That Darn Flyball Box

Okay I went to have Angel’s and Tatum’s toenails trimmed by our Thunder Paws Flyball Captain, and of course she sent me home with a practice flyball box. 🙂

It’s sitting in my front room and I haven’t, of course, used it yet. I want to really find out what I’m doing with the darn thing. Chase needs to get higher up on the box. She has taught her Jack Russel to bounce off the wall, literally! I think that’s an awesome idea. I need to get a carpet square or something and put it on the wall, then have Chase do that. Once i show him how, I know he’ll have no problem. That will get him WAY UP on the box, which is what I want. And without a jump prop in front.

As for Tatum, I don’t know, yet, how to start her out. I want to start her out right. So if you have any suggestions, please let me know! I have some ideas and I’ve gotten help from my team, and I’m always open for more ideas.

EDIT:
Links to box training:
Shoot Training
More Shoot Training
Swimmer’s Turn
Flyball Training Manual

— I don’t get the Shoot… how does the dog change from the long ramp to doing a swimmer’s turn off a short box?

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11 thoughts on “That Darn Flyball Box

  1. Watching the dogs compete at this is awesome! The dogs seem to just LOVE it! Good luck with your new endeavor.

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  2. Hi there,

    Both of my dogs, including a largish german shepherd mix, learned their box turn with the gutter method, described in detail at

    This webpage is pretty detailed and includes lots of short videos to illustrate the points. A number of high-ranked teams use this method to teach the turn. One of my dogs has been to several tournaments and has never lost her turn; in fact her turn is as high at the end of a tournie as it was at the start.

    But, this is not to say that other methods can’t do an equally good job. There’s more than one way to annoy a cat as they say.

    Have fun!

    Lisa

  3. Hi there, Both of my dogs, including a largish german shepherd mix, learned their box turn with the gutter method, described in detail at This webpage is pretty detailed and includes lots of short videos to illustrate the points. A number of high-ranked teams use this method to teach the turn. One of my dogs has been to several tournaments and has never lost her turn; in fact her turn is as high at the end of a tournie as it was at the start. But, this is not to say that other methods can't do an equally good job. There's more than one way to annoy a cat as they say. Have fun! Lisa

  4. Hi there, Both of my dogs, including a largish german shepherd mix, learned their box turn with the gutter method, described in detail at This webpage is pretty detailed and includes lots of short videos to illustrate the points. A number of high-ranked teams use this method to teach the turn. One of my dogs has been to several tournaments and has never lost her turn; in fact her turn is as high at the end of a tournie as it was at the start. But, this is not to say that other methods can't do an equally good job. There's more than one way to annoy a cat as they say. Have fun! Lisa

  5. Hi Lora thanks. Chase already loves it, more than anything! But his box turn isn’t as high on the box as I would like.

  6. Lisa thanks for that link. I browsed the page and it looks great, I will look it over in more detail tomorrow. Today I had a rather bad day.

  7. Lisa thanks for that link. I browsed the page and it looks great, I will look it over in more detail tomorrow. Today I had a rather bad day.

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