Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Get Hooked on Flyball

Dogs bark and tremble with excited energy at the starting line, waiting for the green light. As soon as it appears, they're off like a shot. They leap over hurdles, snag a tennis ball out of the air and race back to the line so the next dog can run. Handlers jump and cheer on the sidelines.

With this kind of excitement, it's easy to get addicted to flyball. This adrenaline-laced canine sport is sweeping the nation, with teams cropping up in nearly every state and even appearing in other countries.

But what is this game that's so addicting? Flyball is a relay race for dogs. There are four dogs to a relay team, and each dog must sprint down a lane and leap four hurdles, trigger the flyball box to release a tennis ball, catch the ball and race back to the starting line. Would you believe that some of the fastest flyball teams complete the entire course in just over 17 seconds?

The members of Flyball Dogs Anonymous (FDA) freely admit that they're addicted to flyball. It all started in 2001 when they first began training and has just kept growing. They now compete in tournaments up and down the East Coast and have won several first-place ribbons. They're hoping no one ever finds a cure for their flyball addiction because they love it!

You can watch the Flyball Dogs demonstrate their stuff at PawsAbilities, but don't blink or you might miss them!

To get you dancing in place for some flyball, check out these flyball videos:

Flyball Dogs Anonymous competes in Manassas, VA
What happens when humans try to play flyball?

Visit FDA on the PawsAbilities website or the FDA website for more flyball information.

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