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Busy Bees: Disc-Dog-in-Training


In disc dog competitions, pups and their people bond and work together while getting some exercise in the process. The doggies and disc throwers compete in events such as distance catching and somewhat choreographed freestyle catching. There are many different organizations that host competitions and championships around the world – and offer local training groups to get started. If you think your pup is ready to try out this sport, check out my disc dog tips to start at home when you read more.

  • Choose a disc that matches his size – most little pups don't want to see a huge platter flying at their heads and will have trouble catching it midair. Although many dogs will use traditional frisbees, discs created for dogs can be softer and easier for them to catch.
  • Get your pet interested in the disc. Introduce the disc as a new fun toy. It can help to practice outside to save your lamps, and make it easier for doggies to pick up the discs off soft ground over hardwood floors.
  • Make sure your pet has mastered fetch or else your game will be very short-lived. Start by just teaching your pets to "go get" and "give back" before focusing on catching.
  • The easiest way to start is to have your pup in front facing you and then gently throw the disc in his direction. Based on your height (and his height) adjust the height you throw the disc at. Some pups are better at looking up and judging where to go and others can outrun to catch a low flyer.
  • After your pooch has mastered that game, have your pup stand (or sit) at your side watching you. When you throw the disc, he has to watch, run, and catch it.
  • Many competitions tally score based on the number of consecutive catches a pup makes and his ability to run far out in different directions. When you've mastered the sport, buy some spare discs. Then you can teach your pet to catch, drop, and start again.

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