Duchess...will play frisbee...but she will just act all excited about me throwing it...then run it down...but not catch it...she only catches it if it is thrown kinda high and right at her or a little to the side. coco our lab mix is our frisbee dog for sure.
Kratty has some great videos of Nikita playing frisbee...I think there may be one in his gallery...but the dobes that do play frisbee are truly amazing!
I started with low and slow discs but that's mainly because I didn't know how to throw it! As I got better at controlling the frisbee, she kept up, in fact, she's always been much better at it than me Just be careful to keep the discs low until he matures, the hard landings aren't so good for maturing bones and joints.
Kratty really helped me out with lots of tips when we first started. His Nikita is an awesome frisbee dog - here's a link to a video of her (http://www.clipshack.com/Clip.aspx?key=B50A2875E95209E0) and here is my favorite Nikita/frisbee pic
And here is a link to a forum for disc dog talk (http://www.k9disc.com/talk/) most of the people there compete and have absolutely amazing dogs - but even though they're competitors, they are more than willing to offer advice to newbies!
Most important thing about frisbee is keep it positive don't let him get too worn out (always quit while he's still wanting more) and have fun!!!
We are aspiring frisbee players. I throw and they watch me chase it down. Thats about as far as it goes here. They are really silent cheerleaders at heart. Why are my dogs so LAZY! Although, Doodle likes to play frisbee somewhat. He can't play though because he eats the frisbees. So we play with a rope ball. He does well with it. And the other two act like they are going to go after it to fake him out. He freaks.
Java is working her way to catching them in mid-air. We have video of her chasing after the Frisbee and tripping over her big puppy paws and going ass-over-teakettle trying to stop and pick it up. Loves it!
Hope this makes sense. This is how I got my girl to catch them
If you have an active fetch/retriever to begin with, this makes things a whole lot easier to teach to catch a Frisbee. First you need to get them familiar with fetching and retrieving the Frisbee. It should be quite easy to throw it and they should be able to retrieve it. Start with a very short distance and then increase the distance when they have the shorter distances down. At this time do not throw it high in the air. Keep it around eye level while you throw it. Most dogs need to learn to track an object in the air. It does not come naturally to them.
To learn to catch a Frisbee: Start at very short distances and toss the Frisbee to them at eye level. The natural reaction should be catching it. Like if you were toss them a ball to catch. The dog will probably be facing you when you do this, so they will see it coming. After they have started to catch it, start tossing it a little higher in the air to them. You want them to start to follow the Frisbee with their eyes in the air. After a bit, you would slowly increase the distance and the height of your toss. The real key is to have them following the Frisbee in the air with their eyes. When they are looking up naturally for the Frisbee then they are tracking it.
Start to increase the distance of your throws and mix it up with the heights, some low and some high ones to keep them tracking it. Try to keep your Frisbee tosses very light to get the Frisbee to hang in the air. With this, then they will start to jump up for the Frisbee. Keep the jumping to a minimum at first until they get comfortable with it. You do not want to over do it, because they can injure themselves on their landings. I would say the hardest part is to get the Frisbee toss right. It’s always us humans that need work.
After doing this for a while you will see what modifications you need to do to tie this together.
Things to watch out for:
Keep this fun. If the dog is starting to get bored, you want to end the game before they do. This way, you leave them wanting more. You want the game to be more important to them than it is to you.
Do not let them over do it on the jumping. This can put a lot of stress on their bones in young dogs. Dogs under a year old should not be jumping because their bones are not fully developed yet. Mix it up with a lot of low throws for them to chase in the air without catching a lot of air. We break this up a lot. I might let her catch some air on one day and then the next day I will do long, low throws to so she won’t catch air.
Tracking the Frisbee in the air is important. If they do not look up and follow the Frisbee in the air, it is difficult for them to learn to catch it.
This is how I got my girl to catch a Frisbee. Let me know if I need to explain in more detail about this. I wrote this off the top of my head and may have not been clear on some things. Hope this works for you. Have fun.
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