When playing dogfrisbee it’s all about you throwing a frisbee and the dog trying to catch it. This can be done in either a recreational or a competitive way. Throwing a frisbee can be done in a number of ways.
Like with all types of dogsport it’s all about cooperation with your dog and the connection you create together by doing that. This connection is what makes exercising with a Frisbee together so great.
Why dog frisbee?
Everyone that owns a dog that loves to run and play, has played with a frisbee one time or another. On grass turf or on the beach, it’s nice to have fun together this way because you both exercise this way. For you, it is also abut keeping in control as well as mastering all the specific throws there are.
But when you feel that you and your dog might have some talent and you want to take it one step further, Dogfrisbee (sometimes called “Discdogging”) might be something for you.
There are more than a hundred different types of throws you can use. The best way to discover all these possibilities is to follow a course somewhere at a dogfrisbee-club nearby. From there, you can discover the world of dogfrisbee, in which there are various competition formats and game you can play. In the Netherlands, www.dogfrisbee.nl is the best place to start.
In terms of the materials you can use, we at frisbeeshop try to be the absolute best in terms of quality, sustainability and service. Our aim is for you to use a Frisbee to have fun, without having to worry about the safety of your dog.
Is your dog suitable for dog frisbee?
Every dog can have recreational fun with a frisbee, but not every dog is well equipped for competitive dogfrisbee in terms of physique and motivation.
Typically, working dogs are the most competitive and really want to work for you. For them, being able to catch the Frisbee is the ultimate reward. For the heavy, bigger varieties of dogs it can be very physically demanding to run hard and dump and turn all the time. Dog breeds with a very short nose can encounter difficulty taking the Frisbee in the mouth.
But whenever you and your dog like playing with a frisbee, contacting a dogfrisbeeclub near you is something we would advise you to try. It’s much fun, you get in touch with other people with dogs near you and you learn stuff together.
Recreational Dogfrisbee or Competativeness?
Most people start with dogfrisbee in a recreational way, at a dogfrisbee club or dog training school that uses frisbee. From there, some grow towards competative dogfrisbee.
Within competative dogfrisbee there are several formats and games you can play. In some, it’s all about the techniques you use, in others you make up choreography together with your dog and show it to the judges on the music of your choice.
It is very important that you show control and knowledge about what you are doing. First, a good technique ensures success in catching as well as safety for your dog. In general terms, this is also the case when you are playing with your dog on the beach off course.
Where can I play this dogfrisbeesport?
Playng catch with a frisbee is usuelaly done outside, on a level grass truf area or beach. A horse riding school can also be a possibility. Dog frisbee on a non-level field, slippery surface or in very mullet sand is not very smart. There are riscs of mussle and/or bone injury for your dog and yourself.
What types of discs do you need for dogfrisbee?
Frisbees that are made of hard plastics are not suitable for dogfrisbee. They are to rigid and can break into sharp edges and will damage the mouth of your dog.
Special competition discs are used, that try to strike the right balance between toughness and softness. For every use, this balance is different. For some, this means a disc you can bend for others it means a disc that holds its shape whenever you throw harder.
On our website, we try to give you the right information in the right places. But whenever you have questions, let us know. The choice between a biteproof or a non bite-resistant Frisbee is usually one you have to make for yourself. Price, Durability and behavioural issues as well as durability issues all play a roll there.