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.
Read your dog’s movements and pay attention to the kinds of patterns that develop during a freestyle routine and learn to use that information to enhance your team movement and create new patterns.
Because Discdogging is a complex game made of many behaviors: biting, dropping, chasing, catching, retrieving, establishing position, it is very important that our dogs have a clear understanding of their job.
Check out this Training Session! Kiva and Apryl work on going Big! Kiva is a 2 Year old Kelpie Border Collie X and he’s a mythical beast. Watch him and Apryl try to dial in some Big Vaults! Juicy and Ron work on a little reverse leg vault trying out some new cuing ideas.
Can you Drop something without it being held? Can you get Off of something without being On it in the first place? Can you do a Stay without the Release? These are Dog Training Kōans. Kōans are zen riddles meant to challenge understanding and offer profound wisdom. Now I’m not claiming to be a zen […]
Tugging is personal interaction between human and dog that increases drive and creates a spirit of sharing and teamwork. It has a host of other benefits…
We believe that a cuing a behavior is a much better fit for positive training and viewing our communication with our dogs as a cue instead of a command…
Apryl Lea, Ron & half the pack did a couple of shows at the Grand Rapids Kennel Club’s Dog Days at the Park Event at Riverside Park in GR. It’s always great to go out and show our stuff locally.
From August 26th-31st, 2009, Pawsitive Vybe will host the first Annual Pawsitive Vybe Disc Dog Camp – 5 days of disc dog seminars with Ron Watson and Apryl Lea and a contest on Sunday.