[AU-071] Flyball: Learning the Foundations

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

Additional Course Details

  • Faculty:
    • Shelly Switick
  • Dates:
    • Course starts on July 9, 2024.
      • Unit 1 – July 9
      • Unit 2 – July 23
      • Unit 3 – August 6
      • Unit 4 – August 20
      • Unit 5 – Sept 3
      • Unit 6 – Sept 17
      • End Date: Oct 8
    • Registration opens on Saturday, June 1 @ 11 am Eastern
    • Registration closes for Working Spots July 22, 2024. Auditing remains open.
    • Course material access never expires.
  • Level:
    • This course is perfect for pups aged 5 months and older. For younger dogs that are not fully grown, please consult a veterinary professional to determine a safe jump height for your dog.
  • Course Structure:
    • Over 6 Units. Each exercise has:
      • Demo video
      • Written description
      • Downloadable PDFs
  • Equipment needed (working participants only):
    • 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
  • Space required (working participants only):
    • Games require a maximum of 30 feet of indoor/outdoor space.

Registration opens on Saturday, June 1 @ 11 am Eastern

Course Information

Estimated Time: 6 units, 2 weeks between each release, with a week of catch up at the end.

Difficulty: Puppy

Course Instructor

Shelly Switick Shelly Switick Instructor

Auditing Spot


Can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students, will get instructor answers to course-specific questions posted, can actively participate in class forum, chat and office hours.

Working Spot


Posts responses to written assignments, posts videos of sequences, gets instructor feedback to all of these as well as answers to any questions posted, can actively participate in the forum, chat and office hours.