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Hey all! Has anyone tried flyball with their doberman? Just curious! While at obedience today, the lead trainer approached me and asked if I ever thought of doing flyball with Zeus. I admitted that I'd never heard of it, and she explained to me what it was. I looked up some videos online, and it doesn't look exceptionally hard (even though I think getting him to understand how to do the springboard part may prove slightly challenging) but it looks like a lot of fun! Zeus loves balls, so I'm sure the drive would be there. Apparently she's going to ask whoever is in charge of the group she's a part of to add me to the mailing list, so we'll see!

Also...I can hardly keep up with him during Agility practice, so a sport where I'm not struggling to run with him is appealing, hahaha!!
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I've seen videos also - crazy fast stuff! I've never seen it in person or knew anyone who did it.

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There is a girl in my nosework calls that is a top ranker in flyball with her chi-wa-wa ....can’t spell that !! LOL
Anyway flyball is great fun she says....but there is a technique that needs to be developed as they hit that springboard and do the turn back.
If things are not done quite right by the dog it can cause some physical problems for the dog.
So just make sure you pup is not fast tracked in flyball and hopefully you have a great instructor that will work with you to develop a good technique in this area of springboard and the turning back to return to the start line.
My classmate says the events are loud and really high energy event.
I decided to pass with having Hoss do flyball ...justhate to take any classes that MIGHT add to vet bills.
We opted for Nosework.....but good luck with Flyball your dog might just be a natural at this sport.
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There is a girl in my nosework calls that is a top ranker in flyball with her chi-wa-wa ....can’t spell that !! LOL
Chihuahua.

Flyball takes a lot more conditioning and training than most people think. There really is a lot of repetitive stress on the dogs bodies, not so much from the running and jumping, since the jumps are sized for the smallest dog on the team, but hitting the box and turning.

That said, it is a very exciting few seconds.
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Yup Rosemary, thats worded perfectly.
Thats exactly what my classmate described!!
So a good trainer is always a plus it appears.
Someone that will help a newbie gain a good foundation early on in the training of proper techniques versus trial and error.
Keep us posted on what you do gamer .
Always like updated pics !! Hint hint.....
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Rosemary has a point about the repetitive stress, especially for a larger dog. Capri ran into wrist problems that didn't go away, stemming from an initial injury, we think, and that particular kind of stress would have been awful for her...I think I would do some extra scrutiny of Zeus' leg structure and joint/ligament conformation/strength before getting involved.

But that's just based on what we went through with Capri (brace, physical therapy, etc)--I don't know if her kind of problem was at all common.
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I'm super wary of repetitive stress stuff based on Richter's foot issues, and what I know about structure and what stresses dogs go through to do weaves and contact equipment in agility. That said, that's ME and the choices I make for my dogs.
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Jessica Wilcock DVM (she's in Washinton state, Monroe, Washington ran one of her first Dobes in Flyball) but that was back when she had one Dobe--the Dobe really liked the flyball competition. I don't know if she is still doing any flyball stuff anymore--I vaugley remember that she was doing Agility, some coursing, barn hunt and maybe some dock diving.

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I wanted to add that a good number of the dogs I know around here that do flyball are bred specifically for the sport. They are "flyball mixes" - mixes of very particular breeds that are bred by breeders breeding for that sport. They tend to be smallish, really intense, sometimes called "sport mixes."
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I wanted to add that a good number of the dogs I know around here that do flyball are bred specifically for the sport. They are "flyball mixes" - mixes of very particular breeds that are bred by breeders breeding for that sport. They tend to be smallish, really intense, sometimes called "sport mixes."
Yeah, a lot of the popular sport mixes started out as flyball dogs. Border Collies x Papillion, or Jack Russell Terrier, or Whippet are the most common crosses.
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I haven't seen all that many flyball dogs (and most of the ones I have seen were older (8, 9, 10 years) and retired. But I got to thinking about it and all of them were some sort of Border Collie mix--I think that the team that Jessica's bitch ran on was her an a Border Colie and two Border Collie crosses.

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Most of the dogs I've seen online in serious competition have been whippets. Omg, they're speedy little things! I'm going to ask to watch a practice session to see how things are run, how many dogs participate, etc. I want to know how springboard training works. I'll definitely make the best decision for Zeus. I definitely want him to have fun, but I don't want him to do something that may cause injury. I'll keep you posted!
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I took my last Dobe to some flyball practices with a local team but it was too crazy and noisy for both of us. The other dogs seemed to love it though.

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