form for throwing intangibles

X Hands Forms for Disc Throwing Intangibles

The X Hands Forms are throwing forms from Disc Quan Do. The X is just a place-holding variable. Each belt level of Disc quan Do has a throwing form featuring four throws. 4 Hands, 8 Hands, 12 Hands, all the way to 32 Hands. You don’t have to be a Disc Quan Do practitioner to use the forms, but it does help to have some structure…

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are you throwing blind

Are You Throwing Blind to Your Disc Dog?

A blind toss is a throw where either the dog cannot see the release or the handler cannot see the dog at the time of release. Blind tosses can be of benefit on the judges card or they can be looked at as handling or routine building mistakes, depending upon the judge and the performance of the skill. Regardless of the scoring implications understanding the nature of blind throws is important to all disc dog teams for both freestyle and games.

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disc throwing intangibles

Better Disc Throwing Intangibles with the 4 Hands Form

Intangibles… The things you need to know that you don’t know you need to know. There are many intangibles in disc dog freestyle and disc dog games, and they often take years to grasp. There are intangibles in disc throwing in general and intangibles in throwing disc to dogs. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were something you could do to draw those intangibles to the surface and make them much easier to grasp? Well, I got some good news for you…

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Disc Dog Vault Training

Disc Dog Vault Training | Cuing Direction

Tell, Trigger, Target is the disc dog vault sequence. Tell the dog where the disc will be caught and what type of vault is to be done, Trigger the dog’s movement with the presentation of the vaulting platform, and set the Target. It is your job to deliver this information so the dog leaves the ground knowing these three pieces of critical intelligence.

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Slowing Down a Disc Dog

Slowing Down a Disc Dog with Team Movement & Flatwork

Obi has come a long way. He is paying attention to his handler, he’s following his handler’s movements and respecting and responding to positional pressure and body language. As a result he’s playing much more safely and successfully, and his leaping is coming along. That said, he’s still apt to get ahead of himself and run too fast. This could easily spiral out of control and lead to a return to unsafe and unsuccessful play.

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Rewarding with Plastic

Rewarding with Plastic | The Cookie is Next

Many handlers struggle with disc dog skills simply because they think that their only cookie in this game is “the Disc”. The disc is a cookie, but it is not the cookie. THE cookie that is most important in the game of disc is Next. It is far better to have your disc dog working for Next than the disc. So, how does that look and how does that work?

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Upside Down Disc Throwing Tips & Technique

Throwing upside down is both useful and stylish. DiscDogger Weekly #14 features several upside down throwing lessons used to shape and control collection and pursuit of discs and to help shape a better leaping catch. Ron Watson lays out 4 basic upside down throws and goes over some throwing tips & technique for making them work for you.

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disc dog team movement and leaping

Making the Play with Eppie | Disc Dog Team Movement and Leaping

We have been working this week on collection and thoughtful pursuit using upside down throws. Putting that into a pattern or flowing flatwork is a bit different from doing it in single disc Throw N Go. In this session, Eppie & I work on “Making the Play” using an upside down toss with the goal of getting him to slow down and thoughtfully pursue the disc so he is in a better position to leap for the catch.

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disc dog puppy training

Disc Dog Team Movement Foundation | Puppy’s 2nd Jam

This is Grasshopper’s 2nd jam ever. We did an introduction to disc a few weeks ago that went pretty well. Since then we have done three team movement sessions with cookies (1 | 2 | 3) which included some work on front and rear crosses. There was a total of 17 minutes of work done in those cookie training sessions.

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disc dog collection and tracking

Upside Down Throws for Disc Dog Collection and Tracking

Upside down throws create disc dog collection and tracking opportunities and limit the opportunity for over-pursuit. Because of their strange flight pattern, upside down throws ask your dog to pay attention to the disc and it’s trajectory rather than just run around out there chasing plastic.

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Music, Dance, and Disc Dog Freestyle | The Rhythm is In the Gaps

Your disc dog tricks and moves are your beats or dance steps. All the stuff required to set them up and make them look and sound good in flow are the gaps. You need rhythm in your play to create beautiful music and graceful dance instead of just making noise and moving erratically. To create rhythm, you need to mind the gaps.

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