The only thing you will do more in a round of freestyle than drop discs is to catch them, and that is only if you go dropless. Dropping discs is, literally, half the game, and dropping them at the right place and the right time is more than half of playing the game well.
Handling and managing the discs while they are in the dog’s mouth, before they fall out and hit the ground is a key element of Disc Management, and I don’t think it is on many Player Judges’ radar. I don’t think it is in any rulebook (UpDog, maybe, excluded… Go Jack!), but it is a fact of Disc Management, nonetheless.
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If your dog knows flank vs pass and how to drop and you know when to give the Drop cue, then your disc management problems are pretty much over. Just cue the Drop when your dog is running over top of a pile of discs and keep it moving. Easy, right?
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.