|Barked: Sun Feb 19, '12 8:57pm PST |
|If you're looking to train to compete, just join up with a team. Teaching your dog to go up four jumps, grab a ball and come back is nothing. To compete, you need to teach them to go up for jumps, grab a ball and come back in a place they've never been before while their teammates are screaming behind them, while other dogs they have never seen before are tearing back and forth a few feet away, while strange people and dogs are milling around, barking, screaming, talking, opening doors and going outside, while whistles are blowing... There is no possible way to ready your dog for a flyball competition at home.
If you just want to play around, as mentioned, getting an actual flyball box isn't really feasible. You'd be better off building a crude, well-padded stand with some velcro, or even just setting the ball on the ground and having him grab it (no impact that way).
It's still worth hanging out with a team, though, because there are safety concerns you should know about (like lessening impact) and methods to train the whole routine.
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