Patron’s Only Sneak Peek… Public Access Jan 22 | This conflation between the Fakie and the Rebound is a big issue in teaching and performing the Rebound or Reverse Vault. Many people teaching disc dog freestyle have unintentionally fed this problem by not attending to the distinction between the two and by misapplying our Vault Discrimination foundation in their teachings.
Patrons Only Sneak Peek… Public Access Jan 11th | Get Out and Look Here are both starkly contrasted with GO!. When the handler says,”Go!” the dog should believe the handler and go in the intended direction.
A Go cue is rather simply conditioned. Just say Go and throw – really far. Putting the dog consistently late to the play will cultivate a desire to leave the handler entirely and move in the likely direction of the catch.
Patrons Only Sneak Peek… Public Access Jan 10 | Contracting the Flank reduces the lateral outrun of dogs and tightens up the around movement. It is a simple operation at heart – just send the dog around and do nothing — don’t throw.
Patrons Only Sneak Peek… Public Access Jan 10 | Where, when, and how the disc is placed while Expanding the Flank depends greatly on what the handler wants to do with it. There is a difference between Setting the Flan and Throwing on Flank.
Patrons Only Sneak Peek Access… Public Jan 9 | How does your dog perform the Around? It it tight as a drum with the dog hugging your knee-pit and brushing your calf? Or is it real loose with the dog running down the throwing line before turning upfield? Does the dog go around and bolt downfield without a look back? Or is your dog Goldilocks, a just right distance with a look to the handler to see the release?
All go Around behaviors are not equal. There are situations where each of these types of Go Around set up moves are required or desired.
Sneak Peek for Patron’s only… Public access Dec 27th | Functions of canine leaping and how leaping catches function by Ron Watson
Patron’s Choice Sneak Peek | Public Access Dec. 26
Key concepts of the canine leaping skill and behavior chain that shape and reinforce a leaping catch.
Sneak Peek – Patrons Only… Public Release Dec 16th | Playing with purpose is how you learn to do things you don’t really know how to do. Intending to do something, expecting a result, and being present in the moment to observe and catalog that result is how knowledge and understanding grows.
Sneak Peek – Patrons Only… Public Release Dec 16th | Think Forms Not Drills – A drill is something an athlete does to get better. Drills help you build the skills you will need in the future. This focus on getting better and the future is putting the cart before the horse and values skill over knowledge.
A form is something an artists studies. Forms help you understand what the reality is in and around an activity. Forms are about uncovering the essence and understanding of a skill or activity.
Sneak Peek – Patrons Only… Public Release Dec 14th | Every game we play with our dog is a purpose driven endeavor. Most of the time, the only purpose people care about is scoring points. That is a purpose, but I wouldn’t say that is THE purpose.