Preparation for frisbee is a series of four courses that are meant to turn newbie dog frisbee adept into a team with good foundations that allow them to have fun with flying plastic safely.
What is a Foundation?
It’s a group of skills and behaviors. Whenever we think about where to start we should consider where do we want to end up. What our dog will be doing few years from now?
In most general terms dogfrisbee is a game where dogs chase, jump and catch. So our plan should contain:
- Physical preparation- conditioning muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons for all those taxing, flashy behaviors.
- Skills- dog will need to keep track of what it’s body while traveling with high speed. Be able to follow flying discs and adjust it’s behavior accordingly, showcase tremendous coordination of entire body
- Behaviors- there is simply a lot of stuff that our dog needs to do. We can throw him into deep water and hope that it will be fine… Disclaimer usually it ends with” my dog is bad a frisbee”. Or we can teach what to do instead. Your choice.
Do we doing part one?
In short we “teach rewards”. It’s a collection of tug based games that teach a dog all those minor things that we don’t appreciate when they are there but we can get very frustrated when they aren’t.
Exercises with a dog:
- Quality tug- how to do is right? How to make a great reinforcer and strength exercise out of it.
- Catch the rat- introduction to chasing. Teaches a dog how to execute effective catch on moving target. How to control its body and judging the distance between him/her and a toy.
- Drop – if you teach your dog to drop by grabbing its color you are doing it wrong. You will learn four different dropping games. Your dog will think “how can I make this human monkey to ask me to drop”
- Exchange- swiftly changing from playing with one toy to another. Imagine cool looking freestyle routine. Would it be equally cool if a dog had no idea when to refocus from one frisbee to another. It’s also often used reinforcement procedure.
- Follow me- base for fetch is a dog that wants to come back and share a toy with you. That’s what we are teaching here.
- Tossing toys- it’s combined catch a rat with following.
You will receive one exercise per week. On top of that additional lectures covering more specific aspects and topics.
In order to to take maximal benefit out of this course you and your dog should be able to tug “happily” for around 30 seconds. If you struggle with it you should check out my course “Iron Jaws” before signing up for preparation for frisbee.