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Expert Flyball Training Series Vol 3: Building a Better Box Turn by Lee & Angie Heighton


Expert Flyball Training Series Vol 3: Building a Better Box Turn
Lee & Angie Heighton

The box turn has always been the most difficult part in training your Flyball dog. In Volume 3, "Building a Better Box Turn", Lee and Angie Heighton of the world famous Flyball team, Spring Loaded, demonstrate their step-by-step process that will allow you to train that perfect box turn.

In each phase you will learn how to properly train your Flyball dog, and be shown the most common mistakes that are made during the training process. Each step is also carefully explained so that you will be able to adjust the training to match your specific dog.

Learn the techniques that have created some of the fastest Flyball dogs in the world and up until now were only available by attending a Spring Loaded Seminar!



Lee and Angie Heighton helped form The Spring Loaded Flyball Team in October of 2001. Most of their team members have played flyball on one team or another before joining Spring Loaded. They competed in our first tournament in January of 2002 and took first place in Div. ONE and came away with a best time 16.56 seconds. Since then, they have continued to improve thanks to hard work, honesty, friendship, and team work!

They live in Casco, MI. Lee is a K-9 Officer for Port Huron Police Dept. Angie is the hospital administrator at the Animal Neurology and MRI Center,


Flyball is a team sport for dogs that was invented in California in the late 70's. Legend has it that Herbert Wagner first showed it on the Johnny Carson Show to millions of Americans. Soon afterwards dog trainers and dog clubs were making and using Flyball Boxes. In the early 80's the sport became so popular that the North American Flyball Association (NAFA) was formed and became the worldwide authority for Flyball. Flyball is a relay race with 4 dogs on a team. The course consists of a starting line, 4 hurdles spaced 10 feet apart and a box. The first hurdle is 6 feet from the start line and the box is 15 feet from the last hurdle for a 51 foot overall length.

The dogs jump the hurdles and steps on a spring loaded box that shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the tennis ball and then runs back over the 4 hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. The first team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat. Tournaments are usually organized in either a double elimination or round robin format. Double elimination is usually best of 3 or best of 5. Round robin is usually best 3 out of 5 and the first team to win 3 heats receives 1 point towards their standing in the tournament. The hurdles' height are dependent on the height of the dogs in the team -- 4" below the shoulder height of the shortest dog. 8" is the minimum height and 16" is the maximum height. Missed jumps, dropped balls, etc., require the dog to be rerun after the rest of its team has finished.

All dogs including mixed breeds are eligible to compete and earn titles in NAFAŽ sanctioned tournaments. Titles are earned by a point system based on the speed of the team running with your dog in the heats. All four dogs earn the same points per heat.


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