2 Things You Must Do for Better Disc Dog Team Movement – A DiscDogger Weekly Sneak Peek

Team Movement & Flow is our jam. It is how I love to play disc with my dogs. Some people love big tricks, some people love control, some people love dog training, I love to move fluidly with my dog. There is a super simple secret to this, two of them actually, and they are…

Ron & Loot talk about some strategies for flowing team movement and demonstrate the Dynamic Pendulum in this sneak peek feature from DiscDogger Weekly #7.

It Couldn’t Be Simpler

This really couldn’t be simpler. Throwing out to the side is the natural way to deliver a disc to your dog. I mean, to throw out at 12 o clock you pretty much have to turn sideways to do this any, so…

Throw Laterally – Expanding and Contracting the Flank

I know this looks crazy complex… but it’s not. You either throw out to the left and widen the arc the dog moves on (Expanding the Flank) or throw out to the right and tighten up the circle (Contract the Flank). Remember simple does not mean easy…

You can throw laterally to expand or contract the flank. With Loot, I am starting each sequence by contracting the Flank. With Eppie I tend to expand the Flank to get started.

The Pendulum and the Dynamic Pendulum expand the Flank in both directions.

Here is Eppie working this skill. Notice that I am expanding the Flank with Eppie by throwing out to the left to get started. Once we’re


You can’t have great team movement if you don’t move. As soon as you’re done making the throw, MOVE!

With the Pendulum form, the handler remains static and the dog and the play come to us. With the Dynamic Pendulum, the handler moves aggressively to dynamically reset the working position after each throw.

Making the idea of movement a reflex after releasing the disc is a tremendous way to deliver creative Team Movement. This MOVE!!! concept is also key to dynamic and creative sequence building which we cover in graphic detail.

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