DISC DOGGIN' --- LETTING THE FUR FLY ! ! !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOUGH THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT OUR USUAL DATE AND PLACE, IT WILL BE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ACTIVITY FOR THE DOG THAF MEETUP.  PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION TO BE SURE THAT YOU WANT TO ATTEND AND CHANGE YOUR RSVP ACCORDINGLY.

 

Awesome Aussies, leaping Labs, rambunctious Retrievers, and magnificent mixed-breeds will be taking to the skies when a special guest, Mr Eric Miller, presents an introduction to DISC DOGS (aka Frisbee)!

This event offers something for every level from those of you who have never touched a frisbee to those who are already addicted to the sport.  Even if you don't have any idea how to get these things to fly through the air, Eric will teach you the basics of how this is done.  In addition, he will also cover intermediate and advanced disc-throwing.

Even if your dog won't even look at a disc, Eric will discuss introducing the disc and canine motivation. Participants will learn how to teach your dogs to catch, fetch and retrieve which is necessary for distance and accuracy.  He will also demonstrate the tricks and throwing methods used in the individual art of disc dog FREESTYLE.

Mr Eric Miller is the Organizer of the new and very active Meetup group called TRI-COUNTY DISC DOGS.  He started in the sport of Disc Dog (aka Canine Frisbee) almost 23 years ago. Along with his four-legged athletes, he has competed and performed throughout the U.S.  Eric will be demonstrating with his current disc dog, Bowie, a recently adopted 2 year old Aussie who is a beginner in the sport.  The training system that Eric will teach is the same one developed by Alex Stein who, along with his dog Ashley Whippet, won the first three world Frisbee disc championships.

This event is open to members with active, non-aggressive, well-socialized dogs of all sizes, and breeds that are at least 6 months old. As a courtesy to everyone attending, all dogs must remain leashed or crated when not training.  Bring a dog safe Frisbee.

Following Mr Miller's presentation, everyone is invited to stay and enjoy Off Leash Play In The Fields.  The fields are fully fenced and safe for dogs to run loose and play without constantly receiving correction. There is no time limit - you and your pets are welcome to stay for as long as you like.  Buckets of water for thirsty dogs will be available as well as chairs for members to make use of.

The evening prior to this event, specific directions to the location will be sent to everyone who RSVPs "Yes" to attend.

A donation will be accepted from those Dog THAF Members who choose to assist with the cost of this presentation and will be given to Mr Miller for his kind offer to contribute his time and expertise in presenting this event. Mr Miller is not charging for this event and your donations is much appreciated but completely voluntary.  Everyone is welcome to attend whether or not you wish to make a donation.

All dogs should be in healthy condition at each of our Meetups. If your canine is showing any sign of illness on the day that we are scheduled to Meetup, please do not have your doggie attend! This includes vomiting, diarrhea, or listlessness. Also do not attend if your canine is not up-to-date with routine veterinary care and vaccinations. If your dog shows ANY sign of illness or has been in contact with any ill canine within the previous week, please do not bring him/her to this Meetup.

Although not a requirement for attendance, your canine should have been recently dewormed or have had a veterinarian perform a fecal analysis to prove that he/she is free of parasites. If your dog should defecate in one of the fields at Tiff's, there is no need to clean up if it happens to be a distance from the action. Droppings in the yard or driveway should be picked up. Bring plastic bags to do this and - please! - help out the rest of us with this chore! There will be trash bags near the gates to the fields for disposing of full plastic bags.

Participation in any activity with the Dog Training Hiking And Fun Meetup is at your own risk. To the fullest extent allowed by law, all participants waive any claims against, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Dog Training Hiking And Fun Meetup group, it's organizers, affiliates, employees, officers, directors and contractors from all claims of liability of every type (including court costs and legal fees) for injury or death to any person or dog or for damage to property arising out of or relating to your participation as a member. This agreement applies to you, your dog(s) and to any other party who may accompany you in these endeavors.

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  • Jean

    Bandit and I really enjoyed it. Thanks to Eric Miller for all the helpful information. Hoping he will be back there more often.

    May 28, 2013

  • Cassandra f.

    I enjoyed training and the open play
    Also good conversation
    Thanks again for an enjoyable day

    May 21, 2013

  • Tiff

    Eric Miller
    Just to recap from today's clinic at Fairplay Farm:

    Basic rules
    1. Practice in safe area
    2. Keep session short
    3. Always end play before dog does
    4. End on a good note
    5. If you’re cranky, stop playing
    6. Provide water and shade
    7. Put discs away when done (they are not chew toys)
    8. Dogs under two should not be encouraged to jump
    9. No tug of war games

    Introducing the disc to dog
    1. Feeding dog out of disc
    2. Sliders
    3. Rollers
    4. “Take” w/handler in fixed position
    5. “Take” w/handler movement
    6. “Drop”

    Thank you Jan and the entire Dog Training, Hiking and Fun Meetup!

