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Additional Tips for Success
- To reduce impact on the joints, a dog should always land on all fours. If you notice that your dog tends to land on two legs, try using a hoop toy to properly train him to jump. This will force him to bring up the hind legs when jumping in the air.
- Don’t let your pet play with the disc unless you are engaged in play with him. Chewing on a plastic disc can damage your dog's teeth, and will force you to replace the discs frequently. The disc has to be in good shape in order to fly properly and stay under your control. Plus, bringing it out for interactive play will make it more exciting for your dog. This is a great game for bonding.
- Check online and in newspapers for disc dog events in your area. (Note that generally, disc players will refer to the sport as “disc dog” because the Frisbee name is trademarked, but you can also use the term “Frisbee dog” to search for groups and events in your area.) There are dog clubs and events held across the country, and indeed, throughout the world. This is a great way for dog lovers and disc sport enthusiast to get together and hone their skills at any level.
- Always be aware of your dog’s comfort level during play and make sure he is hydrated and protected from excess sun. Never forget that this is more than play; it is a sporting activity and needs to be treated as such. Muscle and joint injuries can occur, and foot pad injuries need to be treated immediately to avoid infection. If your dog is panting heavily, drooling excessively, vomits, or seems disoriented, immediately take a break from play, get your dog into some shade and give him controlled amounts of water (too much water at once can cause its own problems).
- Start slow, stay consistent, be patient, and don’t expect your dog to become a champion disc player over night. Above all else, have fun.
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