12-12-2012, 02:42 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Small Town, Southern Sask
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Originally Posted by Blue pup
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.