What exactly is the Trigger for your dog to get the disc? Serious question that demands a clear and concise answer. Do you have one? Not having a clear answer to this question leads to all kinds of problems from an unreliable Wait to missed catches at a distance to poor vault and over timing. Ron & Epic demonstrate our standard Triggers for a catch, a Bite, flips, overs – and all of those skills are Triggered with the same mechanic.
Horizontal Orientation of the Disc = Go!
The primary Trigger for disc dogs that we use at Pawsitive Vybe is the horizontal rim orientation. Our dogs are taught to not attempt to bite a disc or take off on the run unless the disc has hit that horizontal position.
This is a really reliable Trigger.
The Long Tail of a Strong Trigger
There are many desirable behaviors that are created and reinforced through the intentional use of a Trigger.
- Patience for the Bite
- Vault Timing
- Successful catching
- Coordinated Team Movement
to name a few…
Not having a clear Trigger defined or having muddy, unclear triggers on particular skills has been the number one issue for at least 80% of disc dog troubleshooting we have been asked to do over the last 5 years.
This literally is one of the most important concepts in dog frisbee.
Peace & Happy Jamming