Flatwork of Fetching It Up

Fetching up discs can be used to exercise and reinforce successful disc dog flatwork. Here, Ron & Epic demonstrate this simple, useful, and fun exercise that fleshes out the Flatwork Process.

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Flatwork with Purpose

Using your flatwork skills to fetch up discs provides experience and understanding of flatwork skills for dog and handler and exercises the practical application disc dog flatwork.

This is also quite helpful for gaining control over the fetching behavior for a dog who likes to stack, gather, or maul lonely discs. Just be sure to avoid pattern training or an automagic expectation of gathering discs by doing it all the time, always the same way, or by allowing the situation to cue or trigger the gathering behavior.

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