This course is run by the flyball section of Happy Hounds Dog Training Club . The section trains handlers to train their dogs for flyball in an informal manner. Our philosophy is to enjoy the fun of flyball with your dog. We do not allow harsh handling and offer encouragement through praise, reward and play.
The course is aimed at absolute beginners to flyball although there are some eligibility criteria. The course is specifically about flyball so not suitable for someone looking for
obedience, socialisation, or behavioral training. Consequently we will assess suitability at no cost or commitment to applicants so we can establish the suitability of both the
handler and the dog for the course.
The assessment will establish
Flyball is a quality time activity for you and your dog. While providing exercise for both it is mainly the dog that does the most work while the handler deals with the tactics
and controls the game. Flyball is a fast and exciting event where a team of four dogs take turns in a relay type race against an opposing team down a identical straight courses of four hurdles to catch a ball from the box and return over the hurdles without dropping the ball ir missing a jump in the fastest time. A team normally comprises four dogs
and handlers plus two reserves and a ball-loader for the box.
Is for the handler to be able to send their dog down a row of 4 jumps hit the box collect a ball and return to the handler quickly. This will be the basis for the handler to
decide if they wish to continue as a club member and to hone their skills in a team setting.
That is dependent on the weather. Ideally we want to be outside in which case we train in Rectory Park, the Broomie Close entrance B75 7BD which is behind Chambers Car
Showrooms on Coleshill Road, (we have access to the pavilion toilets) during the winter it is indoors at the rifle range at Sutton Coldfield football grounds B72 1NL.
Being weather dependent members will always need to text Chris between 8 and 8.30am for which venue 07986 768 506. The text also give us notice if people cannot attend so we can adjust the training in good time.
Normally training will be from 9am-12.30pm approx including setting up and packing away the equipment. However, for the course the time will be 9am to 10am of which the course will be about 45 mins then our other members will start their session.
Bring your dog, poo bags, trainer type shoes waterproof if outside, treats, toy or tuggie, collar and lead, if available; harness, retractable lead. Course fee if not already paid.
Participants can, if they wish, train with members for two weeks 9-12 noon free of charge then participants can join the flyball section for an annual fee of £15 (this covers any section of Happy Hounds) and session fees of £4. Your training will continue on a less structureed format as appropriate to the ability acheived.