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A Ballistic Racers Flyball feature set to air Tuesday night, June 24th, at 10:30pm on #SDLive directly after Padres Live on FOX Sports San Diego.

#SDLive airs one show a week. The show continues to re-air throughout the week, so you have several chances to catch The Ballistic Racers Flyball feature! For example, the show will air Tuesday night but then again Wednesday morning at 11:00 am and 4:30 pm. It will also air over the weekend.

Normally #SDLive airs as scheduled, but during baseball season the shows tends to air an hour of so after schedule depending on how late the Padres game goes. Last week #SDLive aired at 11pm when it was scheduled for 10pm. For now, though, anticipate Tuesday 10:30pm, Wednesday 11am and 4:30pm.

Enjoy the show!

Brian and Joanne

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In Hurricane Utah on October 27th and 28th we had our best days ever. We came in 1st and 2nd place on that Saturday. Bullet Dogs came in first place with Zippy, Dylan, Herbie, Cody, Slash and Archer. Cyclones placed second with Vegas, Ryker, Chloe, Kirin, Molly and Pooky.

All the dogs got dressed up for the Halloween Costume Contest too. We had fun but didn’t win the contest this time. The winning dogs had some very elaborate and intricate costumes but our costumes weren’t bad for a last minute effort.

On Sunday, Bullet Dogs placed third. They were extremely close to second place, but were barely edged out. The most exciting fact though, was they broke our record again. Our previous 19.2 second record was broken with an 18.99 second run. It was the first time ever our team broke into the 18’s. Not only did we set a new record but we also had two perfect starts with Joanne and Mimi. Joanne had a perfect with Vegas and Mimi had a perfect start with Ryker.

We all had a great time, and realized the long drive was worth all our winning moments!

We only raced one day at Dogtoberfest in Ramona, Saturday October 6th, but it was one of our best days ever. Our Bullet Dog Team was on fire with Zippy, Dylan, Cody, Herbie, Slash and Archer.

Zippy!

Dylan!

Cody!

Herbie!

Slash!

Archer!

We were in preparation for our farthest trip ever to Hurricane Utah. We knew that the Utah tournament was only three weeks away, so we wanted to work out all the bugs.

The bugs were gone when Bullet Dogs came in First Place and broke our record with a 19.2 second run.

Indie says, “Go Ballistic!”

Our two other teams, Cyclones and the Jets, did very well too. Both The Cyclones and The Jets came in third place but were very close to second. As Amber K. put it, “We were smokin hot!” It was an outstanding day for Ballistic Racers with great wins, good food, and a new team record.

by Brian Matsumoto

Some flyball dogs are well suited for two or more sports, not just one. On our team alone, we have several dogs who do agility, lure coursing, and dock diving as well as flyball. The key issue here is to know the capability of your dog since every dog is different. Some canines adapt well to flyball, while others are great at agility. Still others have no problem doing both. Determine what sport your dog is good at, and then concentrate on that particular sport. Once your dog has some sports experience, you can move on to other sports. Your pet is smarter than you think. They will know the difference between the various sports and adjust to each venue. If your dog looks like he is not having fun, then he needs to try something else. Usually you can find a sport which suits your dog and you will like as well.
Our dog Zippy loves to play flyball and do agility. He is an excellent swimmer, and could probably do other dog sports if we had time. When doing multiple dog sports, it’s usually the handler’s availability which limits the number of sports the dog can do. Zippy lives for flyball and enjoys giving the opposing start dog a “run for his money”. In agility he anticipates the course and runs at full speed. You can see his enjoyment in the following Petco Commercial, as he leaps over the hurdles and whips through the weave poles. In agility he combines the speed and jumping ability he has learned in flyball with his natural ability to make sharp turns and quick decisions. Zippy loves the challenge and speed of both flyball and agility.

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Whatever sport or sports you choose, get out there with your dog and enjoy your time together. High energy dogs will find their own fun and it might be your sofa, cabinet door, or favorite recliner. Dog sports are some of the most rewarding fun you can have with your pooch so get started today!

When it comes to dog sports there’s nothing like Flyball. For one thing, no other dog sport involves teamwork like this sport. Yes, it is noisy and there is constant activity at practice and at the tournaments. The noise however, is the enjoyment that the dogs are having as they play this relay game.
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Flyball is a cross between drag racing and relay racing. The start dog and handler use a drag strip style light set up as a release mechanism. Dogs from the same team pass each other with split second precision. This doesn’t happen by accident, it is with countless hours of practice and expertise that this all takes place.
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One the best things about Flyball are that in a matter of months a handler and dog can be racing. This is not to say they are earning titles their first time out, but they are actively engaged in the sport and participating on a team early on. It does happen quite often however, when a first time participant will do well and earn a title. Not all dogs learn in a matter of months though. Some take a year or even longer but the fruits of their labor pay off big time.
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When you and your team are at the start line and the light turns green for the start dog to cross the line, everybody is cheering, yelling, and the adrenaline is really flowing. All the dogs are hyped up and so are the handlers.  It’s an unbelievable feeling which you just have to experience since a description of the situation doesn’t give it justice. Fortunately, there are other times in flyball racing where there is very little or no tension.

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One very nice aspect of Flyball is the camping portion of the sport. I know what you’re thinking. What does camping have to do with Flyball? At each tournament we have to set up a camp for our team. This is no small chore, especially since we spend two days at the site racing which is the entire weekend. As team captains, we have to stake out our claim usually a day in advance. Even when we race out of town we stake out our campsite the night before racing. Our camp consists of 7 to 10 canopies, a dozen chairs, a dozen dog crates and x-pens,  a couple of tables, twelve to twenty people, and 15 to 20 dogs. Oh yeah, I almost forgot about our most important item, the barbecue! So on tournament weekends when we race, we also barbecue, camp and have so much fun with our dogs and team members it’s hard to imagine.
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Believe it or not, the Flyball Team becomes part of your extended family. You spend a weekend every other month at a tournament and a least one day per week practicing with them.

In addition to this, we do demonstrations several times per year for public events and have an occasional get together such as our annual Christmas Party. The important part of this sport is that you and your dog spend quality time together, make new friends, and have a wonderful life doing something you and your pooch really like to do.
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…and remember not to party too hard!!

Here’s another great photo from our Flyball Team Christmas Party a few weeks ago at Miyabi’s in Encinitas.
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