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 Post subject: Flyball?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:05 pm 
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Hi yall! My name is Chris and I own Remi a 6 month old Blue Lacy here in Arkansas. Has anybody out there ever thought about or tried to train a Lacy at Flyball. There is a team about 20 minutes from me that I am going to contact about training. Any advice would be welcome.

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 Post subject: Re: Flyball?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:12 pm 
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Hi Chris,

I just wanted to say welcome!

I dont know anything about flyball, but Julie is going to start Sadie on it real soon, I think. She will have lots of info for you.

Again, welcome,

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 Post subject: Re: Flyball?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:59 pm 
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Welcome to the site Chris!

Yup, Sadie and I plan to start flyball classes the last week in February. Well, as long as the scheduling works, they are still deciding on the night and we already go to agility on Tuesdays.

I've done a lot of research on the sport and think Lacys would be a perfect fit. I just wrote an article on agility for the blog last week, http://workinglacys.wordpress.com/2009/ ... ity-lacys/, and I think all the reasons for why a Lacy excels in agility hold true for flyball. Actually, I bet they would do even better in flyball given the emphasis on speed. You need a high level of accuracy and control in the agility, but flyball is a more focused activity with the same goal every time, so they'd really be able to kick it up a notch.

Definitely get involved! Unfortunately 6 months is too young to start competing, growth plates don't close until closer to a year, but I would get in touch with the team now and figure out what their class schedule is. Some groups even have puppy classes to help dogs develop the basic skills. And you can always begin practicing things at home. The place to start is with a solid recall. When you call, your pup should haul ass to you. If you can get that down and learn to harness his drive, you'll be on the right track.

If you want to learn more about the sport and get some training tips, check out these sites. And of course I'll have lots of updates starting at the end of February, so keep in touch!

http://www.flyball.org/
http://flyballdogs.com/
http://www.u-fli.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Flyball?
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:48 am 
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Thanks Julie! I am really excited about flyball and now agility too. I have heard that agility creates a very strong bond between you and your dog. This lady that is close to me does everything from agility and flyball to dock diving, lure coursing, and herding.

I do have one question about the growth plates: I have been using a treadmill some and we have been climbing Pinnacle Mountain in our area the last few weeks. I don't want to do anything to strenuous but what is too much? Will the treadmill at a moderate 4-6 speed be bad and what about the climbing up the rocks...the trail is designed with rock steps almost but gets a little rockier and sketchier towards the top...is this bad for a 6-7 month old?

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 Post subject: Re: Flyball?
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In my opinion, Lacy pups need exercise, and lots of it. They were built to start learning a very demanding job at a young age. However, it takes time to train a trustworthy working dog, so they wouldn't have been pressed into consistent service until they were more fully developed. So I'd be careful about extended periods of excessive physical stress, but if he seems healthy and doesn't get sore then you're probably OK. I'm not an expert though, do your research on joint health so you feel comfortable with your decision.

The big thing about growth plates with agility and flyball is the continuous jumping. Landings are hard on mature dogs, and they are usually the reason older dogs get retired, because their joints just can't handle the repeated jarring. So until their body is physically stable, most people don't feel it is safe to put their joints through that.

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 Post subject: Re: Flyball?
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Thanks again Julie! Keep us up to date on how flyball trainig goes and I will do the same!

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