Vault Mechanics and Communication | A Sequence of Visuals and Key Concepts
Switch Flanks to Stop
Getting ready to stop Loot from moving clockwise using a Rear CrossOn 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.
Loot executes the Rear CrossA 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 and has switched to the Counter FlankOut 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. This switching of working flanks is the definition of a cross and stopping the dog is a key reason it is done.
A Solid Wait is Critical – A Poor Wait is Catastrophic
The flank is halted with Basic Standing PositionStanding in front of the dog with the disc held vertically in the throwing hand is Basic Standing Position (BSP), a foundational position in the Yachi Method. More (BSP) Clock. The opposing flank is used to stop the dog. If you don’t switch flanks the dog will tend to circle.
Thoughtfully Cue Direction
The verbal cue “Top” has been given and the handler is cuing direction, telling the dog where the vault will be. A good WaitWaiting on cue and situationally is extremely important for disc dog freestyle training. The competition field might not see too much waiting going on as everything is supposed to be More is the most important skill in vaulting.
Obstacle Presentation as Trigger
The leg lifting (obstacle presentation) is a very strong physical cue and is used as a reliable trigger to start the trick. The presentation of the obstacle is a very reliable trigger for all vaults. Loot is responsive and not reactive to this cue.
Multiple Triggers Exist in Complex Tricks
The disc leaving the hand is triggering the leap. Loot is actually preparing his leap from the ground to the target.
Dog Responds to Release With Thoughtful Collection
The disc is in flight and on it’s way to the predicted target area from the directional cue. The disc is in the air and Loot is loading up for this particular target.
Target Lock – From the Ground
Did the dog leave the ground for the target? Yes or No? What could be easier than that? It is a load off your mind and enhances safety for the dog. There is no time in vaulting.
The disc is placed as close as possible to the positional cue that Loot received. Thoughtfully cuing direction and delivering on that promise with precise placement creates builds trust, creates success, and dramatically improves safety.
Leave Time for the Landings
One decision made from the ground by the dog and solid placement means Loot has plenty of time to navigate the landing.
Vaults should land front feet first in flowing, balanced motion.
Loot is a counter clock dog, he is quite unbalanced. He releases to his left after most every trick. He’s lining up the landing right here.
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