DOC is our Environmental Management Protocol. It is designed to help dog trainers learn to passively handle their dogs through shaping and reward and repetition.
There are a bunch of approaches to handling reactive or distracted dogs. Regardless of what methodology you use, here are three simple things you can do to become more successful with your reactive dog.
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.
Slowing down a disc dog’s on field movements is important for safety and performance. It is also important for your dog’s frame of mind as well. Thoughtful and purposeful work is always better than bonkers. Here’s 8 tips to help you slow down your dog:
Success is contagious and habit forming. Failure is contagious and habit forming. Which one do you do more of in your throwing practice?
The key to throwing the Airbounce is to have a perfectly clean release at the simplest expression of the throw. If you can’t perform the throw at it’s essence, how in the world are you going to master it and be able to master it when the power, speed and physics of a serious Airbounce multiply the difficulty?
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Shaping a Give with a Single Toy.
Sometimes when dogs are learning the game of bitework, they can really tear the disc out of your hand after you ask for the Give. Here’s a simple video that can be quite effective for handling this.
Note: in the video linked above, LaVerne demonstrates this exercise at 15:14 and 23:16 Freeshaped Multiple Target Targeting is a training exercise that we do with nearly all of our clients who take personal lessons from us. It is a great learning opportunity for both dog and handler and really does a great job of […]