    -Eric, Andrew and Bowie the Aussie

    May 21, 2013

    • Tiff

      Special thanks to Eric for offering such a wonderful training program for us to enjoy!

      May 21, 2013

    • Chloe

      Helpful, thank you!

      May 21, 2013

  • Mira B.

    Love to see everybody and their babies

    May 19, 2013

  • Eric M.

    Bowie and I had a great time coming out to FairPlay. Glad the rain held off until we finished playing Frisbee and fun time with the dogs.

    May 18, 2013

  • Mira B.

    Did attend this training.

    May 18, 2013

  • Vicky B.

    I think my dog would be too distracted by the other dogs to be able to participate at this point. Would like to try it in the future! Will be back for open play next time!

    May 18, 2013

  • sabra

    Is there a time we could come after Frisbee for open play? I don't feel like my dogs listen to me enough for something like this.

    May 18, 2013

  • Monica

    Next time! My dog refuses to play with toys

    May 13, 2013

    • Tiff

      I can relate! None of mine have any interest in toys. But I went to an event offered by Eric's Meetup, the Tri-County Disc Dogs and learned of ways to entice a reluctant dog to gain some interest.

      May 17, 2013

    • Monica

      Hmmmm.....sounds like that may be the place for me. She really responds to walks (which sometimes can be a pain!) and the dog park. I would love to bring her by after the Frisbee activities.

      May 17, 2013

  • Tresa S.

    What time will the training be over? My dog is not yet 6 mos but I would like to give him an opportunity at open play.

    May 17, 2013

  • Laura M.

    Rocky and my schedule may not allow us to make this event, but we are VERY interested! I have a few questions...

    1. If there an age that's too young to practice regularly? Rocky is 10 months.
    2. Can anyone recommend a good disc?

    Laura Martschenko

    May 5, 2013

    • Tiff

      Check out the Dog THAF Facebook page where I posted some links on where to get dog discs and some other cool stuff. I ordered a few and they were not expensive.

      May 17, 2013

  • John C.

    It's not clear if the back field will be open for our regular off-leash play. Will the frisbee play be in the front or back. I'm asking 'cause Yogi has never shown an interest in frisbees and I currently can't throw one with my healing hand.

    May 16, 2013

    • Tiff

      This event is dedicated to learning about Discs and, unlike our regular events, the play time is not being offered until AFTER the training session. Most likely the Disc work will be in the front field unless it ends up wet (in which case we may need to change to the back).

      May 16, 2013

    • Tiff

      Both fields are available but it is not clear which one will be used for the Disc training and the Freestyle demonstration by Eric and Bowie. It all depends on the weather. Disc will be in the front field if the rain happens to hold out. If it's wet, the front tends to get soggy and the Discs Dogs might be moved to the back.

      May 17, 2013

  • karen

    I have a border collie named Macey who would love to learn how to catch a frisbee!

    May 16, 2013

  • Tiff

    Just posted some places to buy the best DISCS available for use with your dogs. Go to our Dog THAF Facebook page for links.

    May 16, 2013

  • Mira B.

    I will bring my two boxers, Henri and Jodi.

    May 12, 2013

  • Healthy4Life

    This should be great fun!

    May 12, 2013

  • Beth H.

    What a fun change up at the meet!! Wish we were in town for our two weims to join in on the fun and frisbee throw. We love our romp in the fields at Tiff's place. Looking forward to the next meet up.

    May 12, 2013

  • Tiff

    Everyone PLEASE go to the Dog THAF Facebook page. It's easy to get there. As you read this, on this page, go to the column on the left of this post, close to the top, and below the ABOUT US (where it lists how many DOG OWNERS in this Meetup, etc) there is the little blue FACEBOOK symbol. Click on that to get to our Fb page. On Facebook you will find links that will be of interest to everyone who is coming to this event. Free Disc Dog books, YouTube training videos (such as how the heck to throw a disc!), where to get a disc, etc.

    May 9, 2013

  • Jean

    This is my Bandits favorite, catching Frisbee!!!!

    May 6, 2013

  • Laura M.

    Thanks Eric. I do remember meeting you. Per your recommendation, I'll hold Rocky back as much as possible to hold an aussie back. :-)

    May 5, 2013

  • Eric M.

    Hi Laura, I'll be leading the disc dog clinic. My Aussie Bowie and I met you and Rocky at a previous meetup. While there is no age restriction to playing Frisbee with a dog, it is best to discourage jumping until a dog reaches maturity so their bones can fully develop. For an Aussie, that's around 1.5 to 2 years. As for a good dog-friendly Frisbee, I suggest buying one or two WhamO discs from WalMart at around $3 dollars each.

    May 5, 2013

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