June 16, 2006, Newsletter Issue #139: Flyball: Team sport for dogs

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If your dog is agile, consider Flyball, the team sport for dogs. In Flyball, dogs take part in a relay race, with four dogs to a team. The Flyball course consists of four hurdles and a spring-loaded box that shoots out a tennis ball. In Flyball, dogs jump the hurdles, catch a ball, and then jump back over the hurdles. As each Flyball team member crosses the starting line, the next one goes out. The first Flyball team to have all four dogs finish wins the heat. The current record for a Flyball team is about 15 seconds.

Flyball is regulated by the North American Flyball Association, which organizes tournaments around the country. There are also Flyball leagues in England, Belgium and Australia.

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