Routine Building with Cookies

Manufacturing the Approach

The dog goes to where reinforcement happens, knowing this, to set a particular approach from a particular distance just toss a cookie out there. No sitting, no waiting, no frustration.

Waiting for Understanding

Make sure that to put a WaitWaiting on cue and situationally is extremely important for disc dog freestyle training. The competition field might not see too much waiting going on as everything is supposed to be happening in flow, but on the training field there probably is not a more important skill than a Wait. A Wait is critical for flipping and vaulting.... More between each element of the sequence. Don’t be afraid to mark and reinforce the Wait randomly to add more value and make it more likely to happen in the future.

Rewarding with Action

Keep in mind the Rewarding with Action concept. Reinforce AttentionUnsolicited eye contact or Attention is a great way to hook up with a dog. If you have something the dog wants he should give eye contact in order to get access to it. This quickly becomes akin to asking permission for things that the dog wants. If your dog offers Attention when they see something they want, most dog... More and toss a cookie to set an approach. The reorientation to the handler by the dog can be marked and reinforced with the cue for the first trick in the sequence.

Reward the first trick of the sequence with a cookie or a Wait cue. MarkShort for “Positive Marker”, a Mark is a word or signal given at the exact moment a desired behavior is performed. It’s like a clicker. Mark can also mean the act of marking behaviors. “Did you Mark that?” asks if the positive marker was given to tell the dog he was correct. When playing disc it is important to Mark... More the Wait and reinforce with the next trick or a cookie… etc. This can turn the idea of ‘Next’ into a cookie. Reward with Action well, your dog won’t have the time or opportunity to make mistakes.


  1. Susan Vrona

    Hi Ron,

    Ella got bit on the lip the other day, so no frisbee for a few days. So we started working “through, flip & over sequence” using cookies. Worked in some set up moves too.

    1. I see just from editing that I don’t put waits in between moves, even though I think I am, I’m not!
    2. My positioning is sloppy and I’m not expecting enough from Ella in terms of positioning either I think.
    3. I’m not waiting enough for Ella to hook up with me.
    4. Question: Is my cookie handling ‘too abundant’. I show her cookies instead of waiting the 10 minutes it would take her, a dog, to find the cookie!

    I’m a little embarrassed of this video, but I suppose it’s worth being seen in all our natural splendor. Sorry about the editing, my editing software has been bagging on me.

    Looking forward to your comments.

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