Many people were recently inspired by Oscar of Wafrika Disc Dogs and a new sequence he put out last week. It was a smooth interior sequence that featured a spinning back/hip 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 (a catch of a disc on the way to a bounce off the handler’s body). Eppie and I do not really have a back Jakie at this time. We have tried it but have not had much success as he’s a bit too small and crowds me a bit too much.
After being inspired I decided to try to dust it off. Below is a breakdown of a somewhat typical approach to trying a new or difficult sequence.
Step 1: Warmup
Step 2: Do Something Fun & Easy
Step 3: Approximate the New Skill / Warm Up the Components
Step 4: Capitalize on the Hot Behavior
Step 5:Backing Off and Keeping Things Warm
Step 6: Upping the Ante
Session & Method Recap
This is a fairly typical set up for us when learning something new. I like to get warmed up and get hot. Once we’re hot, I start focusing on the task at hand using a similar or component skill to bring our focus closer to the skill we’re trying to get.
Once we’re nice and hot, I’ll take a few shots at the skill or a lesser expression of the skill. After a few reps, I’ll either take a break or bang out a few reps of the “Hot” skill. This backing off, IMO, is important. Physically and mentally for dog and handler. It allows us a moment to think things over and some reps to connect the hot skill to the new skill.
I think it is important to create this ebb and flow process and to create it in a fashion that feeds into the goal. Simply smashing up against the wall over and over or even getting a few successful reps of the target skill can bring down our performance and give up many of the gains we’ve earned.