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Photograph by Ray Lundrigan
Photograph by Paul Linnerud
Photograph by Ray Lundrigan

Visit and Meet Us

Portland Tail Blazers Flyball Club holds beginning classes and team practice on Sunday afternoons. We invite you and your dog to visit us, to decide if joining a flyball team might be fun. There is no charge for this visit. 


Contact to schedule a visit.

Beginning Flyball Classes

Dogs start when we have an open spot in class. At times, we have a wait list for prospective students. Our classes are held at Dog Days Dog Training in Vancouver WA on Sunday afternoons. The beginning class costs $120 for six sessions. Overall time for a dog learning the basic skills of flyball varies, but generally several six-session blocks of class are needed.



Our training introduces handling and foundation skills for flyball dogs. We will cover motivation and rewarding your dog, focus with distractions, dog body awareness, conditioning, flyball flat work, foundation jump work, and flyball participation requirements. Our training is suitable for puppies and adults. It is our overall goal to train dogs and their handlers to recruit for membership in the Portland Tail Blazers, to continue training and participate in tournaments and other team activities.



Flyball is not suitable for dogs with significant aggression toward dogs or humans, or fear of dogs or humans, for dogs with serious sound phobias, for significantly overweight dogs, or for dogs with certain veterinary/ orthopedic issues (feel free to email us to see if your dog is a good candidate, if you aren't sure).


Get a Head Start on Flyball Skills:

Dogs who will retrieve balls to handler have an obvious advantage in this sport, especially if they know how to bring back a "dead" ball on command.  If they are happy exchanging that ball for a toy reward, such as a tug or disc, all the better. We also need the dog to have a Really Reliable Recall before they can race. And it's helpful if your dog is comfortable being handled by other people, since we need to restrain and position them for training. However, all of these can be taught in class, too.