Flyball Again

Well, Chase and I have been going and practicing with the Thunder Paws Flyball club here in Utah. And so far, so good. Chase is a great flyball dog, and he’s doing really well. He is fumbling the ball at the box most of the time, though. He really didn’t used to do that at practice. Maybe half the time… now it’s most. But we have some ideas of what to do to get him to catch that darn ball.

It can’t be that hard, the ball comes out exactly the same angle every time! Goofball Chase. 🙂

Anyway, we are having fun. We are hoping to go to the U-FLI tournament in Longmont, Nevada, the last week of October. If we do that, I’m probably going to get in the 3 day agility trial the very next weekend in October, and bring both Levi and Chase down. If I’m there it’d seem a waste not to go.

My boss tells me if I can find internet connection, I can even work from there. Woot!

2 thoughts on “Flyball Again”

  1. Hi!

    I’ve been following your blog for several months, but I don’t think I’ve put any comments yet.

    Anyway, I’m glad another flyball opportunity is available for you and Chase and I look forward to reading about his progress! About him bobbling the ball: my dog (rescue hound mix) bobbles 15%-30% of the time (used to be even worse) and someone noticed that she doesn’t put her mouth directly over the ball; instead, she reaches for it but lets the box spit it out to her, a “technique” that lends itself to bobbled balls. So in practice we “unspring” the box so that she has to put her mouth right over the ball to grab it, otherwise the ball doesn’t come out. Just thought I’d share that in case Chase is doing something similar. I’d be interested to hear of any other things you guys try to help reduce his bobbles.

    Cheers!

  2. Hi! I've been following your blog for several months, but I don't think I've put any comments yet. Anyway, I'm glad another flyball opportunity is available for you and Chase and I look forward to reading about his progress! About him bobbling the ball: my dog (rescue hound mix) bobbles 15%-30% of the time (used to be even worse) and someone noticed that she doesn't put her mouth directly over the ball; instead, she reaches for it but lets the box spit it out to her, a "technique" that lends itself to bobbled balls. So in practice we "unspring" the box so that she has to put her mouth right over the ball to grab it, otherwise the ball doesn't come out. Just thought I'd share that in case Chase is doing something similar. I'd be interested to hear of any other things you guys try to help reduce his bobbles. Cheers!

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