Ron & Loot work a Jam in a Flash sequence requested by a Disc Dog Jamming Class member. It is not very impressive, many Flash Jams are not impressive, but there is usually a lesson in there… Plenty of lessons to be had here in this seque
Ron Watson & Loot use Oppositional Feeding to create a flip for a disc at 5-10 yards. Get the theory and practice behind this skill…
Vault to Flank Setting the Flank after a Vault or Over is a really simple task. All you have to do is turn in the direction the dog releases to after the catch. Lift the hand closest to the dog and you are on Flank.
The Flank is Out to Your Left and Your Right think of the Counter Clockwise Flank like Side position at a distance. when your dog is working out on your right, facing the same direction as you, you are working the Counter Clockwise Flank.
Any place out to your left or right side, further than Heel or Side position, that area is your Flank. When your dog is out there to your side a ways and you are working and moving together, that is what we call Working the Flank. It means you and your dog are hooked up and are performing team movement.
A handy list of Disc Dog Flatwork and Routine terms.
The Pendulum pattern is created using alternating clockwise and counter clockwise “Arounds”. This balanced approach slows the dog down and helps dog and handler hook up as a team on the flank (out to either side of the handler).
We like to use Oppositional Feeding with many Drop issues with high drive dogs. In the case of a late Drop or a dog that habitually retrieves, the reward placement of Oppositional Feeding creates a competing interest and gives the dog a reason to be “out there” instead of racing back to the handler.
Laura starts out by freeshaping the Drop and adjusting her position so Lakota doesn’t get to drop discs in front of her at her feet. Once the Drop is freed up a bit, Laura shifts gears and uses a Prompt Switch to get the drop happening right after the cue is given. This creates a pattern of the dog dropping away from the handler.
Video Assessment with Jack & Groovy. Touches on the balance point of herding dogs and on the drive to repeat comfortable patterns by the dog (and the handler). There is also some great disc placement in this piece.
Pressure generated by dogs with lots of drive can be reduced by using Oppositional Feeding. It is a great tool for slowing dogs down and reducing their speed on retrieve.
Oppositional Feeding is a technique that I have been using for some time now to slow my dogs down a bit and get them to settle in and work away from me but I could not figure out how it fit within our Flatwork Foundation.
What we are doing with Flatwork is moving the dog around the field. We are pushing and pulling. This happens through…
The first steps of Practical Flatwork are Setting the Flank and Directional Feeding. Both of these skills have huge impact in how handlers…
The Pawsitive Vybe Ribbon is a flatwork pattern we developed to help handlers learn to move their dogs around the field and also to help handlers escape the pressure that a dog…
The Rear Cross is a move where the dog turns away from the handler. That’s all it is. Dog is running and turns in the opposite direction from the handler.
Crossing during a PVR is a bit of an advanced flatwork maneuver, but it should be relatively easy if we have a solid drop and our flatwork foundation is solid.
The way the Pawsitive Vybe Ribbon is constructed, our dogs are likely to mistake the PVR for a simple Go Around. If we look at the…
Ron and Leilani demonstrate some flatwork and crossing at the farm in 2008. This is how some dogs play the game of disc. Leilani’s interesting because of her intensity on the Flank.
Are you feeding your dog’s patterns or leading them? Creating and maintaining cool patterns in freestyle disc is a balancing act…