Disc Dogs – Dog Frisbee
The Dog Frisbee sports (“Disc Dog”) is beeing practised in the United States for more than 25 years. It is very popular and widespread among sporty dog owners.
In Disc Dog the collaboration between animal and man is fundamental. Both therefore have to train for the sport, as a dog, no matter how talented, can only show its skills if the Frisbee is thrown correctly.
Through its variety, Dog Frisbee is really something for every healthy dog, regardless of race, gender, height and weight. As with all other dog activities, also in Disc Dog its vital that the dog has fun doing it. Therefore, here is exactly as it should be in the dog training: motivation instead of enfourcement, positive encouragement instead of punishment, and non-verbal communication instead of shouting.
The dog should be slowly get used to the disc, he must learn to see the frisbee as prey, because then his natural hunting instincts arouse. Therefore one should initially roll the Frisbee across the floor. The first catch in the air for dog might be difficult. Once the dog got used to the disc, you can go to step two.
Also catching the disc in the air, must be addressed slowly. Short throws at the beginning, and then slowly start throwing out further distances. It is important to reward the dog with treats or pats and not overwhelm him!
If this is done, you can train the different disciplines of Disc Dogs.
During training however, you should consider the following tips:
Training your dog to Sit!
Whenever a dog hears his feeding dish being handled, or his leash being taken from its place it knows what’s going to happen. So the Puppy is very early able to understand the connection food – cup, or walk – leash and anticipate the outcome. This is exactly what we are going to take advantage of.
The moment the Puppy sits down by himself we say “sit”. Repeatingly using the sit! command whenever the Puppy sits down will make your dog connect action and command. As with the cup and leash example the dog will sit down although the command is happening before the action taking place. Of course the Puppy will only sit down if not “disturbed” by something of major importance.