Flygility is a less well known version of Flyball. Flygility courses consist of jumps, ramps, tunnels, weave poles, and changes of direction. The dog negotiates the course on its own while the handler remains on the start line. At the end of the course, the dog hits a pedal on the Flyball box, releasing a ball and returning with it back through the course to the handler.
In a tournament, two dogs race side-by-side over identical courses, and the winner is the first dog to complete the course correctly in both directions and bring the ball back across the line. The winners of each race continue to compete in a knockout competition until an overall winner is left.
Winning races gains a dog points. Points earn a dog a series of Flygility titles, but also determine which grade it competes in. With each grade, the course becomes more difficult, starting with a straight line of jumps and tunnels, then graduating to more obstacles and more changes of direction.
Flygility is a fast, exciting sport and dogs love it, especially if they are obsessed with balls. Many dogs particularly relish racing an opponent. It is also great fun to watch - cliff-hanger finishes and last minute upsets are common.
When: Thursday evenings (offsite location) - summer
Tuesday evenings (Otago Equestrian Centre) - winter
How Much: $8 per session, membership required after completion of Foundation course ($50 per year or pro-rata rate for new members)
Non-members add $20 to course fee.
Enrolment: Required. Dogs must not show aggression to others. Most dogs will benefit from completing Canine Companion 1 before attending to gain some experience and focus, but this is not essential. Puppies must have completed all vaccinations. Please contact us to enquire further.
Note: Flygility is a high-intensity, high-impact sport. To protect growing joints, training is limited
for dogs under the age of 18 months. Under 12 months - no jumping, weaving or high ramps,
12 - 18 months these activities are restricted. OCTC reserves the right to remove any dog
from classes if its well being is likely to be compromised.