This sequence was inspired by a fellow jammer’s fun video on FB. I thought the sequence was a On a Rear Cross, the dog switches Flanks with the behind her. From clock to counter clockwise Flank or vice versa. Taken directly from the canine agility world, the Rear More to An athletic Set Up Move, the Fakie is a flip off of the handler's body (normally the chest) with no disc in flight or intended to be caught. It is More or The Jakie is a trick where the dog intercepts the disc on the way to the handler's body and then uses the handler's body to safely and stylishly flip to More, which I really liked, but it was simply her dog bum-rushing her. The whole situation is interesting, and inspired not only a super cool trick, but my coverage of this topic. I’ll lay it out below, but check out the lesson first:
When Inspiration Hits… Literally
So Chloe West shared this video with Pilot where Pilot smashed into her after a Rear 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. I thought it was just a Fakie/Jakie mistake but as I learned later, it was just Pilot coming in hot and wild for a A Hoop is an Over or Vault that travels through a hoop made from your arms or body. A Hoop expresses great teamwork and connection between dog and handler. Most More or Arms with a bit too much space, super funny.
The movement was really slick for a Fakie or a Jakie, something I had not really done from the Rear Cross. The video also brought to light the idea of playing Aggressive Defense because Chloe’s spinning away from her dog created a bit too much space, inviting a hot and wild approach. I figured I’d 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 it a shot with the Jakie and with spinning towards 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 using some Aggressive Defense movement.
Now here we are with a bevy of moves:
A Prevent Defense seeks to simply allow the opponents to not score. It is about giving all kinds of space to the offense to stop them from making the long play.
In dog frisbee, that looks like standing 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 waiting for the dog to come to you, or moving away from the dog to create space for an interception or a coming together after some space has been given.
Most of the time it is the former, with the handler simply standing there waiting for the dog to get back for the move. This is boring and not an efficient nor creative use of your time and movement.
It’s cool and fine and whatnot, but it could be better and more interesting. It’s kind of whatnot…
Regular Defense has the handler moving towards the dog but stopping far enough away to not get burned by the offense. Usually this is 1-2 strides away for the dog, maybe 2-5 yards or so.
This is much more appealing than the Prevent Defense, as it shows an active handler with Team Movement is how dog and handler move, as a team, out there on the field. It is a judging category in some organizations and certainly is a focus of More, but it is fairly standard, a bit loose, and could be much more.
Aggressive Defense has the handler driving forward on the dog all the way up until the move is made. If we were playing defense in a team sport, the technique would risk the offense getting past us and if they did so, they’d score. In team sports terms it would be a tremendous gamble that would stop the offense in their tracks and give momentum to our team.
But in the case of disc dog freestyle, while we are utilizing the Pressure comes in many forms in dog training. Positional Pressure, Performance Pressure, Environmental Pressure, the Plane of the handler’s body. Pressure is a fact. How you wield it or leverage More and position of defense to intercept and meet the dog head on, we are ultimately on the same team and we both know the play. This means the fix is in and we can sell the fake defense while actually working together. We essentially fool the fans while play the odds in Vegas – it is no gamble at all, it’s a plan that surprises everyone.
One Step Over the Line
In simplest terms, you just A Take is a cued Bite that replicates the placement and timing of a throw. Usually used with overs, vaults, and flips, the Take is a powerful teaching tool for More one, maybe two extra steps from where you would normally set up for Regular Defense. It is just a little bit more driving forward to close the gap between dog and handler.
Stop & Setting as Trigger
Once you cross the line the idea is to use an abrupt stoppage as negative pressure to suck the dog into the move. This is really well illustrated in the 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 and flip move in the 2nd video at 25 seconds.
This really makes moves POP! It’s surprising and exciting for the fans and generates tremendous momentum for the team.
Appear in Position
If the move you are doing does not have a 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 idea is to appear in position rather than get close and set up as you would with Regular Defense.
Essentially you stop and settle into the position using the movement and spacing while closing the gap as you would your standard set up for that move.
This is how I’m using the Spins and Twists are tricks where the dog spins 360 degrees in a clockwise or counter clockwise fashion. Spin is clockwise and Twist is counter clockwise so it is important More with Eppie in most all of these moves. My spinning is the set up.
Cue Clearly & Early
According to poetry, that rhymes. And if you cue clearly and early, Aggressive Defense will be poetic and beautiful. Give it a shot.