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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


  • 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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CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 9 years
JessNess, my dog did that all the time! She couldn't figure out why she couldn't pick it up. If I had a dog I would totally try to train this. I would even love to go watch dogs doing this.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I tried to play frsibee with my oldest dog since she is really good at catching balls in the air. I found out shes kind of stupid at frisbee and would rather just chew on the disc. The funny part is when she tries to pick it off the ground but keeps putting her paw on it:oy: The little one doesnt really know how to play fetch and cannot catch anything in the air (in terms of toys...birds are a little different :o)so I dont even try with would probably just hit him in the face
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