Lean back and Let It Go
the dog leaps up and flips off of the handler’s chest to catch a thrown disc. reverse vaults are flips off the handlers body usually named after the body part vaulted from – Reverse Chest Vault.
3 Tips for the Reverse Chest Vault:
- the Strong Flip is probably necessary
- flips happen behind your dog
- smooth balanced landings are key
- reward placement alters landings
Use a Strong Side Flip
this is a big move and it requires an agile and confident dog. be sure you are basing your dog’s flip off the strong flipping side instead of your dominant throwing hand.
Unless your dog can flip equally well to both sides you will want to base your Reverse Chest Vault off of your dog’s Strong Flipping Side. This will provide the most effective and safe situation for your dog to navigate, and be confident while navigating, this big athletic skill.
Push the Disc Back on the Dog and Away From You
a Reverse Chest Vault should travel a yard or 3. horizontal movement is important for navigating the landing it allows the dog to use their momentum to step out of landings. flips happen behind your dog.
If your dog goes straight up to catch the disc and comes straight back down, you are going to have problems. You want your dog to travel a bit and roll through the landing front feet then rear feet. Forward momentum is key on big landings.
Smooth and Balanced Landings
when it comes to vaults and safety you are looking for smooth movement and balance during the whole landing process. no clunking, tweaking, freezing, etc. and a position of balance that allows for movement in any direction.
The Reverse Chest Vault is a big move even when trying to do it small. Make sure your dog is moving smoothly out of this skill. Any glitch that distracts you from the next trick or catches your eye could be a potential safety issue.
Leverage Reward Placement to Alter Landings
where you put the disc after any leaping trick affects the landing. be conscious of this and know that if you need to alter an angle or approach on the landing that Reward Placement might be a good place to look for a solution.
Our dogs here at Pawsitive Vybe tend to really focus on the handler. We often need to deliver reinforcement in order to alter trajectory on this vault and also Back Vaults and some big air maneuvers.
If you see that your dog is landing funny, perhaps a bad angle, try to figure out if an alternate reward placement might work to fix it. For instance, let’s say your dog is finishing the flip for the disc very early and is looking at you before they land. This can be a problem – finish the flip too early and the dog slams down on their rear end.
To fix this, you could deliver a throw 10-15 yards away after the dog lands, or as they are navigating the landing. This reward placement asks the dog to navigate the landing in a different fashion if they want a shot at getting that disc.
On the flip side of that, if your dog is not finishing the flip part of Reverse Chest Vault, not quite getting around enough, you could reinforce the skill with a Bite on the Disc in your hand. This makes the dog to drive strongly back to the handler.
You could also do the same with your Fakie (Reverse Chest Vault with no disc) as a lower or more safe criteria.