What Can I expect to Learn at a Pawsitive Vybe Disc Dog Seminar?
You can expect to learn a ton about throwing, handling and playing the game of disc with your dog. There is no set schedule in our seminars – learning takes place a bit more organically. Essentially we’re approaching teaching seminar participants the same way we approach our dog training:
Below I’ve listed 57 of our lessons that we have available to us in a seminar. For those of you who have taken seminars from us, many of these will sound familiar. For those of you who are considering learning with us, each of these lessons can be compressed into 2 or three sentences or expanded to fill 30 minutes. Many of these lessons tie into eachother and are often organized to mesh seamlessly and some are always covered at our seminars.
Training Menu – Jamming in 57 Flavors
A Proper Foundation Built on Positive Training.
- Two Targets – Live & Dead
- Choosing a disc – Choose your Weapon
- Marking Behaviors – Yes! Good!
- Criteria – Set it and Get it!
- Rate of Reinforcement – Success is Catchy!
- Patience – Waiting Works
- Dismissal – Go do dog stuff
- Tugging – Bite and Bond
- Out – Pavlov’s Drop
- Back Chain the Catch – Toss to Bite
- Go Round – Spinning Lure
- Short Toss – Short Catch
- Roller – More time, hitting the rim.
- Slider – Rewarding for Position
Learning to Run
Team Movement is a key to consistency and performance.
- Directional Feeding – Throw it to where I’m gonna be!
- Directional Leading – Moving in Concert
- Consequent Game – Communicating with Flow
Here and There
Building patterns on the Field of Play.
- Reward Placement – Discs are Dog Magnets!
- Toss and Fetch – Go Deep!
- Setting the Flank – Work on the Side
- Zig Zag – Xs
- Round the World – Os
Basic Throwing Skills
One of the hardest lessons to learn in disc sports is that it’s always easier than you think.
- Catch High – Overhand Wrist Flip & Push
- Catch Low – Side Arm & Backhand
- Human Freestyle Basis for Learning – Learning through Play
- Shoulders – Dial it In
- The Flick Myth
Enhanced Throwing Skills
Taking Throwing to the next level. Learn to Throw with Intent
- Floater – Hang Time
- Placement Drills – Bullseye
- Placement Theory – Right Place – Right Time
Rounding out the game.
- Set Up Moves & Position – Get Set for a Good Start
- Flipping – So that’s what Geometry was for…
- Sequencing – … Through…Wait… Flip
- Attention – Creating Operant Drive
Vaults and Overs
Vaulting and Overs are about Teamwork and Understanding.
- Teaching the Over – Hup Pup!
- Lower is Not always Safer – The ‘Safe’ Vault
- Timing – Too Late
- Vault Toss – Set it Right There!
- Stall – Top – Rebound – Vaulting Concepts
- Landing Safe – Trajectory, Funnel and Flow
- Repetitive Stress – What’s the Frequency?
Flatwork is Flow
Learn to Move as a Team.
- Foundational Theory – Fluid Dynamics
- Crosses – Agility Crossover
- Xs and Os – Reading Your Dog’s Lines
- Inside/Outside Push – Get in or Get out
- Position – Predictable Positioning with Discs
- Directional Leading – Shape Patterns with your Dog
- Positional Pressure – Getting Pushed Around…
There is much to be taught with Bite and Drop.
- Rules – Rules of Biteclub
- Mechanics and Technique – Efficiency is a must in fast games
- Jedi Mind Drop – I am the Drop
- Waiting Works – Wait for it…
- Eye Contact – Automagic Attention
- Reward for Position – Money Spot
- Variable Reinforcement– Slot Machine Syndrome
- Patience in Drive – Good things happen to those who wait
- Consequent Game – Ebb and Flow
- Freight Training – Positive Reinforcement Feedback Loop
How Does that Work?
We evaluate each individual, each team and the group then try to deliver tailored instruction to the individuals and teams while keeping the flow going for the group. It’s a delicate act, but it works well for our style of teaching. Playing disc with your dog is a game with many, many variables, and we cannot cover all of those variables with a formal schedule.
Sometimes we go into a seminar planning to do one thing and the skillset from the participating teams does not match up with our intent. Sometimes the foundation is entirely missing. Sometimes there’s a regional or club bias that is hard for us to work with on the spot.
I remember doing a seminar in the Netherlands and we were quite excited to deliver some of our flag and flash cuing and bitework to the Dutch teams. It was brand new at the time. The entire focus of the seminar was built around this bitework stuff. When we got there, we realized that nobody could get their dogs to bite discs in their hand. “Hups!…um… OK, let’s move on to Plan B!”
This has happened to us several times, and it is uncomfortable, for instructors, handlers and dogs, to try to cram square pegs into round holes. It’s much better to go with the flow and get the most out of our time. So instead of having a set itinerary, we’ve developed a menu of sorts.
A Typical Seminar
We open the seminar with some throwing warmup then we do a quick Evaluation Jam. The Eval Jam is 2 minutes max/team, and the seminar instructor takes notes and prepares a lesson plan.
After the Eval Jam we start throwing. We do lots of throwing. We teach you to throw cool throws, run drills to enable you to place discs in the right spot to make your dog look good, and we breakdown foundational disc principles into regular old English.
Personal Sessions usually take place right after lunch. Apryl and I will work with each Working Team for 10 minutes. Participants that are not working with the instructor are encouraged to observe other participants personal sessions. If there are 18 working teams, an observant handler can get 180 minutes of very good disc dog instruction and can see it in action on several dogs. There is much to learn observing teams in a learning process.
We do a little distance throwing, some fidgets, do a cookie or a bitework session with the dogs, and add in some in depth analysis on safety, vaulting, throwing, routine building, sequencing, and all kinds of other things.
We might get a 3rd jam session, we might not.
That’s about it.
It Sounds Hard. I Don’t Think I’m Ready
We structure our instruction so it fits the team. If you just want to get your catch discs and bring them back for a backyard game of catch, that’s cool. We can do that. Want your dog to give up the disc for you? No problem. You’ll get more than that, and you’ll have fun doing it, but we can keep it simple.
A Pawsitive Vybe Disc Dog seminar can put a great foundation on a dog and handler in an afternoon and can help you and your dog develop a solid communication system.
If your dog plays with toys and is fairly well socialized you’re ready for a working spot.
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