A Zig Zag is a series of catches in smooth succession that forces the dog to move back and forth across the field. Usually performed at a distance of 8-20 yards, the Zig patterns are dueling flanks in front of the handler: Clockwise Out to the side of the handler is the Flank. If the dog is out to the handler's right or left the dog is on Flank. If the dog is moving with the, 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 The Flatwork Compass is a disc dog form that separates the Flank from the Pass, creates a reliable trigger, and exposes the team to all of the key elements of Team Movement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW7Czz-7ows&list=PL8zWXaJfi1-synGOkBJ7u4p-WkotsL3LR uses natural body positions and natural human to canine positional pressure to communicate Flank vs A Pass or Passing is a linear Team Movement maneuver that has the dog running or moving past the handler in close proximity, crossing or breaking the plane of the handler's body..
A Take is a cued Bite that replicates the placement and timing of a throw. Usually used with overs, vaults, and flips, the Take is a powerful teaching tool for creating habitual leaping a look at the following video and compare it to the active concepts from the Flatwork is the stuff that happens between the catches. How the team moves and transitions, often without the disc, is flatwork. Flatwork concepts in disc dog are taken from the agility and herding Compass.
Be Prepared – Tying This to the 4 Hands Form
We have already tied the Zig Zag to the 4 Hands Form with Epic and you can see the same position and movement here.