Flyball training at home
For the most parts, my dogs have just always been pets, but now I find myself with 4 Min Pins that seem to get bored easily. We live in rural western Montana, and we're trying to figure out things to do with them. My wife has seen little bits of flyball on TV and I've caught a few bits myself. I contacted the regional rep. of the flyball organization, but that person is up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and said we're welcome to come up to some seminars, but they know of nobody in Montana that does it. As far as training dogs for specific things, I've trained my last rottie to be a therapy dog and get approved to visit nursing homes with my ex-wife who was a nurse, which was easy, get him to sit and accept attention, which he loved anyway, so it was easy (okay, not totally easy, but a lot easier than getting a dog to do agility or anything like that.)
I love the idea of getting all these dogs to do something that we can enjoy with them, but being in such a rural area, where do we start? We like flyball because all 4 min pins have a major ball drive, you throw it, they get it, but, on the other hand, they all fight over getting it, and I believe patience is a big part of flyball. Also, we have a Rottie with the biggest ball drive of all, and I'm sure he'd love it too. All of the Min Pins have springs in their legs, so the hurdles wouldn't be a problem, and since the handicap is the smallest dog on the team, I don't think the Rottie would have a problem, unless he couldn't see the jumps and stepped on them...lol.
Anyway, some guidance would be appreciated where professional training is not an option, and where actual competition probably isn't an option either. It's more or less just a way for us to spend time with our children and give them and us something to occupy our time.