The way the Pawsitive Vybe Ribbon is constructed, our dogs are likely to mistake the PVR for a simple 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 and handler to develop a sense of timing and team movement. Arounds usually start in front of the handler and have the dog circling close to the handler’s heels..... If we look at the grayed out path that represents a typical PVR pattern, we can see that it’s quite close to a Go Around 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 of your tricks, could, conceivably, become a Set Up Move, just put it in front of something else. Set Up Moves are tricks that are used to establish timing and.... We’re going to use The dog puts his face where the Cookie or the disc happens. Where you put the reward matters. Reward Placement is huge in disc dog freestyle. Your dog’s face will always wind up where you throw the disc. He will go where the disc happens. If a disc in thrown to a place, the dog will return from that place.... to place value on an arc at a particular distance around the handler.
Choosing the Arc
Notice the grayed out circle. That’s the arc that we’re going to try to put our reinforcement on (throw the disc there). If we can get enough reps on that arc the dog will gravitate to that distance. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Let’s choose a 5-7 meter arc.
Setting the Arc
Once we’ve chosen the Arc, we’ll need to set it. So we have the PVR is set up after our dog drops. As the dog commits to the A cue that is given as a consequence for correct behavior is a Consequent Cue. In the game of disc dog freestyle, the consequent cue is extremely important. Dogs are reinforced by opportunity, and there is not much greater opportunity in the game of disc than more play (Next). If you offer your cue before your dog has complied with..., we’re going to push a disc outside the dog’s line, on about a 45 degree angle to the side the dog is going.
The idea here is that we push them further out than normal. We then call the drop and toss the next disc out along the arc. Call the drop and repeat. Several reps of this and we’ll get a bit of breathing space on the regular PVR.
Left or Right Handed
We can work this in both directions, but most dogs will have a strong and a weak side. If our dog is stopping and reversing field on us, odds are that we’re running the dog in the wrong direction. It is possible to work through this, but we should avoid learning on the weak side.
Get Out Instead of Reward for Position
Expanding the PVR can be done by teaching a Get Out, agility style. We’ve not been working that here at PVybe because we’ve wanted to develop the Rewarding for Position methodology.