Clancy the blue heeler sprints over the hurdle to return the ball the hurdles to return the ball.trainer in  flyball.
Clancy the blue heeler sprints over the hurdle to return the ball the hurdles to return the ball.trainer in flyball.

Dogs jump to flyball sport

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

FOR the past four years flyball has played a huge part in the life of purebred Australian cattle dog Clancy.

The saying 'a man's best friend' certainly is true for local resident Paul Huggan who takes great pride in being part of flyball with his dog Clancy.

Flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs, the dogs race side by side and one dog from each team must go over four hurdles, trigger a flyball box pedal, catch a ball and then return it over all four hurdles where the next dog eagerly waits.

Local Paul Huggan is looking for those interested in training their dogs to be part of this spectacular sport.

'I have been doing flyball for the past eight years and four of those years my dog Clancy has been doing it,' he said.

Paul said he was a dog obedience instructor, and believed flyball was a great way to keep your dog fit, healthy and keep their brain functioning.

'It doesn't matter if your dog is big, small or medium, they can join,' he said.

'We will help you train them, so if you have an aggressive dog, we can train them not to be aggressive.

'We train them in a positive nature with food and toys rath- er than being aggressive with the dogs.

'So basically all I am saying is that if your dog is aggressive we can train them not to be.'

Paul said the only requirement was that the dogs were over 12 months to compete.

'This is not to say we can't train them beforehand, but they must be 12 months old to compete in any competitions,' he said.

'During that age we train them very lightly so we don't interrupt them growing.'

He said the group met regularly on a Sunday afternoon at Dennis Park, Boyne Island.

For more information phone Paul on 0417 771 101 or log onto www.flyball.org.au.



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