More than 1,000 dogs are set to invade Catton Hall, in Walton-on-Trent this weekend for the British Flyball Association outdoor championships, 2017.
The three day event will take place from Friday, August 18 until Sunday, August 20 with around 287 teams of dogs competing.
Flyball is a race between two teams of four dogs, who race side-by-side along a 51 foot track. Each dog must jump over a set of hurdles and press a trigger on the Flyball box at the end, which releases a ball, which the dog then carries back across the hurdles to allow for the next dog to go, in a relay style.
The first team to have all four dogs finish across the line without any errors wins. Usually the best of three runs decides which team proceeds to the next heat but five runs are also sometimes used.
Ahead of the event, Sharon Allcorn, chairman for the British Flyball Association, explained the day is not all about competition, but the fun of the sport as well.
Mrs Allcorn said: "The BFA outdoor championships is the biggest flyball event in Europe and brings the whole of the United Kingdom's flyball community together with an event that sees not only exciting racing in the rings but a lot of fun and camaraderie throughout the three days."
The dogs will compete in 48 separate divisions, which will lead up to Sunday when some of the country's fastest dogs will be competing for the division one trophy. Teams competing in each division is based on the speed which they ran in the previous tournament.
Flyball, as a sport, is suitable for almost any breed of dog, with concessions made for any smaller dogs such as the height of jumps lowered.
Throughout the year, flyball races are held across the country, but this national championships held at Catton Hall allows for the best to compete against the best on a national level.
The set up for the events began as early as Monday, August 14, as volunteers pitched marquees and set up the tracks, with dogs travelling from as far as Scotland and the Isle of Man to compete.
There are five different rings which the dogs can compete in and races will be running from 8.30am until around 5pm for all three days.
Anyone interested in finding out more about flyball or to find your nearest flyball club, visit www.flyball.org.uk.