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Old 08-07-2013, 06:43 PM
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Thanks for the input! I definitely feel better running him from right to left, tried a few from left to right and when he got the hang of it, it still didn't feel right.

Dex, I can see what you're saying. When I throw the disc it has a tendency to swing a bit to the right so he would have an easier time catching it and being in the right place if he went from left to right. So I'll try to keep working on the other direction as well and maybe with some more practice that will be more helpful for us, who knows.

Saturday is another competition (D/A of course lol) so we are preparing.

Any Tips? Video from today

Wow, Go Talon!! He is doing awesome, love that long distance. He's such a good looking dog too, I just love him.

I was curious about direction, too, because I always feel like I was doing it wrong, lol.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:44 PM
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There's a disc tournament this weekend close to my house that I really want to go to! Hopefully I'll get some pics.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:02 PM
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Haven't posted on here in ages, but Dorkdog's disciness continues. He was left home all day without me, so was very very excited about playing when I got home. We did a tiny bit of sequencing stuff. Just going for a longer throw or 2 and then doing some over my leg catching, he's never done anything continuously before. He's so darn cute, we got up to six different throws in a row and he was awesome. Proud of the silly boy.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:28 PM
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OMG today was the competition. Pt wise this was the worst we've ever done, but we did so freaking awesome!!! I left this competition feeling the best!

First round was horrible! Talon wasn't totally focused, but I think it was because he could tell I was terribly nervous. I pretty much just froze and tossed, which was why we didn't do well.

Second round though I threw a total of 4 throw, and 3 of those throw were FIVE PT THROWS!!!!! Talon got all throws except one, one I threw way out of bounds, would've been about 3pts. He caught the rest, but other than the one he missed, I threw 2 just slightly out of bounds. Like...just barely over the line >_<

Someone I had seen and commented on Talon in the last comp came up to me after the second round to congratulate me and tell me he was amazed at the improvement in my throwing! Of course, no pics >_< but YAY! I'm so excited!!!

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Wow, Go Talon!! He is doing awesome, love that long distance. He's such a good looking dog too, I just love him.

I was curious about direction, too, because I always feel like I was doing it wrong, lol.
Thanks!
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:10 AM
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Go Talon!!!! That's awesome! Also, great throwing, I suck at toss & fetch throws.


We had another fun filled disc dog weekend. MNDDC's Star Jam was Saturday night. Zinga placed 3rd in Open Freestyle and 3rd Overall. Zuma placed 2nd in Open Freestyle, 3rd in Open Toss & Fetch and 1st Overall.

The really fun part was that Zip Tie and my husband were able to compete for the first time! They were entered in novice toss & fetch and had a really, really nice round with 5 throws and 5 catches, but two of those were foot faults. He finished in 4th place out of 19 dogs. Zip was super focused, had awesome go arounds and some serious hustle!

Sunday we had a throwing clinic hosted by Andrew Han. If any of you ever get the opportunity to work with him, you better take advantage of it! He is awesome at freestyle and has some of the coolest and most unique throws out there. I learned soooo much from him!! He also gave me some pointers on my crappy toss & fetch throws and I could instantly feel a difference. Went out and played with the girls last night and threw only three crappy ones, the rest were awesome.

Next up for us on the calender is the AWI Last Chance Qualifier in Naperville, IL next weekend. Super excited to go, this is my first time to Naperville!
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:41 PM
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Lugia really has taken me by surprise! Just over the past 1-2 months she's developed a very nice drive for the disc - seeing her go on an all-out sprint to catch a low-flying disc is completely breathtaking. This morning I tried to get her to do a Pendulum but she drops the disc before I'd say "out" (but if she had a soft disc she'd hold it the entire way until I asked her to drop it). I'm not sure if this is an issue with her maybe not liking how it feels in her mouth (we're using hyperflite CS pup discs)? She knows how to retrieve to hand using any other toy, but doesn't seem to want to do it with a disc.
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Old 08-24-2013, 04:25 PM
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I've been working on various disc stuff with Onyx, mostly going pretty well. She's not showing much inclination towards catching the disc yet, and I'm wondering if that is just something that tends to come with time? or is there stuff I could be doing to help? She has caught it a couple times, but mostly just lets it land. I'm sure I could be throwing better.

Going to try to take some video today.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:44 PM
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Ok, had a bit of a frustrating session today. I think it was an off day (Onyx has had a bit of diarrhea yesterday and today so I'm wondering if she's maybe not feeling 100%).

Some things we're having issues with, and could use some advice?

She isn't the best at bringing the disc all the way back in, she tends to drop it part way, already wanting the next one. I generally ask her to go get it, and don't throw the next one until she's brought the first in and waited til I ask her to drop it...but it kind of slows the game down and we lose momentum. I also have tried just playing with one disc and tugging when she brings it back. That seems to work pretty well. But I want to get her speed and drive up with the multiple discs.

Sometimes she doesn't even really want to pick up the disc at all, she sometimes has a hard time getting it off the ground, or she'll STAND on it while trying to pick it up (ahem, my little smartie...), and once again she's just kind of looking to me to throw the next one, or she'll start digging at the one she's trying to pick up, scooting it around, and generally taking forever to pick it up. Really slows down the game!

I've had days where we didn't have these problems, but that's what happened today so I figured I would see what people have to say.

I'm trying sometimes holding her back while I throw the disc and racing her to it, so she feels like she'd better pick it up fast, it does seem to help. Also I think I could possibly keep the sessions shorter.

Also, a couple times recently I've let her play with a disc at the beach, sometimes throwing it for her, but she's also just kind of playing with it on her own sometimes, and I think maybe this is not the best idea, and I should keep the disc for only playing with me and trying to keep the game really intense.

Even just writing some of this stuff out is helping me think of things!
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:00 AM
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I have some advice but won't be able to type it up until I'm back in town, most likely Monday! Too long of answers to write out on my phone. Quick advice though, go back to working with one disc to help the return to hand.
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:15 AM
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I have no experience in disc dogs, but a book I read suggested marking when the dog bites the disc, first on your hand, then letting it fall, putting the biting on cue. That way you can ask the dog not only to retrieve it, but to catch it on the air.
It may help you ^^
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