What is FLYBALL?

Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start / finish line. They run over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball. The dogs need to catch the ball, then run back over the jumps, to their handlers while carrying the ball.

Invented in California in the 1970s. The first flyball organization, the North American Flyball Association (NAFA) was created to design uniform competition rules and to promote the sport. In recent years a second for-profit organization, United Flyball League International (U-FLI) has emerged.

Flyball provides an entertaining and active way to interact with your dog and other dog lovers, in an environment that is fun and allows the dogs exercise and enjoyment. It is an especially great way to burn off the energy of dogs with a high drive to work, such as Border Collies and Terriers.

Available for all ages and breeds. A great part of flyball's popularity stems from the fact that it is an activity available to mixed-breed dogs, allowing rescued mutts to shine along side their purebred canine friends. A great way to bond with your pet.

Our Team
Our team - Thunder Paws Flyball is all about having fun with our dogs. Though we like to be competitive in our divisions, our dogs are our family members and it is their love of the sport that keep us going to tournaments year after year! Our philosophy is a tired dog is a good dog.

We welcome anyone to come to attend any of our weekly practices.  It is always free to watch and if you are interested in joining the team and start training your own dogs please contact us. We also invite you to download this training guide to learn about what you can start doing at home.

Foundations to Teach your Dog at Home