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We didn't have any specific hunting or gun dog training in there this time but we had a lot of fun learning the beginning of Flyball with 6 year old Labrador Lucy. You have a head start if the dog already does a sight blind and loves to retrieve thrown or stationary objects. There are some serious differences from field training. It's all positive. I hesitated at first to move from field training to something crazy fun for the dog but after 4 weeks saw a change. There are practical field training elements to FlyBall

First of all we are taking a straight line to an object over 4 hurdles and back. The dog needs to take quick turn at the ball box. No shopping, hunting or skirting the hurdles. Pick up only the ball intended, ignore anything else including other dogs to get a reward, happy dog praise and a treat. How could this be bad for field retrieving?
It also instills the dogs attention on you as a handler. Everyone gets a little exercise and socializing. We'll grouse hunt until the end of the season but I think that cross training with Flyball could be a good bridge to field work next spring. Fly Ball activities are available in Anchorage and Wasilla. Check the Alaska Dog News Calendar to find the club near you.