5 Disc Doggin’ Tips For Sporty Noobs
Disc doggin’ is a great way to have some fun in the summer sun with your best four legged friend. The pack and I are just about to head out on the road to take part in several competitions around the country. But before I go, I want to leave you with five tips to keep in mind if you’re just getting started. If your goal is to compete, or just have fun at the park, they’ll come in handy for a successful disc doggin’ session.
- Leave the dog at home. What!? No, you’re not missing anything. I know this one sounds crazy, but take some time to work on your own throws without the dog. Bring a stack of discs with you to the park or an open area and toss them all going the same direction. When you run out of discs, go fetch them… and toss them back toward the direction where you started. It’s a lot less enjoyable without your dog, but your dog will have a lot more fun when your throws are accurate and consistent.
- Don’t scrimp on the basics – buy a decent dog safe disc. Not all discs are created equal or created safe… so skip the dollar store on this purchase! A hard, plastic disc is great for playing with your two legged human friends, but will shatter into a million pieces when your dog bites down on it. And all those sharp plastic shards in the mouth? Your dog won’t think that’s fun at all. A safe, quality dog disc comes in rubber, fabric or soft plastic – even when this material is punctured by a sharp tooth, it won’t shatter. After extended use, inspect your discs and toss them in the trash when they are no longer safe for play.
Related: The Superdog Guide To Flyball
Have a safe flight. It looks super cool when your dog jumps 10 feet to snatch a flying disc from the sky. But if the same dog lands badly after the gravity-defying jump and injures himself, it’s not so cool! A safe landing needs all four feet hitting the ground at the same time. Practice safe landings and don’t encourage your dog to take any crazy jumps.
Kevin Roberts lives for adventure. Together with his pack of rescue dogs and his husband, he spends as much time outdoors as possible. Kevin lives by the motto: "Get outside and play with your dogs!
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