Work Both Directions
Be sure to add both the clockwise and counter clockwise variants of each set up move. You will want and need this flexibility to take full advantage of the handler’s, the dog’ s, and the team’s skills.
Read the Releases of Your Set Up Moves
Each of your 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 has a release. At the finish of your A Set Up Move is used to create timing and position on the fly in disc dog freestyle. Dog and handler often need to switch sides or get a rolling More, the dog will be in a reliable position moving in a reliable direction.
While you are playing, bookmark and take note of where your Set Up Moves release. Knowing where they release will be key intelligence for advanced sequence building.
Cue Wait While… or Mark with Wait
Be sure to offer your verbal 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 Cue as the dog is doing the set up move. Cuing wait while the trick is happening creates a release that is designed to Wait.
Most of our team’s natural releases are to motion, so the dog will wind up several yards away, looking in awkwardly, perhaps running sideways even…
If the dog gets the wait cue while the trick is happening then the dog resolves the trick for the Wait and creates a stable release that easily hooks up with a 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 in BSP…
Another way to think about this is to mark the Set Up Move with a Wait Cue.
The Give is a retrieve to the hand. A cued Give is a foundational skill that is not super useful in the actual performance of disc dog freestyle, and has More Fancy a shot. Read the release of your A Through is a set up move where the dog runs between the handler’s legs. The dog can move from front to back or side to side and can even More. Intercept that release with the If your dog moves through your legs from back to front, that is a backwards Through. The Backwards Through usually sets up in one of two ways depending on where More skill.
Shape the Release with a Bite
If your dog insists on some irrational movement at the end of your set up move, just mark the Set Up Move and reinforce with a bite on the disc where you would like the dog to be.