Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne And Wear
The fastest growing dog sport in the country - Flyball is a fun, active and social sport for you and your dog.
Reiver Rebels are a British Flyball Association registered team training at Quarries Lane, Blaydon Bank, Blaydon, NE21 4BW. We welcome any new members who are interested in training their dogs, be it for competition or just for fun. (Six week beginners courses £35)
Flyball is great fun; the dogs and handlers love it. Flyball is a fun sport for your dog, any dog any age any size, if your dog is fit enough it can play Flyball. Owners of any age and size can also take part - you will also find you will get fitter too! No experience is necessary!
A real pre-requisite is enjoying being with and learning with your dog. A good sense of humour helps, especially in the early days. Dogs should have a good recall and enjoy playing with tennis balls.
Flyball is a team sport, basically a relay race with 4 dogs and their owners/handlers in each team for that heat. The dogs race against a team in another lane over 4 hurdles, retrieve the ball from a box and return it to the handler; the next dog does the same and so on until all 4 dogs have run.
The winning team is the first to get all 4 dogs over the line without any faults.
Good training is the essence of the sport - it may look fast and frantic, but all dogs competing have had a lot of time dedicated to their training so that the sport is not only enjoyable for dogs and handlers but also safe for all, allowing the dogs to compete for many years.