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).
…dogs that vault well but do not leap well do so because the vault is just a simple foundational leaping drill with concrete and easy to achieve criteria…
Cavalettis have been used to adjust horses strides for a long time. The Bent Cavaletti drill is about forcing collection and creating an angle for an interception…
Just like horses, dogs gallop and there are 2 kinds of gallops, probably a few more, but let’s just talk about two:
If you throw a lot of rollers, or you have a super drivey disc killer, or experience Premature Ejumpulation, you probably have a Head Down gallop going on. The Head Down gallop means they are running like hell! Most dogs cannot Lead Change or Collect when they are Head Down galloping. Just as a basketball player who is sprinting as fast as possible cannot Collect for a dunk dog’s can’t collect for a decent leap when they are sprinting as fast as they can with that Head Down gallop.
There is also a Heads Up gallop, still running, and perhaps a sprint, but not as fast as the dog can. For some people this Headss Up gallop only … Read More »
A few days ago we talked about leaping and front footed landings, an important and hot topic these days that drew out a great conversation. Here we are again discussing a couple of ideas that may or may not be on your radar, but rest assured they are both important… and soon to be quite hot.
Lead Changes and Collection
Hopefully by now you’ve done a bit of homework and started to observe your dog’s landing. Just taking a step back and watching, critically, will make you a better observer. As we move on to these next few concepts, continue to watch your dog, bot in person and when you watch dog sport video or see it in person, watch the dogs move.
What is a Lead Change?
The front leg of the dog that is reaching furthest forward when a dog is … Read More »
So the other day I was asked, ”How do I teach my dog to land on all four feet?”
This concept has been floating around the Disc Dog World for a little while and Iʼve not really blared my opinion on it, until today. See, the thing is, you don’t really want a four legged landing. Grab a milkbone and keep reading…
Most dogs jump for Frisbees because they missed. They have over pursued, ran past the target and make a last ditch effort to make the catch – they jump because they’re out of position and they’ve missed.
This drill combined with short toss and short to medium interception type catch drills can dramatically improve a dog’s patience…
Here’s Apryl & Kiva working on a zig zag for big leaping. Notice the intent that Apryl throws with…
Ron Watson offers some advice on leaping from the Facebook.