Teaching a Fakie With Bitework

A fakie is a reboundEssentially a flip off of a part of the handler's body, the Reverse Vault is a vault that stays on one side of the handler. If the dog starts the trick in front of the handler, it usually finishes in front of the handler.... More or flyball box turn off the handler.

Real simple here, guys. Use the target as a lure, preferably as reinforcement for eye contact or a stable position or wait.

The lure starts away from the body and close to the dog’s face and pulls up towards the body, away from the dog then pushes out and away leading the dog to look over their shoulder and vault off.

Sometimes as we can see from the video with Pan, the dog has a hard time releasing their attention to the target. If this happens all we need to do is to actually toss the target away from us a couple times so the dog follows the target and gets reinforced for completing the skill.

Once the dog is performing the skill well we can drop a cue on it. Here at PVybe we call it,”FakieAn athletic Set Up Move, the Fakie is a flip off of the handler's body (normally the chest) with no disc in flight or intended to be caught. It is usually named by the part of the body the dog flips from: Back Fakie, Hip Fakie, Foot Fakie. A Fakie is similar to a flyball box turn.... More.”


  1. Jason Rigler

    I remember watching Tony Hoard do these on Americas Got Talent. Like 5 in a row- super fast. Some of our dogs do this naturally so we attempt to capture it by putting a cue on it. We haven’t trained it but I’m sure we will one day. It’s a great performance skill, great for shows and stuff. You guys make it all look so easy 😉

  2. Marion Paulson

    Another great lesson! I used the barrel to learn the top, stall and rebound and Rayne has no problem nailing me *laugh*…But this lesson shows me how easy it can be with just learning the rebound, Thanks Ron

    1. Ron Watson Post author

      Thanks Marion,
      I felt kind of silly because it is really very simple and there’s not much ‘instruction’ going on. But just seeing how simple it is really is the lesson.
      Glad it was helpful.

      1. Bruno Icobet

        Hi Ron,

        It is simple because of Apryl 🙂
        I think the the dog have to have “low level foundation” with the ball/barell, or at least leg vault basics. And here I’m thinking specially at bigger dogs, high legged with a lot of power. My Ozz 59cm/22Kg need to understand first what I want and how to deal with this king of skill on ball exercise.
        Blue presented naturally but I had no chance to cue, every time I was unprepared. Now thanks to you and Apryl, I know what to ask and most important how to lure.

        my 2c

        1. Ron Watson Post author

          Yes, having the foundation is totally helpful, and that is the way we teach it most frequently. It is more safe and more likely to be successful.

  3. Jeff Insko

    This is a very instructional video. Just watching Apryl work on calling (owning?) the drop is very helpful to see. So thanks! But here’s my question: any tips/hints on working this with a much bigger dog like Sam? He’s got no trouble being on me (in fact, one of his specialties has long been launching himself into me for a body slam from a dead sprint– just for fun, I guess!). I’m not sure, for example, that we can do this from a kneeling position. There’s just not enough of me there for him– is there?

  4. Jeff Insko

    And one more thing: I can’t figure out why it’s called a “Fakie”…

    1. Ron Watson Post author


      You can stand up, Jeff. Any part of your body may be used as the rebound point as long as it offers good purchase for the dog’s trajectory. Some dogs come in real hard and will easily use a vertical surface, some not so hard and they will require a more horizontal surface. The line is set with the pulling in of the target – their feet should hit about 18″ below the target.

      It’s called a Fakie because it’s an empty trick. It’s a Fake reverse vault.

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