Frisbee and Flyball are two of the most popular sports for dogs, both for fun at home and training for competitions. This article gives you all you need to know about both sports.
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Frisbee is a competitive sport, but the main purpose is just to have fun. Frisbee is open to all breeds, but the most popular are the Border Collie and the Australian Shepherd. Frisbee dogs need natural athleticism and energy to be able to compete in the high levels. In freestyle, the dogs are marked on things such as leaping ability and execution. In single disc competition, dogs need to catch a certain number of discs at a certain distance in a certain amount of time.
There are different levels of Frisbee competition, and a World Championship is held each year. Frisbee is a great way to have fun with your dog and meet new people at the same time. An advantage of Frisbee is that you don’t need all the equipment to practice like you do in agility and flyball, all you need is a good frisbee and an eager dog. Read on for the IDDHA Titling rules:
The BDD Title is awarded to a dog that demonstrates a consistent ability to catch and return a single disc. The title also signifies a handler’s ability to manage a highly driven dog off-leash and to throw a disc competently under various conditions.
The purpose of this title is to recognize dog/handler teams that show improvement in both the number and length of catches made with a single disc.
The purpose of this title is to recognize dog/handler teams that have demonstrated versatility in the sport. The first part of this title involves single disc events and the second part involves freestyle. Refer to Freestyle Judging Criteria and Score Sheet.
This title serves as an intermediate test for handlers interested in Freestyle. This title is designed to be administered in a clinic environment. The purpose is to emphasize the development of the skills needed to compete in Freestyle events.
This category of titling recognizes dog/handler teams that reach a high level of freestyle proficiency in competition. Teams must request consideration for DDX titling prior to exhibition.
Flyball is a fast-growing sport open to all dogs. Any dog, mixed or pure breed, can be good at flyball. If you have a ball-crazy dog, this sport may be perfect for you! In flyball, there are two teams each made up of 4 dogs, and each with 4 jumps spaced an equal distance apart. The jumps are set 4 inches lower than the shoulder height of the smallest dog on the team. The minimum height of the jumps is 8 inches and the maximum is 16 inches.
Like a relay race, the dogs run one at a time down their line of jumps, hits a box which launches a tennis ball which the dog must catch, turn around, come back over the jumps, and cross the start/finish line. Then the next dog goes. The team that wins is the one who is finished first unless there is a penalty like a bad start (the next dog starts too early), the dog misses a jump, etc. The main purpose of flyball is just to have fun, and it’s a great way to use up some of your dog’s energy!
In order to get titles, dogs have to earn a certain number of points. These points are based on the team’s time. If the team’s time is less than 32 seconds, each dog earns 1 point. If the team’s time is less than 28 seconds each dog earns 5 points. If the team’s time is less than 24 seconds, each dog earns 25 points.
Flyball Dog (FD)
Flyball Dog Excellent (FDX)
Flyball Dog Champion (FDCh)
Flyball Master (FM)
5 000 points
Flyball Master Excellent (FMX)
10 000 points
Flyball Master Champion (FMCh)
15 000 points
ONYX Award (ONYX)
20 000 points
Flyball Grand Champion (FGCh)
30 000 points
When not writing about himself in the third person, Andy spends many an hour walking his mischievous, mixed breed rescue Mr Wox, aka Soxy Woxy. A leading authority on all dog-related topics, Andy is highly respected, deeply appreciated and widely admired.