Installment 3 of DiscDog Weekly Bite Club! Games are in the mix. A few jams with Apryl, Jack , and Ron… And 4 lessons on dropping, sequence building, and the Flatwork Compass for controlling and moving your disc dog.
DiscDogger Weekly disc dog webseries by Pawsitive Vybe Episode #2. Featuring Apryl Lea & Jack Fahle. Playlist includes 3 Lessons and 8 Jams
I think many disc dog freestylers, especially old schoolers and noobs are not overly interested in Frizgility because they don’t have the agility skills and/or don’t want to train and proof the agility skills. Some of us are not interested in creating a pattern with our dogs. But most all discdoggers have trained their dog to do an agility jump, or could very simply train this skill and the multi-tasking required to do something like a jump with a disc available is a terrific skill to have installed on your disc dog.
Back in the day there was this really cool disc dog freestyle show called Discdogger Weekly, produced by Josh Grenell, co-founder of the MN Disc Dog Club. Josh and I were kicking out a ton of great freestyle footage back in the day, and he was the first to come up with something that resembled a real show.
Last week while looking at my weekly output on YouTube and having shared every post on Discdogger FB Group, I thought I’d try to make a weekly show of it… I asked Josh if I could resurrect the show, and here we are.
Front Crosses, Foot Brushes, and Weightless throws were the focus of this flatwork jam. Getting a handle on delivering these creative tosses to a dog moving on the flank has been a tough prospect. Today’s session is about putting them into effect in flatwork and flow.
Alright! I’ve been working on a disc dog vaulting class. It is broken down into three modules: Tell > Trigger > Target. These three modules are the vaulting process or behavior chain in it’s simplest form. When vaulting we need to reliably:
Shapes are created by the position and movement of dog, handler, and disc. And shapes can be created by the dog, the handler, and the placement of the disc. Shapes are a fact of disc dog freestyle.
When the dog leaves the handler for a catch, that tends to create a line. When the dog is away from the handler and moves across the field to make a catch, as in a Zig Zag or Around the World, that tends to create a Shape.
Ron & Epic demonstrate moving flips on the flank: akaL Heli Flips. Clock and Counter, In and Out… Moving flips out of the Thru Set Up Move.
The Front Cross creates an understanding of Team Connectedness. It forces the team to get hooked up and connected and delivers an innate sense of working position.
Flatwork is the simple application of positional pressure and reward Placement. Expressing and executing that simple application to get the type of movement you want is anything but simple, but it is that easy.