Reading the disc is a skill that astute dogs and humans pick up rather quickly. The float, the spin, and the speed can reliably be gauged and predicted after several reps. Of course this changes with wind, disc choice, and throwing ability but, generally speaking, the flight path of a disc is easily predicted.
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Marty and Apryl have a sweet back stall. He’s got a great sit pretty, and he switches sides fairly reliably while in a stall in super cute fashion. It’s not quite finished, though.
If you have tried to teach Sit Pretty in a back stall, you might know what I’m talking about… Not at all an easy skill.
Patron’s Only Sneak Peek… Public Access Jan 28th
You cannot be precise nor accurate unless you have a defined target. “Out There. Somewhere…” is not a clearly defined target.
The moment one clearly identifies a discreet target and intends to hit it, precision and accuracy jump up; by definition. Simply defining a target creates and reinforces precision and accuracy.
Patron’s Only Sneak Peek… Public Access Jan 22 | This conflation between the Fakie and the Rebound is a big issue in teaching and performing the Rebound or Reverse Vault. Many people teaching disc dog freestyle have unintentionally fed this problem by not attending to the distinction between the two and by misapplying our Vault Discrimination foundation in their teachings.
Patrons Only Sneak Peek… Public Access Jan 11th | Get Out and Look Here are both starkly contrasted with GO!. When the handler says,”Go!” the dog should believe the handler and go in the intended direction.
A Go cue is rather simply conditioned. Just say Go and throw – really far. Putting the dog consistently late to the play will cultivate a desire to leave the handler entirely and move in the likely direction of the catch.
Patrons Only Sneak Peek… Public Access Jan 10 | Contracting the Flank reduces the lateral outrun of dogs and tightens up the around movement. It is a simple operation at heart – just send the dog around and do nothing — don’t throw.
Patrons Only Sneak Peek… Public Access Jan 10 | Where, when, and how the disc is placed while Expanding the Flank depends greatly on what the handler wants to do with it. There is a difference between Setting the Flan and Throwing on Flank.
Patrons Only Sneak Peek Access… Public Jan 9 | How does your dog perform the Around? It it tight as a drum with the dog hugging your knee-pit and brushing your calf? Or is it real loose with the dog running down the throwing line before turning upfield? Does the dog go around and bolt downfield without a look back? Or is your dog Goldilocks, a just right distance with a look to the handler to see the release?
All go Around behaviors are not equal. There are situations where each of these types of Go Around set up moves are required or desired.
The handler’s way of things impacts the dog and the team. When something goes weird with position, set up, or even disc handling by the dog, look at yourself before looking to the dog, the disc, or the environment.