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Whats the deal with flyball

February 4th, 2007, 02:37 AM
Hey all I've gotten so much good feedback from everyone already 'im goin to continually abuse thos board whenever I have a (surely redundant) question.

In my last thread someone suggested flyball. I'm familiar with the sport but ive heard that it can damage the leg joints of the animals who do it.

secondly how/when do you get your dog involved in flyball. I'm from coquitlam B.C. Canada if anyone knows of anything local to me that would be cool..Thanks a lot

February 4th, 2007, 01:02 PM
I know a dog who's 12 and still playing flyball.

I started Willow at 9 months old. First lessons though were just recalls and such, she didn't start jumps until 10 months and they were short. We started box work at about 11 months.

February 4th, 2007, 01:14 PM
Just like in people sports animals need to be conditioned, the reason animals often have injuries even just in the yard is because they often are unsufficiently exercised, exercise builds stronger bones also develops muscles to help support joints, the reason physio-therapy includes exercise to help people recover from injuries faster than just lying around resting. Young retired racing greyhounds have farther less hip and knee problems that most average pet dogs of the similiar age unless they have had a an actual severe fall and even then they tend to bounce back far better, example Sunny about 8 months after shattering his hock on the track
Sunny has become very lazy over the last 4 years now that he is almost 9 he is really showing his age and is nowhere near as vital looking or as healthy as my bridge girl was at the same age, but she loved to run and remained very active she was still trying to outrun greyhound 3 and 4 times as young as her, her life was taken early by cancer

Most greyhounds will remain active and running up to 13 and 14 years old , when other comparable sized breed can barely walk.
Suzie at 20 years old was still walking but would get tired so had her own cart, but at 18 years old was still able to take short runs on the beach

Exercise and condition plays and important role on health and longevity, if you can keep them active they will remain both physically and mentally young longer

You might be able to find something close to you in this links, even if farther away contact them they may know of something closer to you or trainers that teach.