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Old 01-20-2011, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default Passed flyball tryouts!Some flyball questions...

Last week Kaia had tryouts for flyball and I felt we did good but I was still nervous. I just got the e-mail confirming we made it and practice is starting this week! I am so excited to get started because it seems so fun for me and Kaia.

I know I am getting way ahead of myself because I heard it takes a year of training but I started looking at some flyball equitment to buy to practice at home. I was suprised to see prices are ranging from $200-$1,000 for just the box alone! I really liked one called Miller Elite fylball box for $700. I know its on the pricy end but the site said that the springs are better quality so its better on your dogs joints for the quick turns. Now I know that sites will say anything to make their product sound the best but it got many good reviews and Im all for my dog being in good health! So for flyball lovers whats your say? What products do you use? I also saw that the jumps were about $250 and I havent even began to look at the timing lights and mats!

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Old 01-21-2011, 12:47 AM   #2
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For home practice, you can make your own umps. As for the box, they are expensive. The flyball dogs I know (one is one of the top timed BCs in the Nation) train in their backyards with only the umps and a box. I don't think you need the lights for your own training. However, I don't do flyball myself.
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I have played around a little with flyball with Susie and the jumps they used were very simple pieces of plywood. The uprights on each side were slotted and the actual board you jumped fitted into the slots. I don't see why they would not be adequate for training at home and would be really cheap to make. They had two different boxes, one was easy to trigger, the other they had to hit differently so Susie never did figure it out. She would never make a flyball dog but had fun trying.

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I was considering the lights and mat but your right, I dont really need them. The jumps did seem easy and Ill google how to make them. Thanks!

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