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Disc & Dog Training Glossary: Ideas to Chew On...

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Terms and Words of Play+

Explore the nuanced language of Play+ dog training. These terms enrich our understanding and enhance communication between handlers and dogs, contributing to more efficient and harmonious training sessions. Dive in and expand your canine training vocabulary.

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Disc Dog & Dog Training Glossary

Explore the nuanced language of Play+ dog training. These terms enrich our understanding and enhance communication between handlers and dogs, contributing to more efficient and harmonious training sessions. Dive in and expand your canine training vocabulary.

In the context of Play+, initiative encapsulates the process of leading the dynamic interaction during play. Whether it's the Dog or the Handler, the one with the initiative actively guides the direction of the experience
In the Play+ philosophy, "Prep" or Prepare is the 2nd stage of "Next" in a Cycle of Play. It's the moment where the handler readies themselves to become an opportunity for the dog. This preparation stage serves as a critical bridge between the dog's current action and the next cue, ensuring a seamless transition
In neuroscience, the SEEKING system is one of the primary emotional systems identified by the affective neuroscience theory. It is a fundamental component of the brain’s reward circuitry, and it's responsible for motivating exploratory behavior, curiosity, and anticipation in response to stimuli.
An expectant marker in Play+ is a signal, either a cue or a positive marker, used by the handler during training to create a sense of expectancy or anticipation in the dog. It indicates to the dog that a desired behavior has been correctly performed and that the next opportunity for play or reward
Expectancy in the Play+ context is a multi-faceted concept that embodies a dog's anticipation or prediction of future events or outcomes within a play session.
The Now Phase is an integral part of the Play Cycle in the Play+ training philosophy. It embodies the current, immediate interaction between the handler and the dog, anchoring them in the present moment of the training process. The Now Phase consists of three essential components:
In Play+, "Read Release" refers to the handler's observation and interpretation of the dog's behavior following the completion of an action or behavior.
The Now Next Cycle of Play:. A rhythmic sequence of engagement and reflection, optimizing teamwork and performance in the dynamic world of dog training.
Actualized Skills in Play+ refer to the manifest abilities of the dog, developed through training and practice, and utilized effectively within the play interaction. They represent the culmination of a learning process where understanding (mental) and execution (physical) come together.
Eternal Objects,In Play+, this term refers to Actualized Skills or behaviors that have been previously learned and actualized by the dog.
Rhythm Contours in Play+ are the dynamic alterations in the tempo, intensity, and complexity of the training game that serve to keep engagement fresh, maintain novelty, and regulate the Subjective Tone of the session.
In Play+, "Prehension" is a concept borrowed from the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. It refers to the process by which the dog perceives and interprets the cues and the actual world around it, including emotions and feelings from previous experiences. This perception and interpretation inform the dog's actions and reactions within the training