Posing and the Flank The standard disc dog pose in Front position – disc held vertical in the throwing hand – is common to almost all disc dog freestylers. In the Yachi Method (YM), this pose is called Basic Standing Position, BSP for short. This position has a lot of power, and in YM, it […]
Giz Gaz Warmup A Giz Gaz is kind of the anti-Zig Zag. The Zig Zag features a sharp, aggressive reorientation to the disc, most always towards the handler. The Giz Gaz is a Rear Cross in both directions with a Working Flank in between. The dog works the flank with then peels off, turning away […]
Warmup A flip in each direction followed by some well posed or overly dramatic throws, take your pick… A Pose is a telegraphing of the throw that is read by the dog via body position and a moment of pause or deliberation that resembles the throwing motion and triggers the throwing action. The dog learns the […]
At the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) at UpDIF this year, Apryl & I swept the top 4 spots. That didn’t happen because we had better routines or performed better, per se, it happened because we knew how to move our dogs around the field with purpose and set every sequence up for success with the […]
Ron & Loot work a Jam in a Flash sequence requested by a Disc Dog Jamming Class member. It is not very impressive, many Flash Jams are not impressive, but there is usually a lesson in there… Plenty of lessons to be had here in this seque
The Repeating Rear Cross is a flatwork pattern for training and performance. It allows dog and handler to move around the field as a team connecting on well timed and placed creative throws that end in leaping catches. The Rear Cross has the dog changing the working side by turning away from the handler. For Big […]
Ron & Loot work on a pretty wicked Around the World
Ron Watson & Loot use Oppositional Feeding to create a flip for a disc at 5-10 yards. Get the theory and practice behind this skill…
Vault to Flank Setting the Flank after a Vault or Over is a really simple task. All you have to do is turn in the direction the dog releases to after the catch. Lift the hand closest to the dog and you are on Flank.
Any place out to your left or right side, further than Heel or Side position, that area is your Flank. When your dog is out there to your side a ways and you are working and moving together, that is what we call Working the Flank. It means you and your dog are hooked up and are performing team movement.
Ron & Leilani, 12 year old Border Collie, do some Frisbee Dog Flatwork focusing on the Rear Cross and good work on the Flank.
Ron Watson gives Loot, 15 month old Border Collie rescue, an introduction to disc dog Flatwork.
A handy list of Disc Dog Flatwork and Routine terms.
The Pendulum pattern is created using alternating clockwise and counter clockwise “Arounds”. This balanced approach slows the dog down and helps dog and handler hook up as a team on the flank (out to either side of the handler).
We like to use Oppositional Feeding with many Drop issues with high drive dogs. In the case of a late Drop or a dog that habitually retrieves, the reward placement of Oppositional Feeding creates a competing interest and gives the dog a reason to be “out there” instead of racing back to the handler.
Laura starts out by freeshaping the Drop and adjusting her position so Lakota doesn’t get to drop discs in front of her at her feet. Once the Drop is freed up a bit, Laura shifts gears and uses a Prompt Switch to get the drop happening right after the cue is given. This creates a pattern of the dog dropping away from the handler.
Video Assessment with Jack & Groovy. Touches on the balance point of herding dogs and on the drive to repeat comfortable patterns by the dog (and the handler). There is also some great disc placement in this piece.
Pressure generated by dogs with lots of drive can be reduced by using Oppositional Feeding. It is a great tool for slowing dogs down and reducing their speed on retrieve.