Yachi Vault

Moving Vaults Are Possible

the Yachi Vault is a moving back vault modeled on a martial arts spin-kick. it requires cuing of direction, verbal vault discrimination, and commitment to the skill. this can be substituted with any signature vault if martial arts is not your thing…

A few keys to the skill:

  1. cuing direction
  2. get a headstart with your heel
  3. requires some space

Cue Direction with Disc and Body

this vault requires commitment from the dog. you really want to sell the movement with your off hand – signal towards where the disc will be placed, kind of like a head-fake or juke. replace that directional cue with the placement of your disc.

Your dog will need to be able to drop the disc early for this skill. (It’s always better to have the drop on cue!) The Cued Drop is what makes your Go Around cue happen, so teeth off of the disc = Go Around Cue.

A Head Start with the Heel

when making dramatic turns from a relatively stable position, start your move by moving your heel towards the target. it’s almost like starting the turn with a 180° head start and beginning your turn with a rolling start.

The dog will go where the reward happens. Reward placement is a powerful tool. If your dog is taking off like a lunatic, 50 yards down field, you know what I mean. Push the disc out the left and right and your dog will start to release from the go around a bit more sensibly and watch what you are doing.

More Time and More Space

you cue needs to be given early enough to get the dog prepared and to allow the you time to get there. the cue itself requires some time to set up. budget in a bit more time and space than normal for this move.

A game that can move in any direction is something handlers should be interested in cultivating. Most players already have the go get it and bring it here – out and back – that linear in and out game, but not much is happening out there to the left and to the right.
Yachi Vault