Participating in beginner flyball class can be an exciting and rewarding experience for both you and your dog. It’s a great way to build a strong bond with your dog, provide mental and physical stimulation, and have a lot of fun together.
Here’s what you can expect from Beginner Flyball Classes:
Introduction to Flyball:
Overview of flyball and its rules, including safety guidelines for both dogs and handlers.
You and your dog will need to have some basic obedience skills in place before starting flyball. These skills include commands like sit, stay, recall (come when called).
You will learn about the flyball equipment, including the hurdles, flyball box, and tennis balls and how to maintain this equipment.
We will guide you on training your dog to jump over hurdles and trigger the flyball box and work with you while other dogs are out. This will involve positive reinforcement techniques to motivate and reward your dog for each step of the process.
Safety is a top priority. You’ll be taught how to ensure your dog’s well-being during training and competition, such as proper warm-up and cooldown exercises or routines.
Flyball is a team sport, teamwork is practiced and shown at every practice and competition.
You will support other dog/handlers in their training as they also help you in you and your dogs training to move forward.
Expect a positive and supportive atmosphere.
The class will progress at a pace suitable for beginners, gradually increasing the complexity of exercises and drills as you and your dog become more proficient.
You will be assigned homework exercises to practice with your dog outside of class to reinforce the training.
Competition and Graduation:
We will have a final competition/graduation.
Dogs/Handlers will be recommended to move on to more advanced training or potentially join the team.
What You Need to Bring to Your First Class:
Water for you and your dog
Crate/Kennel (Remember the team? We need you free to help others train)
Cover for Crate/Kennel
4-6 Foot Non-Retractable Leash
Dog’s Favorite Non-Squeaky Toy
Sunscreen & Bug Spray (depends on weather)
Tennis Shoes (something you can be active in)
*Special thank you to Iyam Maehem with MAEHEM Photography for the photos on this page.