North Shore Dog Training Club
Classes: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
Time: from 6.00pm
Pre-requisites: Good off-lead control & the love of a ball
Cost: Free to members
For dogs that love to run and retrieve balls
The sport of flygility has elements of both agility and flyball and is exclusive to New Zealand. It is a fast, exciting sport for dogs that love agility and to fetch balls. The dog is sent over a set of obstacles to fetch a ball from a flyball machine by triggering the mechanism with its paws to release the ball. The dog then returns the ball to the handler by taking the obstacles again. In flygility tournaments two dogs race one another in every run with the fastest going on to the next round. Courses are 30 metres from the startline to the box and there are several different levels of competition, starting with Elementary. In the lower levels only jumps and tunnels are used, whereas the highest levels can also have six weave poles.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested in this exciting activity, come along on one of the flygility training evenings on the second & fourth Wednesdays of each month starting at 6pm. Your dog needs to have good off-lead control around other excited dogs and has to love balls! Bring your dog, a flat collar, a good leash and a heap of tasty treats.
On the second Wednesday of the month we also run a course. The flygility and agility fraternities in New Zealand support a national competition organised by the National Agility Link Association (NALA). Each month, a section of the NALA magazine, sent to all its members, outlines the courses for that month and publishes the results of the previous month. Members from all over the country compete against each other at their own club, without having to travel! NSDTC members are encouraged to become NALA members to be eligible to run flygility LINK on the second Wednesday of the month. Setup of courses commences at 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start.
Anyone is free to come along and watch to find out more about this great fun dog sport.