Monthly Archives: March 2013
We had a UFO local in Norco. The weather was perfect and the competition ran smoothly. It was really a special time for my group of rabid disc doggies. All four of them got to play and a bit of history was made!
Tooney had a perfect round of freestyle! It was something I always wanted to achieve with each dog. I never expected it to happen at her current age of 10.5, but I am so happy she did it! Interestingly enough, Enzo had a perfect round on the same field last year. Here is her round:
Slayte has been very distracted at disc dog competitions. We’ve tried all sorts of different ideas of how to handle it with little success. We noticed that he tends to be distracted in freestyle with long throws. We decided I would simply keep most of the throws very short and throw a few longer ones at the end. This was our first attempt at it and he did really well with the new idea! I really think this will work in the long run. He did great in toss and fetch (got 5 throws off!) and the result was that he placed higher than Enzo in a freestyle competition for the first time ever! Slayte also played with Jenn and got 3rd place in intermediate with her!
Muse was a huge surprise. She’s only 7 months old, but showed a ton of maturity. In her first round with me, she was spectacular. As the day went on, she got a bit tired and the wind picked up so she had some minor struggles in the other rounds, but it was still impressive!
Not to gloss over it, but Enzo also did really well, especially in his toss/fetch round. He’s had countless great competitions, so it’s time to give the others more face time. I am so elated with how the dogs performed and so lucky to be able to compete with all of them.
Muse is going to likely debut her freestyle at competition in a couple of weeks at our UFO major. I wasn’t planning to do it so early with her, but she’s doing so well that I think it’s time to do it! She isn’t doing any tricks at all, but already can do a nice, smooth and consistent round of freestyle. I don’t have any real sequences yet but I am able to “freestyle” it pretty well with her. She’s easy to work with.
The 2013 disc dog season already started for us with an invitation to the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in Las Vegas. Enzo had a great round of freestyle!
Here are the goals for the 2013 season:
Goals for Myself
* Master the forehand throw to a point where it is nearly as reliable as my backhand, especially in wind. A change in grip may be in order.
* Develop another difficult move / throw such as a type of back roll, kick or something similar.
* Ability to throw consistently over 65 yards.
Goals for Tooney
What can I say about Tooney. She’s going to turn 11 this season and as long as she’s having a good time, that’s all that matters.
* My goal is for her to be able to compete the whole year or at least most of the year.
Goals for Enzo
Enzo is officially no longer the focus of my disc dog training and planning for competition, traveling, etc. He has accomplished so much for me that it is all just bonus from this point forward.
* My only goal for Enzo is to remain healthy so that he can have a long career.
Goals for Slayte
Slayte is a huge challenge for me. In practice he is the model disc dog. He’s fast, jumps high and catches almost everything. At competition, he becomes distracted, withdrawn and sometimes seems sad.
* Unlike last year when I had big plans for Slayte, this year I have one simple goal. By the end of the year, Slayte is putting 100% effort at competitions.
Goals for Muse
Muse is a special puppy. Right now she’s 7 months old and has all the natural abilities to make a good disc dog: strong play drive, good focus, off the charts prey drive and awesome tracking ability. This little girl has the potential to do some very, very special things in the disc dog world. It is hard to contain my excitement!
* She has shown some distractibility in public. By the end of the season, reduce the distraction level to near zero.
* Get 5 throws at 30+ yards in a 1 minute toss and fetch round by the end of the season (even if not recorded at a competition).
* Score 17+ in a toss and fetch round.
* Develop a full 2 minute freestyle routine.
* In competition, have an 85% catch ratio freestyle round. Honestly I don’t think this is realistic to expect for a young puppy, but it makes for a nice challenge for me to be able to throw discs good enough for her to catch that successfully!
* Develop the ability to catch highly complex and difficult throws that the other dogs are unable to catch. I think she has the ability to do it. My goal is to put 5 of these throws into her routine.
* Consistently catch butterfly throws. Currently she is 50% at best. 90% is the target.
* Place top 3 at a local competition or top 5 at a major. Again, this is unrealistic but makes for a fun goal. Her best shot is at a Skyhoundz event.