Jam in a Flash – The Lesson of the Jam

Jam in a Flash – The Lesson of the Jam


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Getting a fresh new sequence is totally the goal of a Flash Jam, but it’s not the only goal, it might not even be the important one. Many jams whipped up by our site or your cards are not going to be keepers. There are going to be a lot of lame sequences that get generated by […]

Jam in a Flash for Cookies with RustGrizzy


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RustGrizzy and DirtyErn work on a new sequence using cookies in a distraction filled environment using the Art of Linking Tricks and a FlashJam created here on site. Handling a Distracted Dog Rust is pretty distracted here. There is something in the air, for sure. In the background the community garden is in full effect, something […]

Jam in a Flash for Cookies with RustGrizzy


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RustGrizzy and DirtyErn work on a new sequence using cookies in a distraction filled environment using the Art of Linking Tricks and a FlashJam created here on site. Handling a Distracted Dog Rust is pretty distracted here. There is something in the air, for sure. In the background the community garden is in full effect, something […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Metaphor and Understanding in Dog Training

Metaphor and Understanding in Dog Training

In our business, teaching people to do cool things with their dogs, we rely on metaphor all the time to communicate complex ideas. A metaphor can be tailored to a specific client or a team and can be used to help them succeed with their dog. Sometimes that means just simplifying the situation and placing the focus on the things we need to succeed, and sometimes we try to completely reframe the handler’s understanding

Success Vs Performance Requirements

Success Vs Performance Requirements

Disc dogger’s have a problem. We all want to play this game so darned much that it’s hard to remain consequent and focused on the component skills that build our game. Once our dogs start to approach the realm of performance potential, it’s hard to keep our focus on being successful because of the handler’s expectation of performance. This is classic putting the cart before the horse behavior and can be very detrimental to a team’s long term potential.

Anatomy of a Behavior

Anatomy of a Behavior

Most of the behaviors that we create with our dogs are really chains of small concepts and chains are only as strong as their weakest link. Dog trainers and dog sport handlers need to be able to break down complex behaviors, isolate the weak concepts and mark and reinforce them to make them stronger.

Marking with a Finger Point

Marking with a Finger Point


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One of the things we like to do at Pawsitive Vybe is to use a finger point to mark behaviors. The above video is a demonstration of the finger point mark. It’s real nice for keeping a dog’s focus on the handler and for silently marking behaviors. This is quite useful with multiple dogs because a […]