This is a demonstration of the The Pendulum is a disc dog freestyle pattern where the dog performs dueling Arounds to each Flank. These Arounds are performed off the cued Drop and on the run. After More, a disc dog pattern that helps teams develop a working flank, a key foundational element in the game of Dog Frisbee.
The Pendulum pattern is created using alternating clockwise and counter clockwise “Arounds”. This balanced approach slows The Dog is a player archetype defined by The Dog. There are always a few canine athletes that really separate themselves from the pack. Many great disc dog teams have More down and helps dog and handler hook up as a team on the Out to the side of the handler is the Flank. If the dog is out to the handler's right or left the dog is on Flank. If the dog is More (out to either side of the handler).
There are three levels of experience on this video:
0:12 – Ron & Si demonstrate a solid working Pendulum complete with big leaping catches.
0:57 – Georgios & Lupo demonstrate a Pendulum that is a work in progress for dialing timing and placement.
1:30 – Ron & Sydney put together a pendulum on the fly. This was Sydney’s first attempt at the Pendulum pattern.
Why a Pendulum?
The traditional disc dog pattern — An Around, or a Go Around is the traditional disc dog set up move. The dog goes around the handler’s body in a clockwise or counter clockwise fashion allowing dog More, run out in Front is a stable position directly in front of the handler. Front is an traditional obedience skill. Usually your dog sits in this position, but standing is often acceptable as More of me to catch and bring the disc back, quickly — primarily develops out of a Toss and Fetch and single disc foundation. This is a highly predictable pattern and it is a pattern that leaves the handler outside of the picture entirely after the go An Around, or a Go Around is the traditional disc dog set up move. The dog goes around the handler’s body in a clockwise or counter clockwise fashion allowing dog More part. Essentially the handler says,”Go Around,” and then the dog takes off to the Spot is a “go to a place”, or “go to a mat” behavior. This means that the dog seeks out and performs a duration behavior on a spot of the More where the disc is going to be.
The handler disappears as the dog is focused on getting to the spot where the catch is suppsed to happen or is hyper-focused on the disc. Either way, there’s not much teamwork going on after the Set Up Moves are tricks that are used to establish timing and position in disc dog freestyle. Traditional tricks include: Around, Through, Backwards Through, and Scoot, but any or all More, the handler is an afterthought.
When a handler sets the flank or works on the flank (throw out to the left or right side), the dog is engaged with both the handler and the disc. The handler remains in focus and is an integral part of the game. With the Pendulum, alternating flanks (clockwise and counterclockwise – left or right) the dog works in both directions in concert with the handler giving the team tons of flexibility and experience moving around the field.
Another benefit of the Pendulum is that it sets up interceptions. Intercepting targets instead of chasing them down forces the dog to create a plan to catch the disc with the handler’s input. This leads to better leaping performance.
How It Works
The Pendulum is rather simple, just send the dog around and toss a disc out to the other side of your body, toss it early to Drive is focus and energy applied towards work. There are many kinds of Drive: social drive, tracking drive, prey drive, bite/kill, stalking, and food to name a few. Social drive, More the dog to that spot. Once the dog has secured the disc, cue the Drop and send them around in the other direction, tossing the disc, again, out to the side. This is nothing more than Setting the Flank means to throw out to your right or left. It’s really simple, just face any direction, send the dog Around, and then turn and throw the disc More in both directions.
Once the dog is going in both directions fairly well, withhold the throw to the flank and Waiting 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 More, and like Si in the video, she will perform a small An Outrun is a term taken from the herding world and describes a pattern where a dog takes a rounded path to a distant target. Some dogs have a natural More due to the Reward History speaks to the amount and quality of reinforcement that has happened on a behavior in the past. Having a good Reward History on a behavior means that the More and The dog puts his face where the Cookie or the disc happens. Where you put the reward matters. Reward Placement is huge in disc dog freestyle. Your dog’s face will More from the Pendulum and then she will look at you,”Dude! Where’s the disc?”
Short 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 More the look if you want and deliver a leaping strike to the dog as she starts to drive across the field in front of you.