DiscDogger Weekly #9 | The Art of Disc Quan do

Episode 9 of DiscDogger Weekly is jam packed. This week we’ve got a couple of rounds of Throw N Go, an unboxing, an advanced vaulting lesson and some Team Movement Disc Quan Do stuff with Obi (Not a Border Collie) & Loot.

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Disc Quan Do White Belt Test with Obi

Disc Quan Do is a disc dog martial art. It means “Way of the Disc Dog”. In a pop culture sort of way, it is a silly thing, I mean, “Disc Quan Do”… While it is a bit silly in a pop culture sort of way, it is quite sincere in reality. Martial arts are more than fighting and more than sport. It is the study of fighting as well as the study of the self and is not of “sport”, it is art.

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Disc Dog Vaulting Principles | Cross as Trigger

Vaulting a Disc Dog is a complicated process. We break this complex process down into 3 basic functions – Tell | Trigger | Target. We have already covered the Tell function in an earlier DiscDogger Weekly. After you Tell the dog what we are going to do and where we are going to do it, then we Trigger the skill. We have covered the Trigger skill here on the blog in various places.

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Disc Dog Team Movement with Leaping Catches

Creating arcing, round lines in disc dog team movement is no easy task. It is rather simple, but it ain’t easy. The Squeaky Wheel Form is a terrific tool for creating shapes in your game and working on the component Functions of the Leaping Catch while improving your throwing skills.

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Disc Dog Team Movement | Figure 8 Cross Form

Team Movement is hard for many people because it is more than tricks. Team Movement is moving together. This is often easier said than done with a ballistic collie or a disc seeking missile, but it is an important concept to keep in mind while training your disc dog.

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DiscDog Training + Distractions in Team Movement Forms

Distractions play a big role in dog training. Identifying and dealing with them is the epic quest of the dog and dog sport trainer. In the case of these videos, the distraction is an agility jump that is placed in play and promises to feature prominently in the game (why else would it be there, right?). This distraction impacts Epic in one way and Loot in another.

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Disc Dog Vault Principles | Cuing Direction aka: Tell

What vault are we doing and where are we doing it? That is the very first thing a disc dog team needs to know. We call this Telling and we do it by cuing direction. We tell the dog which vault we are doing and where it will be done. Everybody knows what’s happening before anything actually happens.

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Advanced Throwing | How to Throw A Funky AirBounce

Funky throws are the lifeblood of the disc dog freestyler. Delivering discs with various releases are a scoring metric in all disc dog freestyle contests. Continuing development of your quiver of creative releases is a key to growing as a player. I am rather well known for creative throwing and the teaching of creative throwing. Here is a quick lesson on how to throw a funky over the shoulder airbounce, one of my more flashy throws

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Master These 3 Forms to Control and Handle Your Disc Dog

Communication, spatial and situational awareness, and disc handling competence are three key areas for disc dog freestyle that seem to escape the training regiment of most young players. What have you done and are you doing to gain these skills and groom them in your game?

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DiscDogger Weekly #3

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.

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DiscDogger Weekly #2

DiscDogger Weekly disc dog webseries by Pawsitive Vybe Episode #2. Featuring Apryl Lea & Jack Fahle. Playlist includes 3 Lessons and 8 Jams

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UpDog Game Strategies | Single Jump Frizgility with Loot

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.

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Discdogger Weekly Returns | A Nearly New Weekly Disc Dog Show…

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.

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Disc Dog Vaulting Class Coming Soon..

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:

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The Purpose and Value of Recognizing Shapes in Disc Dog Freestyle

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.

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