Dogs Go Wild For Flyball

Monday, March 31st 2008, 5:54 pm
By: News On 6

Flyball is fast-paced. Two four-dog teams run against each other.

"Z! is a Parsons Russell Terrier," said Dogs Gone Wild flyball participant Carol West. "She is very high energy, always playing, always going, always wanting attention, chase a ball, chase a cat, anything she can do to entertain herself. She sets the jump height at six inches, she's what we call a height dog. The teams run over jumps set by the height of the smallest dog at the withers."

"When they get into flyball and they know their fixing to run, all the dogs are barking and they're all hyped-up, it's crazy," said Paula Stay.

Carol West agrees.

"Oh very excited, she started screaming when we turned the corner to come down here. She knows where she's going,' said West.

"They have to go over the hurdles and hit the box, the ball pops out and they come back down. They have to pass another dog nose to nose as fast as they can. They can bobble the ball down at the box; they have all that to worry about at the same time as having all the dogs racing," said Stay.

Flyball is perfect for high energy dogs like Z!

"You have to keep a Jack Russell occupied," said Stay. "Otherwise they'll be at home destroying something."

This year Dogs Gone Wild will host their first tournament in Tulsa, OK on April 5-6 2008. For more information check the Dogs Gone Wild website.

By Chris Howell, Video Journalist. Find more of his stories in our Web Exclusives section.