The Box Turn

The “ideal” box turn is where the dog gets all four feet up high on the box and completes a swimmers turn while catching a tennis ball that is shooting out of the hole.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier catching the tennis ball out of the flyball box.

The front of the box is a pedal that triggers the release of a ball when hit. The dog's turn determines whether the ball goes in the right or left hole.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier starting his turn on the box after catching the tennis ball.

Ideally, the dog does a swimmers turn “on” the box after catching the ball. Some dogs, especially large ones, leave one foot on the ground to help them pivot around.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier springing off the box to return over the jumps.

Once the ball is caught, the dog springs off the box to help gain speed for the return over the jumps and back to his handler.

Box Turns at a Tournament

Video of a team of dogs as they approach the box to catch the ball during a competition in Novi, Michigan. January 2010.

Target Training

Puppy taught the box using a target.

Swimmers Turn

Puppy learning a swimmers turn on the box.

Introducing the Ball

Puppy learning to grab the ball off the ledge.