7 Keys to Safe and Successful Disc Dog Vaults

7 Keys to Safe and Successful Disc Dog Vaults


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Wait The most important skill for successful and safe vaulting is a solid Wait. The End. A solid wait is the key because a vault is a complex, team oriented operation. Perfect timing, especially in the learning phase, is absolutely critical. Nothing throws your timing off like a dog who won’t Wait. A weak Wait […]

5 Styles of Disc Dog Freestyle

5 Styles of Disc Dog Freestyle


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What Kind of Player are You? When playing disc with your dog, what is it that you are trying to do? Are you trying to be an athletic team? Putting on a show? Is it all about the catches? Just trying to keep up with your dog? Of course you are trying to do all […]

Loot Rewind – Back Chaining a Disc Dog Routine

Loot Rewind – Back Chaining a Disc Dog Routine


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Routines can be looked at as a super long sequence of tricks, or they can be broken down into Disc Dog Sequences. Building routines out of sequences means a more manageable number of working parts and a creates ready made framework for practice and perfection of the routine. Whether you have created your sequences via Jam […]

Disc Dog Leap Training – Localized Landing

Disc Dog Leap Training – Localized Landing


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This is an excerpt from my recent book, the Art of K9Disc. Choosing the spot where the dog will land is great for helping him learn how to leap well. Localized Landing is a skill that helps a dog leap more thoughtfully by making the landing an important variable and integral part of the plan. EQUIPMENT […]

Epic Learning Hoop – Tricks to the Trick

Epic Learning Hoop – Tricks to the Trick


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Trick to the Trick: Prompt Switch The prompt switch is a technique used for changing a cue from one signal to another. To employ a prompt switch, the handler simply puts the new or weak cue in front of the strong or established cue. To change the verbal cue for the sit behavior from “Sit” […]

Fixing a Dog Who Can’t Catch – Part 2

Fixing a Dog Who Can’t Catch – Part 2


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this is the second installment in this series. Check out part 1. continued from part 1 – yes, this is the same video but you should watch it again… Roller A Roller is a vital skill for disc dog training, and is simply a disc that rolls on end like a wagon wheel. The Roller […]

Fixing a Dog Who Can’t Catch – Part 1 of 2

Fixing a Dog Who Can’t Catch – Part 1 of 2


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sometimes dogs learn the funniest things. like Viper here… he thinks the object of the game is to pick up the disc off the ground. unlearning that and teaching a catch can be a tough job. here’s a session from a recent disc dog camp on solving this problem. Jaimie & Viper came to disc […]

Pulling the Strings Into a Common Thread

Pulling the Strings Into a Common Thread


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So far in this series I’ve used a metaphor to explain the complex and interrelated nature of behaviors and behavior chains – behavioral problems are knots made out of little strings of behavior. This metaphor fits the confusion and frustration that we experience when trying to solve problems with our dogs. It also brings into […]

10 Strings to Pull to Manage Drive and Untie Behavioral Knots – Pt 2

10 Strings to Pull to Manage Drive and Untie Behavioral Knots – Pt 2


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The last two installments of this series outlined the behavioral strings and knots metaphor and examined 5 ‘strings’ of behavior and their relationship to behavioral knots and to each other. I am going to continue to stretch this metaphor and cover some less tangible behavioral strings that are precursors and requirements for engagement, interaction, and […]

10 Strings to Pull to Manage Drive and Untie Behavioral Knots – Pt 1

10 Strings to Pull to Manage Drive and Untie Behavioral Knots – Pt 1


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Yesterday’s piece was about how solving behavioral problems is kind of like untangling knots. Today I’m going to talk about the strings that make up the behaviors and how they can be used as well as what happens to other strings when you tug on them with bitework. Favorite

Pulling Strings and Untying Behavioral Knots with Bitework

Pulling Strings and Untying Behavioral Knots with Bitework


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solving problems with bitework is like untying a knot. work on one strand or maybe a couple at a time and tug, loosen, and manipulate those strands to free up space, or to align the strands so you can untie the knot. Pulling Strings You pull strings in bitework through reinforcement. Let’s say you have […]

Proper vaulting with Loot

Proper vaulting with Loot


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Here’s a quick little hit with Loot. Working on proper vault timing. Notice that the disc is in position before he has left the ground. Loot made one decision, from the ground, to go get this disc: If the disc is thrown for the vault after the dog leaves the ground he leaves the ground without […]

Go Do Dog Stuff: Seven Simple Ideas for Effective Dismissal

Go Do Dog Stuff: Seven Simple Ideas for Effective Dismissal


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What Is Dismissal? Dismissal is the opposite of Attention. Practically speaking, it means that the handler is not available at this time. It does not mean “we’re done working”. It does not mean “you may stop doing that”. It means I (the handler) am not available now and you may amuse yourself for a while. […]

Counter Clockwise Flank

Counter Clockwise Flank


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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. Favorite

Curing Premature Ejumpulation in Disc Dogs

Curing Premature Ejumpulation in Disc Dogs

We’re often asked about the serious disc dog problem of Premature Ejumpulation. Nothing is more frustrating than having an awesome freestyle dog that does everything right and then totally bones out in your toss and fetch round – jumping for discs at 12 feet in the air as they soar under the disc with a heroic leap. Or they over-pursue and try to head off the disc by getting in front of it. Believe me, I know.