Management is a tough skill for all discdoggers. It usually gets better with experience, but the time required to get that experience can be drastically reduced by understanding a few simple principles.
This is a response to a post in a discussion on K9Athlete.com I know this is an older thread. The funny part is I have instructed folks on the retrieve and trained successfully four of my own dogs to do it….then I got Zeke. He will be great at freestyle, he will drop the disc as […]
Class Recap What great dogs we got! We’re in pretty tight confines here and we’ve got some young dogs… things are going well though… The spot training is definitely working out to our advantage. Had a bit of an exciting entry for our convalescing Pit Bull. Emma’s on fire coming in to class… i look […]
Seminar Notes Pawsitively Pawsitive is nice and cozy. The floor’s a little small for disc dogging stuff, but totally safe and the tight confines gave us all challenges and benefits. Warmup and Eval We started with a little throwing warmup and moved right into the eval jam. Pretty much everybody struggled with keeping discs inside […]
The dogs did much better getting focused and getting to work quickly. The free shaped table on entry is proving to be a valuable asset to the class. The dogs should have a different idea about entering our training studio and the tone is appropriately set for work and success. A station for backing up […]
Team Ransom – Cavalier Team Irie – Aussie Team Emma – Pit Team Kaia – Golden Team Onyx – Aussie Young excitable dogs. Just let Emma storm the room to avoid extended mass anxiety. Worked backing up withe Rear Foot Targeting using reward placement between the heels to ensure backing up behavior happens readily. Added […]
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Note: in the video linked above, LaVerne demonstrates this exercise at 15:14 and 23:16 Freeshaped Multiple Target Targeting is a training exercise that we do with nearly all of our clients who take personal lessons from us. It is a great learning opportunity for both dog and handler and really does a great job of […]
What if it’s not the failure of the dog to generalize the skill but the failure of the handler to teach the root concept of the skill in the first place? What if we as dog trainers are more often than not fostering a contextual understanding of behavior instead of a conceptual one?
Toss and Fetch, Single Disc, Mini-Distance, Throw and Catch, whatever you want to call it, the timed distance game with 1 disc, while an interesting event, is no way to introduce players to the sport of canine disc.