The Purpose and Value of Recognizing Shapes in Disc Dog Freestyle

Shapes are created by the position and movement of dog, handler, and disc. And shapes can be created by the dog, the handler, and the placement of the disc. Shapes are a fact of disc dog freestyle.

When the dog leaves the handler for a catch, that tends to create a line. When the dog is away from the handler and moves across the field to make a catch, as in a Zig Zag or Around the World, that tends to create a Shape.

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How to Get Better at Disc Dog Freestyle

Success in this game is much more about the things you do between the tricks, the little things that are not tricks at all and are often hidden are far more important, than the tricks themselves. If your stuff between the tricks, your set up, position, flatwork and team movement are off your trick will be hard to pull off or fall flat before it happens.

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On Disc Management: More Than Picking Up Discs

Handling and managing the discs while they are in the dog’s mouth, before they fall out and hit the ground is a key element of Disc Management, and I don’t think it is on many Player Judges’ radar. I don’t think it is in any rulebook (UpDog, maybe, excluded… Go Jack!), but it is a fact of Disc Management, nonetheless.

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