Ron Watson | Scoot
Dog Backs Up Between Handler’s Legs from Front to Back
the Scoot is a unique Set Up Move that puts a bit of a glitchy, rewind, sticky moment in flow. it’s a nifty little move that has great Showmanship, Athletic Humor, and Team Movement potential if it’s not overused.
Keys to the Trick:
- Sloppy Entries? Use a BackChain
- Pay at the Butt Crack
- Look for the Exit FlankOut to the side of the handler is the Flank. If the dog is out to the handler's right or left the dog is on Flank. If the dog is moving with the More
- Move With It
Sloppy Entries? Jumping Over Your Dog? Use a BackChain
one of the things with Scoots is that sometimes it is the handler walking over the dog or the handler leaping and kicking their legs up over a flailing or manic dog. the answer to this trouble is a bit counter intuitive, of course it is, it’s a BackChain.
One of the best ways to clean up your ScootA Scoot is a Set Up Move where the dog scoots backwards between the handler’s legs. It’s a really clever Set Up Move, the image of your dog spinning around and shimmying backwards More is to do some sessions where you focus on marking the finish between your legs and making it easy to get through your legs my moving, not lifting your leg, but moving and getting into position where it is easy for the dog to achieve a successful Scoot. Reinforce these successful Scoots immediately with a Bite.
A bunch of these in a row sets up an expectation of going through the legs, for sure, getting marked for it, and getting a vicious Bite as cookie for the skill. Going between the legs AND smashing a disc is the expectation. The effort or difficulty on the dog’s part is irrelevant. All that matters is that the dog want to finish between the legs and Bite.
Once you’ve got this desire, reshape the skill either by hard-assing the criteria and just expecting the dog to complete the backchain, or by more active shaping where you reduce your movement while keeping the success rate and rate of reinforcement up while staying on the BackChain.
Pay At the Butt Crack
crude, but memorable. and you only have to do it a few times and the dog will give you some attention through the back of your head and give you a Wait at the resolution of the Scoot. how cool would that be?
The dog following the handler is a big part of Team MovementTeam Movement is how dog and handler move, as a team, out there on the field. It is a judging category in some organizations and certainly is a focus of many judges, players, More and Set Up MovesSet Up Moves are tricks that are used to establish timing and position in disc dog freestyle. Traditional tricks include: Around, Through, Backwards Through, and Scoot, but any or all of your tricks, More, perhaps the biggest part, in actuality…
By placing a cookie or three on the dog after the Scoot, right in the center of your behind, you interrupt the exit and give the dog something to think about, like eating cookies. While the dog is stopped back there, turn around and face the dog. Cover that movement with a cookie if you need, but just a some cookies and turn around into FrontFront is a stable position directly in front of the handler. Front is an traditional obedience skill. Usually your dog sits in this position, but standing is often acceptable as well, especially in More a few times and the dog will chill back there long enough for you to easily sequence out of the Scoot.
Look and You Create the Exit Flank
if you look down and to your left after the Scoot, the dog will come out in Clock on your left. look down and to the right as the Scoot resolves and the dog will pop out there. this is stronger if you have reward history at the butt crack.
Which direction does your dog exit the scoot from? Want the dog to stay put after the Scoot for sequencing purposes?
All you have to do is look to either side and your dog will show up there. This is a magical, magical tool. And it works naturally. It might take a few reps, but just do the Scoot, look to the side you want the dog on, and wait to mark and reinforce with a Bite after the dog shows up in your vision.
Move with It!
in performance, most of the movement by the handler in the Scoot behavior happens before the Scoot goes through the legs. it’s like once the dog gets lined up, Handler’s freeze. don’t be that handler. MOVE!!!
Scoot to Flank is neat. Scoot to Flip. Scoot to Leg VaultThe dog uses the player´s body as a launching pad to jump for a disc. A Vault is a leaping catch from the handler’s body. The dog leaves the ground for the target More? You gotta move!
Scooting usually has the handler simply turning around to do a flip or resolves in a StallA Stall has the dog leaping up and chilling out on the handler’s back. Stalls are great for showmanship and for presenting a dog to the crowd. They create a dramatic or emotive More. That’s boring. Pull a Flank out of the Scoot or something. A spinning handler trailing an excited dog out of a Scoot can look pretty cool.
Try to hook something that MOVES to your Scoot. And move it! Don’t just glitch your routine and leave it sitting there.