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All about Flyball


All about flyball

A little introduction.

Are the flyballers crazy?

Run, jump, catch and retrieve: that's flyball. The relatively new dog sport is suitable for active dogs of all sizes. In addition to fitness and social compatibility, it also promotes the dog-human relationship.


Anyone who watches flyball for the first time will first notice that this is not a quiet sport. The dogs push themselves up before a run and cheer on their teammates with loud barks. You know what this is about right now.


In flyball, the focus is on speed, play instinct and the dogs' joy in retrieving. The competitive sport is open to dogs of all breeds and is also a lot of fun for spectators. Exciting competitions and fast-paced races are characteristic of this team sport. A flyball team consists of six dogs and their handler, four of which compete against each other in a race.


The Formula 1 of dog racing.

Red, yellow, green: As in Formula 1 races, the electronic judging system's traffic lights count until the start is cleared. It's starting. The dog sprints across the starting line. He jumps over four hurdles and catches the ball from the flyball box. He then runs over the obstacles back to his master. As soon as he has crossed the finish line, the next dog on his team starts immediately. This one also runs across the competition track with loud shouts of encouragement and commands from its owner and loud barking from the other dogs. At the end of the flyball tournament, the four-legged friends are out of breath and the two-legged friends are mostly hoarse - but both are happy. This is how flyball can be summed up – in a nutshell.

Flyball can be played by all healthy dogs. In order to accommodate the different sizes of the dogs, the team's smallest dog always sets the jump height of the four hurdles. The hurdle height is adjustable in 2.5 cm increments from 17.5 cm to 35 cm.
Tournaments involve running against an opposing team in a direct comparison. In order to create equal conditions in the competition, the teams are divided into divisions according to their performance. The benchmark is the reference time reported by each team before the tournament. A winner will be determined in each division. 


Flyball came to us in Germany in the 1990s from America via England, Belgium and Holland. The first German Flyball Championship took place in 2008 and has been held every two years since then. The European competition has taken place annually since 2007.

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