Training with Southern Cross
If you are interested in beginning Flyball training with Southern Cross, here is the information you will need:
When do we train?
We train on Thursday nights (weather permitting) with novice dogs starting at 7pm followed by team training for racing dogs at 8pm. We ask beginner handlers to arrive to help set up at 6:45 and racing handlers to help pack the runs up after training ends.
Beginner handlers are welcome to stay for team training to learn how to handle a racing dog in the ring and see how the teams work together.
Where do we train?
We train at the back of Fairfield Showgrounds on the Deer Bush Dog Training Club grounds. Entry is via Smithfield Road. If looking the location up on your GPS, the street address to look for is 443 Smithfield Road, Prairiewood.
How do I join?
We accept new members at each training session. Bring your dog along and fill in a membership form!
How old does my dog have to be to do Flyball?
Puppies can begin foundation training once they are fully vaccinated, however we do not begin jump or Flyball box work until they are mature. Dogs cannot compete in Flyball until they are over 12 months of age.
What breeds of dogs can do flyball?
Southern Cross welcomes all dogs, whether purebred or cross bred, big or small. Some breeds tend to be easier to work with than others, and some dogs may be faster but we believe that any dog can learn to do Flyball if they are physically capable.
Older dogs are also welcome – there are several Southern Cross dogs over the age of 10 who are still competing and quite a few who didn’t begin training in the sport until they were middle aged or older. Some competitions even include a veterans division for dogs over 7 years old.
What do I need to bring to training?
Though some of the SX racing dogs run in a specially designed Flyball harness or collar, beginner dogs only need a flat collar to begin their training in.
Handlers should also bring:
- A leash
- Lots of yummy treats in a treat pouch or bum bag (sausage, devon, chicken or chunkers work best) and/or
- A tug toy or other toy that your dog will work for
- A water bowl and
- Plastic bags to clean up after your dog.
Southern Cross does not allow check chains or correction collars to be used. Flyball is a fun sport and we train using positive methods.
Does training go ahead if it is raining?
No – because of the speed our dogs run, it is unsafe for us to train in the rain. A decision about whether training will go ahead or not is made by 5pm. If you are considering coming to training and the weather is questionable, please email Karen here.