Flyball: Learning the Foundations
13-week virtual course hosted on Clean Run. Homework is provided every 2 weeks with a catch-up week at the end.

This course is ideal for learning the fundamentals of dog sports with a focus on beginner Flyball training. The behaviors you learn will transition seamlessly into the advanced mechanics required in executing a Flyball pattern. The lessons can be easily trained at home with minimal equipment. The work does not require a Flyball team or a Flyball box.


Focus areas include:

Tugging/toy play

Driving away from handler

Building work ethic

Retrieving an object

Targeting all feet

Recalling to you

Focusing around distractions

Controlling arousal

Committing to jumps

Controlling impulses

Hind end power

Developing body awareness


What is included with your Premier registration?

-6 units of study consisting of written lectures and video instruction with 12 weeks to complete them (a new unit is released every 2 weeks so you have time to work all of the exercises). A bonus 13th week is provided so you can do any catch-up work necessary.

-Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer

-Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training

-Ability to post questions about your dog as well as videos of your dog working (Premier students can submit 1-2 minutes of video per activity, not to exceed 15 minutes per unit.)

-Ability to participate in discussions and watch all posted videos

-Instructor feedback on video assignments

-Keep what you buy—No expiring content; after the course ends, you won't be able to ask questions, but the content is still available to you


Prerequisites

Best for dogs with little to no Flyball experience.

Dogs should be 4 months or older. For younger dogs that are not fully grown, please consult a veterinary professional to determine a safe jump height for your dog.


Equipment and Space Needed

-Jump that is 24-30" wide and 6-7" high

-18" x 24" target mat, black preferred (shelf liner is perfect)

-Tugs, treats, clicker

-Optional: 14" fitness/stability disc (larger breeds may require a larger disc size)

-Optional: Cato Board

Games require a maximum of 30 feet of indoor/outdoor space.

Flyball: Mastering The Pattern
A lifelong subscription hosted on Clean Run featuring the step-by-step guide on how to train Flyball. Complete with written and video instructions, the Premier Registration remains available for instructor feedback for an entire year.

This course is designed to start your Flyball training with the ball on the slant board/wall, set you up for transitioning to the box, detail how and when to add in jumps, and seamlessly add in racing and passing dogs. Going through this course will teach YOU how to see the perfect placements of props, striders, paws and train YOUR eye to make quick decisions in the moment to adjust your dog’s performance. By the completion of all exercises in this course your dog will be in a prime spot to debut confidently and safely. All lessons are available at once, making the course ideal for people who are stuck in their Flyball training as well as those who want to learn the full Flyball pattern, starting with the basics.


Focus areas include:

This first-of-its-kind Flyball course is designed to guide you on your Flyball journey from start to finish. Access to the instructor lasts an ENTIRE YEAR and Shelly is dedicated to helping you through any hurdles you encounter as you start and complete your dog's Flyball training. She has trained a large variety of breeds for Flyball and has 1.5 decades of experience to guide you through the training process.


All lessons are available at once, making the course ideal for people who are stuck in their Flyball training as well as those who want to learn the full Flyball pattern, starting with the basics. Shelly covers it all: starting with the ball on a slant/hit-it board, seamlessly transitioning to the box, becoming knowledgeable on when and where to add in jumps, racing, and passing. Learn to see the perfect placements for props, striders, and your and your dog's feet. Train your eye to make quick decisions in the moment to adjust your dog's performance. After completing all of the exercises, you and your dog will be primed to make your Flyball debut confidently and safely.


There are 20 exercises; 15 of which can be done on your own, and 5 that require additional helper dogs for racing and passing drills. Each exercise comes with written instructions and an informational video with different setups for team and home-school demonstrations. Total time to watch all the videos is just under 1.5 hours.


Note: Although not required, you will get the most out of this course working with a Flyball team or other Flyball participants at practices so that you have the opportunity to race and add distractions that simulate a tournament setting.


What is included with your Premier registration?

20 exercises consisting of written lectures and video instruction with 1 year to complete them

Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer

Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training

Ability to post questions about your dog as well as videos of your dog working (During the year, Premier students can submit 30 videos that are no more than 5 minutes each; additional video reviews can be purchased if necessary. These video reviews would normally cost $300+ on their own, without all the written information and videos included in this course. So the course is a great bargain.)

Ability to participate in discussions and watch all posted videos

Instructor feedback on video assignments

Keep what you buy—No expiring content; after the course ends, you won't be able to ask questions, but the content is still available to you


Prerequisites

-If your end goal is to teach your dog the Flyball pattern, this course is appropriate for you regardless of your level of experience.

-Dogs should be 10 months or older.


Equipment and Space Needed

-Slant Board (also known as a hit-it board)

-Flyball box

-4 jumps that are 24-30" wide and 6-7" high

-Optional: 18" x 24" target mat, black preferred (shelf liner is perfect)

-Dog's preferred ball (squishy, light pressure, tennis ball, etc.)

-Tugs, treats, clicker

The beginning of the course requires a minimum of 15 feet for boxwork. As the course progresses and exercises include jumps, you will require a minimum of 50 feet. The ending of the course with full run patterns will require a minimum of 80-90 feet for the 51 feet course and runback.

In Your Ear Session

Setup time with Shelly to virtually join your at-home or team training session. Shelly will join through any platform (facetime, hangouts, teams) and using Bluetooth (not required) and live video I can provide real time feedback and instructions to get the most out of your sessions in the moment.

Video Review (monthly)


Duration varies. $125 per month (please reach out for a group classroom team rate if interested)

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Send Shelly video of your dog at home, at team practices, or at tournaments for review on feedback and receive homework for next steps. Unlimited videos allowed in a month. Videos may be sent as raw file, google drive, or you tube to either messenger or email.

"Shelly coached me in how to train my young Flyball dog, from foundations to debut. Her attention to detail, specific feedback, and prompt responses were critical in allowing my dog to understand what was being asked of him every step of the way. We broke the training down and kept training sessions short – he had very few questions and progressed confidently. I started with virtual video reviews for foundations and then we added in Flyball classes, boot camp, and virtual and in-person team privates. Shelly's keen eye and coaching during team practices allowed for real-time feedback, ensuring our dogs-in-training were always set up for success. I thoroughly enjoy working with Shelly and am thrilled with the results. My dog’s skills are rock solid, his confidence is high, and he absolutely loves the game. As a Flyball team captain, I highly recommend Shelly’s Virtual Foundations course for dogs and handlers who are new to the sport. Shelly is a delight to work with and always gives her all."
- Teresa Pownall & Cabo, K9K Flyball Region 9