Milwaukee Dog's Flyball is a division of the Milwaukee Dog Training Club (MDTC). MDTC offers beginning flyball class and has teams comprised of both mixed and purbred dogs. Our teams travel around the Midwest to compete in tournaments.
All members of our flyball team are also members of MDTX. The training requirements held by the club apply to its flyball division. Our flyball teams compete monthly (approximately) in both NAFA and U-FLI tournaments, and practice weekly at the indoor club building at 333 N. 25th Street (St Paul) in Milwaukee. We also do demonstrations for various community and dog-related events.
Our training is led by volunteer instructors with team captains chosen for each tournament. We offer beginning, intermediate and tournament-ready level training for all dogs and handlers that show enthusiasm for the exciting sport of flyball. Our main objective is to have fun while training our dogs and to enjoy and participate fully in the team aspect of the sport of flyball. Stop by any time to watch practice, meet the team and ask questions.
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"It Takes a Team to Play Flyball"
Learn more about our Flyball Team:
Current Active Team
Classes and Training
Flyball News and Events
Go to our Active Team page to [LEARN MORE] about each dog and their current titles.
What does that title mean?
LEARN MORE about Flyball titles each dog receives when racing in tournaments.
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Flyball Testing Day
Milwaukee Dog Training Club’s (MDTC) starts a new beginner flyball class every January or February. This class is limited to 10 dogs and open to MDTC current and prospective members. An Open House for flyball will be held on Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00 PM. Not sure what Flyball is all about? Come and watch us play. You will see that any breed or mix of dog can play Flyball. Please leave your dog at home for the open house.
The Testing Day for tryouts will be held Tuesday, January 26th at 8:00 PM.
Learn more [HERE].
Flyball skills such as the swimmer’s turn, go out to the box and the return are broken down into small steps which can be taught independent of one another. As the beginner dogs gains confidence in these skills they are slowly brought together to build a fast confident full flyball run. The dogs will also play games intended to increase drive, body awareness and to enhance their working relationship with their handler.
Most dogs will be ready to advance to the intermediate level of training after about 3 –6 months in this class. [MORE]
Dogs enrolled in MDTC Beginning Flyball Classes are typically ready to advance to the intermediate level after 3 – 6 months of training. Enrollment is open at any time for dogs with skills consistent with the learning objectives of our Beginning Class including dogs who have trained outside of MDTC. [MORE]
Team Training / Practice
MDTC’s competitive flyball team practices weekly and competes about once a month. Practices consist of working on improving dog/handler individual skills and practicing full line-ups in preparation for tournaments. Feel free to drop by during practice some time to learn more and see our dogs in action.
Both the Intermediate Class and Team Practice are held from 6:30 - 8:00 on Tuesdays. When a Beginning Class is not in session (approx. June – December) this session time extends to 9:00 p.m.
All flyball classes and practices take place at our indoor training facility.
New Club Record!
Milwaukee Dogs broke their fastest race time again this year for a Regular/Standard Team on September 23, 2012. The previous record of 17.852 seconds was broken with a new fastest recorded time of 17.350 seconds. Racing dogs were Jersey, Pepper, Sprout, and Charlotte. Congratulations Great Balls of Fur!!
See past Milwaukee Dog Club records for flyball HERE.
Milwaukee Dogs First Flyball Tournament Results
Saturday, July 28, 2012 in New Berlin, WI. See results HERE.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 in New Berlin, WI. See results HERE.
September 22-23, 2012 in Henry, IL.
See results HERE.
See title results HERE.
Milwaukee Dogs Make a Good Showing in the UP’s First Flyball Tournament held July 2013.
Two teams, High Velocity from Minnesota and Rude Dogs from Michigan came together to host Michigan’s Upper Peninsula’s first ever Flyball tournament, a fund raiser for local shelters.
With our height dog on injured reserve due to a recent unplanned surgery the team had to make some last minute line-up changes and jump full height (12”) but our “big” dogs showed them what they are made of.
On Saturday the team placed 2nd in Division 3 with a fastest time for the day of 19.843 seconds. On Sunday they stepped up to take 1st place with a fastest time for the day of 20.3 seconds.
The racing dogs included Rhys – Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle), Edge – Golden Retriever (Owned by Marnie Hammerle , Handled by Sarah Willems), Ruby – Doberman Pincher (Dawn Butler), Daisy – English Setter (Nan Resch) and Deuce – Border Collie (Owned by Marnie Hammerle , Handled by Bryce Willems on Saturday).
Practicing in his very first tournament was Gunner – German Wirehaired Pointer (Nan Resch). Our boxloader was Karen Michalski.
We also owe a big thank you to Bryce Willems, Teri Resch and Bubba Butler for their dedicated assistance running the team all weekend.
What Is Flyball?
Flyball is a sport for all dogs, as any breeds (including mixes) are welcome. Size simply doesn't matter, although small dogs are highly desired!
Great Flyball Clips from U-FLI National 2011
North American Flyball Association (NAFA) The oldest and most established flyball association in North America, NAFA boasts over 400 active clubs. NAFA sets the standards for Flyball competition throughout the world.
U-FLI The United Flyball League International is also a major flyball sanctioning organization in the US. Founded in 2004, U-FLI focuses on maintaining the fun, family-friendly atmosphere of the dog sport of flyball.
For more information on the sport of flyball check out the following websites: