Flyball is a four-dog relay race between competing teams. Each team must go over four hurdles, trigger a flyball box pedal, catch a ball and then return over all four hurdles to the start/finish line where the next dog eagerly awaits.
Two teams of four dogs compete at the same time, each using a parallel 'racing lane' down which each dog in turn runs. The hurdle height is determined by the shoulder height of the smallest dog in the team. The height should be no less than 17.5 cm and no greater than 35 cm.
If a run is not completed correctly the dog must re-run at the end of the line (for instance if the dog drops the ball, misses out a hurdle or starts too early, if it doesn’t trigger a flyball box pedal or takes a ball from the basket.? The team of which the four dogs have run the whole circuit without making any mistake is the winner of that heat.
Only a head judge can stop the heat when one team has successfully finished. There are 3 heats in each race. If the same team wins the first two heats, than the third heat is not held. The amount of races depends on the time, the teams have.
Who can participate? Flyball is open to all dogs, mixed or pure bred. You will spend less time on preparing your dog if it has previous experience in training.