Basic Position Drill – Warm Up and Focus
Alternate Between Clock & Counter Clock 3 times. That’s six catches and 3 of each flank. Work this drill 3 or 4 times to get standard Positions and team movement down, and then use it as your warmup or as a focus drill.
Be sure to play it perfect:
Remember that the 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 = wait. BFP = moving wait.
- Create the 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 with a good verbal cue followed by low-high toss.
- A nice Drop Cue with ther Basic 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 Pósiton as a cookie for the A cued Drop, or Drop for short, means that you tell your dog when to drop, purposefully, and upon your discretion. A cued Drop is a must in the game More.
- Match the hands cleanly in the 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 and transition from BFP to BSP.
- Switch feet appropriately and smoothly on 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 A Cross is an canine agility term that describes a change of working sides. Your dog moves from your left to your right (Heel to Side) or from Clock to More.
- Pull the dog into position with your switching feet.
Low High BSP Only
Throw 5-7 discs to the dog in alternating Basic Standing Positions (Clock then.Counter Clock. Step back between each rep to pull back into BSP and to facilitate the switching of the Flank via the handler’s feet.
3-5 reps (15-35 catches – less is more) is a session. Get 5 Sessions.
(No need to throw with both hands. Your strong hand is plenty. Example starts at 1m27s.)
Better be perfect, this is as simple as it gets:
Vertical is uncatchable and Horizontal is catchable.
- Simple does not mean Easy
- BSP Pose means Wait
- Switch feet and Flank as dog is catching
- Be sure Low High has Vertical to Horizontal Bounce
- A bounce is smooth, bouncy, and elastic.
- Things that stop moving don’t really bounce.
Pose Your Throws!
In all 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 and distance work, try to Posing is a communication tool for throwing discs to dogs (or people). A pose is a frozen moment of a throw; a key moment of the backswing perhaps, or a More your throws. Your dog watching your pose is what makes the throw happen. Get a good look from your dog and deliver a strike from your hand to your dog’s mouth.
(No need to throw with both hands. Your strong hand is plenty. Example starts at 1m53s)
It can’t be a pose if the dog doesn’t see it.
If the dog just goes, don’t throw.