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Disc Dog Training


Benny Wong Does Disc Dog Training from mark brownton on Vimeo.

Novice Level 101

By Chris Gardner

This lesson is geared towards novice/young dogs:

  • Basic obedience-sit stay and come mastered prior to Frisbee.

  • Always walk onto field w/leashed dog to help enforce obedience and deter roaming and distracting smells.

  • Always allow dog to eliminate prior to each round of competition.

  • Don’t over train dog. 2-4 times a week is safe.

  • If you want to practice more, go throw discs w/o dog 1-2 times a week . I make my dog stay in down command prior to 1st throw. This helps to eliminate false starts and reinforces the dogs focus on me.

  • I teach my dog to circle around me when I throw. This allows me extra time so the throw is not rushed. It also allows dog to see me throw the disc, which aids in the dogs tracking and increases chance of successful catch of disc.

  • Timing- as you both progress in mini-distance, work more on timing. Throwing too late will allow the dog to out run the throw; the dog may spin or lose focus on the disc and cause a miss. Too soon a throw may be out of reach of dog causing miss, or dog may sprint and catch disc, but may take extra steps when turning around to return to you, wasting valuable time.

  • Do not be intimidated to throw long just because the “big” guys can. They have all blown it “big” time.

  • My strategy is to maximize catch ratio, not go for broke.

  • Points count, misses waste time. However you chose to throw, realize your dog’s limits. Your dog has to run twice your throwing distance.

  • If you throw 40 yds, you can get in approx. 4 throws…if you throw 20yds you may get in 7-8 throws.. Each catch =points.  In a close competition ½ point may decide winner.

  • Wind- if you throw w/wind, the disc will go farther but drop quickly (fast dog)…into wind- the disc hangs in the air, and allows the dog to set up for catch and also may encourage dog to leap into air.

  • Don’t wear sun glasses if possible. Eye contact can be a great tool for dog and handler----

  • Always check the field for damage for dog’s safety (holes, sprinklers, patches of sod or sharp objects)…

For additional disc training information, see the following links:

TRAINING ARTICLES BY MELISSA HEETER
TOP DOG TRAINING ARTICLES BY PAM MARTIN
DALLAS DOG & DISC CLUB
BACK TO THE BASICS by William Linné
FRISBEE FUNDAMENTALS by LAWRENCE FREDERICK
INDY DOG & DISC CLUB - GETTING STARTED
DR. P's DOG TRAINING (Converting Prey to Play)
HYPERFLITE - DISC DOGS ROCK
FURRARI AUSSIES TRAINING
YOUTUBE - DISC DOG TRAINING


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