How do you build the skills required to be creative and competent in Interior work? What can you do other than what you always do and what others are putting onto the competition field to build your skillset for flowing interior sequences and Team Movement?
5th installment of DiscDogger Weekly is out. Team Movement, UpDog Criterion Freestyle Rounds from the Endless Summer Series, Throwing, and some Disc Quan Do Forms are on this week’s agenda. Hope you dig the show.
Zig Zag patterns are dueling flanks in front of the handler: Clockwise Flank, catch, reverse field, Counter Clock Flank, catch, reverse field, repeat. A well performed or proper Zig Zag is based entirely upon the Flank. An immature or poorly performed Zig Zag devolves into alternating Passes. The Flatwork Compass uses natural body positions and natural human to canine positional pressure to communicate Flank vs Pass.
The movements of the Flatwork Compass are both how humans move to throw and how humans move dogs. The stepping forward for the Flank pushes the dog out and in the direction we’re stepping and the switching and opening up pulls the dog towards us for the Pass.
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?
Sweet show for you guys this week… We’ve pulled some stuff from the archives, digging up some Polka Puppy lessons – Hoop and Bitework (more on the puppy front to come…). Some serious throwing videos and a few training jams. Hope you dig the show.
Nothing gets in the way of patience and methodical movement like pattern training in dog frisbee. When a rabid frizbeast knows what is coming and where it is going, odds are the dog is going to go for it, and hard. This is one of the problems that I have with freestyle routines and it gets worse later into the year. By World Finals time my frizbeasts are cutting corners and running on autopilot which can and does cause timing problems for the team.
The affects of a clean trigger in the Flatwork Compass show themselves in most all aspects of the game. Most dogs do not have a clean trigger. Cleaning up your trigger will have a positive impact on many aspects of your game.
12 throws in 4 minutes and we have a dramatically improved trigger, a better wait, and a plan to solve a couple of other nagging problems he has shown throughout his career. A few dedicated sessions and we should have marked improvement in all aspects of his game.
Communication on the fly is a key element of disc dog freestyle and disc dog game play. It is a good idea to have a clear and concise communication system to make on the fly decision making a successful endeavor. Nobody wants to be handcuffed by pattern training. The Flatwork Compass provides a simple and elegant communication system that is based upon natural movements and canine/human pressure and body language.