Have some fun and teach new skills
Agility and Fetch in One
An online course to build up your skills
Flygility is a combination of Agility and Flyball. In this sport we ask our dogs to travel across a number of agility obstacles in order to retrieve a ball and bring it back over these obstacles. While we are not building up for competition here we are using this game as an opportunity to teach your dog a combination of different skills along with building up your own as a handler.
Not every dog will be motivated by the game itself so we will base our teaching off of motivators that your dog cares about. It can take years to build up a competition level dog for this or other sports to really build the motivation but we are here to have some fun. It certainly will not take so long to start seeing gains. We will break this progress down into two main subjects: reliable retrieval; and directed agility. We work on both separately for a while until we are at a stage when we can bring them together again.
A solid fetch is a very useful tool, first off, we can, obviously, use it to play fetch with our dogs. It can also be honed to teach your dog to retrieve specified objects such as their toys, your shoes or car keys, or even carry in the groceries. The most important thing about it is that your dog is eager and willing to play the game and also happy to give the object back to you at the other end. The last thing we want to build up is a dog that wants to play keep-away the whole time.
Thankfully this is a relatively easy behaviour to teach once you are consistent and willing to practice it.
We need to teach our dogs to reliably go over jumps. We do this a little differently than how we do so for agility classes. Here we need to be able to send our dogs out over different obstacles while we stay in one spot rather than go with our dogs.
To start with we use just one jump but build up you and your dog's skills with that one jump.
To achieve this we start to build up the fetch where your dog always retrieves from a particular structure. From there we add on retrieving around a blind corner.