) don't actually offer classes, but instead teach the new dogs during practice times (once a week for two hours). I find it is a bit easier this way since each dog is worked at it's own level. (Basically we take the dogs out one, two or three at a time and work them on what needs to be done so each dog gets one-on-one attention). We also have open nights once a month or so for new people to just come and see what it is about.

We will occasionally have an extra practice a week right before a tournament - occasionally with a different club. *shurgs* So yeah, it depends. Call around and ask. Depending on how rural your area is, you might luck out - we have some small town/country clubs but Saskatchewan is mostly small town/country.

Whisky sounds a lot like Tyson (an aussie on my team). He is about ten now and not that drivey or motivated, but enjoys coming to play. When I boxload at tournaments, I have to yell at him, otherwise he just dawdles. Ummm, not yelling in a mean-angry way, but in a you have to yell to be heard way. He also insist on having an extra fuzzy animal print type ball (that of course has been discontinued). If you get it wrong, for the rest of the day he will stop in front of the box, give you a look, inspect the ball, then grab it. He's not in the running to be fastest dog by any means, but he is character enough that no one cares.
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Yeah forgot to say classes are separate from group, just happens to be the same person running it

That sounds exactly like Whisky, although she is still learning to get the ball during a turn, but I'm sure she'll end up a bit like him :;
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NAFA has a list of flyball teams on their site here

U-Fli is not quite as big, but has a club locator here

Flyball is an excellent sport - I do it with two of my dogs. Prowl competes and has his Fdch-Silver. Bern is just learning. Both of them absolutely love it.

If you are planning on going into dog sports, it's imperative that you get your dog down to a proper weight. This PDF has the test that I use - scroll down to #5. Basically if you don't have random strangers telling you to feed your dog on a walk, your dog is probably overweight.

If you have any questions, feel free to poke me.
Well no one on the lists given are any where near me. Seems like Northern Michigan is a dead zone, at least as far as I've seen. I wouldn't even know who to start calling so maybe there is something out there. Would vets know....I didn't think of that. Gus is defiantly a bit over weight...was hoping that the whole fly ball thing would help with that.
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