Identify Your Dog’s Strong Flank
Which direction does your dog prefer to run. Not many dogs are truly balanced.
Dog peels off on the Weak Flank and marches forward on the Strong Flank
- If the dog catches and continues moving in line after the catch, that is most likely the strong flank.
- If the dog peels off and switches direction after the catch, that is most likely the weak flank.
- Obstacles or barriers on or near the field exert pressure and may alter your dog’s line.
- Be sure to leverage your dog’s strong flank.
- Clock throws go clock, and counter throws go counter.
Read the Release
After a catch, read your dog’s release on both the Strong and The Weak Flank is the flank that the dog does not prefer to run. Most dogs are unbalanced and prefer to move in either a clockwise or counter clockwise fashion.The More. You should be able to get a good understanding of how and where your dog will move on each flank. This will allow you to intercept and influence your dog’s flanking movements.
If the dog peels off the handler marches. If the dog marches on, the handler peels off.
- Figure out which way the dog will release after catch.
- If the dog peels off, march to where the dog will be and show a Basic Flatwork Position (BFP) is a standard position of the handler in the Working Flank; hand reaching out towards the dog (usually with a disc) with the dog on the More (BFP) in the direction of the dog’s release.
- Use a On a Front Cross, your dog switches Flanks in with you in front of them. From Clock to Counter Clockwise Flank or vice versa. Taken directly from the canine agility More (switch BFP) to trigger action on the run, set the working line, and/or to lock down BSP (Standing in front of the dog with the disc held vertically in the throwing hand is Basic Standing Position (BSP), a foundational position in the Yachi Method. More).
- Throw and MOVE!!! 5-12 yards can be easily covered before the catch if you don’t gawk at your dog.
Throw on Flank vs Setting the Flank
All throws out to the side are not equal. 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; chucking a disc out to the side, will create a linear approach.
Throwing 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 is different. It is hitting the dog on an established arc. This concept goes beyond the scope of this class and is covered in Flatwork is the stuff that happens between the catches. How the team moves and transitions, often without the disc, is flatwork. Flatwork concepts in disc dog are taken from the More. Throwing on the Flank will maintain the arcing pattern and allow the team to hook up as illustrated throughout class.
Dynamic Pendulum Pattern
Moving on 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 flatwork pattern is an amazing way to familiarize yourself with Strong and Weak Flank team movement and sequencing.
After each throw, simply follow the dog and cheat towards the release point of the flank.
A Pendulum is alternating working flanks with throws. Clockwise Flank (or Go Around) and then a Counter Clock Flank.
- Work off the Drop
- Declare Working Direction early (BFP or handler’s feet)
- Plan to Move on the throw.
- Clock throws go clock, counter throws go counter.