Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring-loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball.
It is one of the fastest growing dog sports in America. It’s a sport that any size or breed of dog can compete in. One of the beauties of this sport is that it’s open to registered or unregistered mix/breed dogs.
This DVD is instructed by Leerburg Online University's great instructor, JJ Belcher. He has broken the sport into small individual training steps that are easy to follow. JJ's wife, Nicole, is not only an excellent dog trainer, but also certified in Canine Rehabilitation. Nicole is the manager of a large Veterinary hospital and has a module on stretching and exercising that is directed to the sport of flyball.
If you are already on a flyball team, this DVD will not only offers excellent advanced training information, but it is also a perfect tool for those who are thinking of getting involved with flyball.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR, JJ Belcher
"I was training and competing in Schutzhund when I discovered flyball. I originally got involved because it seemed like great cross training for my dog.
In flyball training, the dogs run a lot of sprints, you solidify recalls amongst distractions and build crazy engagement… The training was fun and the people I met were great but I never thought I would go anywhere with it until my first tournament. Everything changed after that!
Racing a team of dogs against another team, people screaming, dogs barking, adrenaline pumping, it was amazing and I was hooked. My dog loved it too. It’s wild to see him get competitive and really push himself when racing another dog.
My wife and I had the opportunity to train with and race on some amazing teams throughout the last 10 years before starting our own team in Tucson, Arizona. We won 5th place at the 2008 Cynosport Flyball World Championship racing with Online K9, 4th place at the 2009 Cynosport Flyball World Championship racing with INXS and had the honor of racing with the 2009 World Champion team Heat Wave for a couple years. We’ve raced at the worlds largest flyball tournament CanAm twice and plan to be back in 2016. We have a great group of people and dogs on our team Cirque Berserk. They all helped on this course for Leerburg and we hope you get a lot out of it. Our goal with this course is to share what we have learned over the years and hopefully inspire some people that don’t have a flyball club in their area to start one up."
- JJ Belcher