Flyball matches two teams of four dogs each, racing side-by-side oer a 51 foot long course. Each dog must run relay fashion down the jumps, trigger a flyball box, releasing the ball, retrieving the ball, and return over the jumps. The next dog goes when the previous dog has returned and reached the start/finish line. The first team to have all four dogs finish the course without error wins!
Flyball began in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, by a group of dog trainers in Southern California. Herbert Wagner is credited with developing the first flyball box, he demonstrated his box on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson which got a lot of people’s attention. This new dog sport grew and the first tournament was held in 1983. If you would like to learn more about the history of flyball, visit NAFA, About Flyball page.