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Dog training club’s flyball team wins big at KUSA Nationals

According to BADTC, the race aimed to get the dogs to cross the finish line as close together as possible, ideally with a nose-to-nose cross.

The Birch Acres Dog Training Club’s (BADTC) FBI Flyball teams recently travelled to Cape Town to compete in the Kennel Union of Southern Africa’s National Flyball competition.

The team comprised third sub-teams, namely FBI Special Ops, FBI Bulletproof and FBI Access Denied, that competed in four competitions.

Texas owned by Christine Seller. Photo: Tam White

In flyball, two teams compete in a relay race with four handlers, four dogs, and a box loader who puts the tennis ball in the flyball box for each dog.

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The first dog on each team is released when the judge blows the whistle.

The dog must navigate four hurdles, set off the flyball box, which releases a tennis ball, grab the ball and make it back across the finish line and four hurdles.

Two dogs are released: the first is freed when it crosses the finish line. Dogs three and four are in the same boat.

According to BADTC, the race aimed to get the dogs to cross the finish line as close together as possible, ideally with a nose-to-nose cross.

The team that runs all four dogs in the fastest time and with the fewest faults is declared the winner of the heat.

The race format is either three or five heats or best of three or best of five heats to determine the winner of a race.

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The eight competing teams were divided into two divisions for the first time in the sport’s history.

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The team also won four fun awards, including the closest cross won by Natalie Rosner and Pace, the best rookie handler won by Mariska Els, and the best box turn won by Quade and owned by Liesl Twyman.

The award for best spirit went to Venita Prigge and Quinn.

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