Team Movement is how dog and handler move, as a team, out there on the field. It is a judging category in some organizations and certainly is a focus of More is a great skill to teach to a puppy. It can be done in systematic fashion with cookies rather quickly. We have already worked to teach 5 Set Up Moves in 5 Minutes and created a communication system of sorts, now we’ll apply the same methods towards laying the foundation of Front is a stable position directly in front of the handler. Front is an traditional obedience skill. Usually your dog sits in this position, but standing is often acceptable as More and Rear Crosses.
Playing on the Hand to Hand Transfer
In an earlier session Zappa learned to follow cookies from hand to hand to learn 5 Set Up Moves are tricks that are used to establish timing and position in disc dog freestyle. Traditional tricks include: Around, Through, Backwards Through, and Scoot, but any or all More in 5 Minutes, which leads to an understanding that actual value will be transferred from hand to hand when the hands meet.
We are going to further that understanding while teaching him the essence of both the Front and On a Rear Cross, the dog switches Flanks with the behind her. From clock to counter clockwise Flank or vice versa. Taken directly from the canine agility world, the Rear More. After this session we can add 4 more Set Up Moves to those 5 we taught earlier, and we will be well on our way to creating a comprehensive communication system for Team Movement.
Front Cross is Sneaky
The On a Front Cross, your dog switches Flanks in with you in front of them. From Clock to Counter Clockwise Flank or vice versa. Taken directly from the canine agility More is super sneaky. My brain broke back in the mid ’00s when a 16 year old agility trainer tried to teach it to me. It really doesn’t look like much, and yet it is, perhaps, the most important skill in disc dog freestyle. All you need to jam is to be able to do a solid Front Cross… You don’t even need to know what you’re doing, and most of us don’t.
A year or two ago I realized that the Front A Cross is an canine agility term that describes a change of working sides. Your dog moves from your left to your right (Heel to Side) or from Clock to More is really all you need to do super cool disc dog freestyle and interior sequences. Of course having more skills and understanding how they work is more flexible and can do more things, but if you’re competent with the Front Cross you can be a superb disc dog jammer.
The definition of a cross is to switch working sides with the handler in front of The Dog is a player archetype defined by The Dog. There are always a few canine athletes that really separate themselves from the pack. Many great disc dog teams have More, but it’s not quite as simple as side vs side. When you adjust your dog into front position when they are set up a little bit cock-eyed, you’re employing the Front Cross. When you stop your dog from moving right to left and pull them into Front position, you’re leveraging the principles of the Front Cross. Lining up a The dog uses the player´s body as a launching pad to jump for a disc. A Vault is a leaping catch from the handler’s body. The dog leaves the ground More? Front Cross Principles.
In the first rep with Zappa at 0:30 it’s easy to see the side to side switch, but in the 2nd one at 0:50 it’s not nearly so easy. It often requires a good look and some thought to compute the dog’s current 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 More and often takes just as much Unsolicited eye contact or Attention is a great way to hook up with a dog. If you have something the dog wants he should give eye contact in order to More to detail to see the shift from side to side. But once you start to see it, it’s nearly impossible to miss.
Rear Cross – Be Sure to Send
The key to the Rear Cross is the send. The definition of Rear Cross is to switch working sides with the handler behind the dog. It can also be “dog turns away from me”.
You must get the dog out in front of the handler, however slightly, to make it a Rear Cross. And out front is not in relation to your position, but to the team’s movement or line. This is what separates a Spins and Twists are tricks where the dog spins 360 degrees in a clockwise or counter clockwise fashion. Spin is clockwise and Twist is counter clockwise so it is important More or a Spins and Twists are tricks where the dog spins 360 degrees in a clockwise or counter clockwise fashion. Spin is clockwise and Twist is counter clockwise so it is important More from a Rear Cross.
When sending the dog, scoop the hand closest to the dog forward while stepping forward with the foot further from the dog. This sounds complex, but 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 More a moment to look down at your hips while stepping forward.
If you step with that outside foot, your hips are turned towards the dog and away from you. This is the direction the dog needs to go, away from you, meeting that second definition of the Rear Cross. Sending the dog with your body and feet in this orientation pushes the dog out and away from you.
If you look at your hips when you step forward with the foot that is Next is an important feature in a fast paced game. Everything hinges upon Next. If you like the game, then Next is important to you. When a dog loves to More to the dog, you can see that your hips are turned towards you, pulling the dog in towards the handler. If you send the dog from this body position, you will pull the dog towards you.
The dog is reading not only your body language, but is reading and predicting your bodies movement. Doing this move with a flick of the wrist or hand turns it from a conceptual and natural cross into a conditioned flip, spin, or twist – cool trick, but not quite the same thing, foundationally speaking.
Match and Turn
Both the Front and Rear Cross have the match and turn. The hands should match and the handler should turn in the direction of the dog.
On the Front Cross, the handler will turn into the dog’s face, as the dog is standing in front of the handler, or approaching from the front.
On the Rear Cross, the handler will turn towards the dog, but to the backside of the dog or to a Spot is a “go to a place”, or “go to a mat” behavior. This means that the dog seeks out and performs a duration behavior on a spot of the More behind the dog, as the dog is out in front.
The Front Cross can be accomplished without the matching of the hands, but doing so breaks down the systemic communication and removes the focus from the hands – practically speaking this is no problem at all. Foundationally speaking it can be a problem for disc dogs. Match the hands to keep the continuity and you can create a cuing system.
The match on the rear cross is far more necessary both foundationally and functionally. Foundationally speaking it’s required to get the dog to look away from you, as disc dogs tend to keep strong focus on the handler and have real trouble turning away from us. Functionally speaking, the lack of a match can The Lead is the leg of the dog that is in front while in any given gate. If it is the right paw that stretches out first and furthest, then the to cheating or a lack of commitment to the send part of the skill for the same reason.
Be Methodical Keep it Slow
Team Movement has the dog following the handler. If the dog executes a move at a different When working the flank, a dog often goes from running very hard to a more easy going pace. She adjusts her pace to match you or to read the situation. More, place, and time from the handler, it might be cool, but it’s not really Team Movement. There is a time and a place for that, but it’s not foundation.
The dog should follow the handler. Adjust your speed to ensure that the dog is actually following you rather than simply doing a skill. If the dog follows you anything can be done together without training. If the dog simply does the skill you will have to train up any variation or not be able to vary the expression of the movement.