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I've been playing with the Hero and Jawz. I'm bad at making the Jawz fly straight. Hero disc, no problem. Got some troubleshooting to do :D
But both discs have been SO much better at encouraging Brae not to jump because they are heavier and faster than the fabric stuff.

I've noticed a little tiny bit of blood on his lips or gums both times I've played with him so far. Nothing overly concerning, but definitely something I haven't seen with other toys. And we bite things A LOT.
 

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The jaws take some work and a lot of spin and releasing at a bit of an angle to get straight.

The blood thing happens. Sometimes it's because of biting lips and tongue or cheeks, but often it's just because the rim comes down right behind their molars and then chomp down and there's some of blood. I wouldn't call it desirable or normal, but it's not unusual and usually a callous develops back there over time. Watch it, don't worry about it (you're you, I know that's what you're likely to do) is the advise I mostly see, for any dog who isn't likely to turn themselves off playing because it hurts a little.
 

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We’re probably going to enter our first UpDog trial tonight! It’s a small evening trial only offering four games. There’s several people I know from Toss&Fetch going as well so I think it is a good opportunity for me to try it out. The games still confuse me so it might be a big failure but at least it will be fun. I wish I had planned ahead of time and bought some new discs but I’ll make what I have work. Renegade hasn’t been to many trial environments so hopefully he doesn’t stress too badly. Guess we’ll see. I’m excited to try
 

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We’re probably going to enter our first UpDog trial tonight! It’s a small evening trial only offering four games. There’s several people I know from Toss&Fetch going as well so I think it is a good opportunity for me to try it out. The games still confuse me so it might be a big failure but at least it will be fun. I wish I had planned ahead of time and bought some new discs but I’ll make what I have work. Renegade hasn’t been to many trial environments so hopefully he doesn’t stress too badly. Guess we’ll see. I’m excited to try
Awesome! Report back and let us know how it goes!
 

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We’re probably going to enter our first UpDog trial tonight! It’s a small evening trial only offering four games. There’s several people I know from Toss&Fetch going as well so I think it is a good opportunity for me to try it out. The games still confuse me so it might be a big failure but at least it will be fun. I wish I had planned ahead of time and bought some new discs but I’ll make what I have work. Renegade hasn’t been to many trial environments so hopefully he doesn’t stress too badly. Guess we’ll see. I’m excited to try
Well? How'd it go?

(We start toss and fetch league tomorrow. Me and Kiran + Molly and Michael (husband). I'm excited.)
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3blWySqUVRE&feature=youtu.be

Might want to ignore the music. It's there primarily to avoid having to listen to myself or the camera workings.

In third in week 1.

...With Molly and Michael in fifth and about a point and a half behind us. Not allowed to video those.

In related news we had a news crew AND THE POLICE show up at separate times so that was a very eventful kick off. Can't wait until next week.
 

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Whoops! :redface: It’s been such a busy week I completely forgot to update. The UpDog trial was fantastic!! We didn’t even do very well in two out of the three games we played but I am completely thrilled with Renegade. He tends to have some pretty big focus and stress in new locations and around people and dogs. The field was completely unfenced which I was very nervous but it was a tiny, casual trial with several people I knew there so I decided to give it a go anyway.

From the beginning of our first round he was completely focused. Even when I accidentally threw a disc within a few feet of the row of tents, people, and dogs next to the field he just glanced at them and came right back to me. I flubbed the Throw and Go round with some bad throws(way out of bounds and burners) and we only scored 15 points and came in 14/19 but I don’t even care. :whoo:

Ren settled really well between rounds and even held down stays while I listened to the briefings. He was even able to watch other dogs play without losing his mind. Our second round was Spaced Out and we did terribly. Scored like 5 points and came in last.(To put this in perspective, the top team scored 105 points). Once again, it didn’t even bother me. We had fun and he stayed so happy and focused that I could have jumped for joy.

Our third round was 4-way play and it was a lot of fun. We both did pretty good and came in 3rd with 29 points. We were just one zone short of clearing three whole quads. I was pretty proud that we did that well at our first try of the game.

I really enjoyed it, was thrilled with how it went, and can’t wait to enter another one. I really want to try Frizgility. Overall, Renegade has just matured in such noticeable way since he hit the 2-2 1/2 age bracket. I can’t wait to see what he’s like in a year or two. We still have some issues to work out but I definitely see progress all around.

This gives me hope for our upcoming agility trial. If he shows me even a fraction of the same focus then we’ll definitely be okay. Too bad I can’t do our runs holding a disc. :laugh:

*Sorry for the long post, I always seem to type way too much when I’m on the internet.
 

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CptJack- That looked like an awesome first round of Toss&Fetch! Kiran has some serious jumping skills. I love watching his floofy tail wave in the air when he brings the disc back. He seems like he’s going to be a really fantastic disc dog. Do you have any plans to do freestyle or are you going to stick with Toss&Fetch/UpDog games?

I’m jealous, I planned to do League this season but they had to move it to a weekday and I can’t drive two hours one way during the week with the semester starting soon. It was just such a fun, affordable, and casual way to play disc and socialize with other dog people.

I wish one would open closer to me. For that matter, I wish a proper disc club would open that’s closer than an hour and 45 minutes away. I would open one myself but I just don’t know any disc people local enough. I would love to be able to go to group practices. I still have so much to learn. Oh well, plenty to practice on my own and learn from videos online.
 

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I love and am fascinated by freestyle. I love tricks, I love disc, not surprising, but.

I don't have any intention of doing it right now. How far I can throw tops out at about 25 yards, with the occasional 30, and the thought of rebounds/catches/vaults etc with Kiran makes me a little woozy.

He'd probably prefer my answer was different, though!

And yes, re: Jumping. All those 1/2pts for being completely in the air really added up for us!
 

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Nice job emmybear and CptJack! Kiran collects so nicely. It seems Brae doesn't know how to do anything but pogo up or flip in the air.
 

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Nice job emmybear and CptJack! Kiran collects so nicely. It seems Brae doesn't know how to do anything but pogo up or flip in the air.
Yeah, I'm pretty pleased with that, actually. You can tell from the... second throw I think? That he still has some pretty strong 'spoing' tendencies but a combination of mostly asking him to go around me before starting and throwing slightly less high helps. I still get jumps but not straight in the air and coming down just on his back legs craziness.

Jump work for agility might also have something to do with it - maybe.

Or he just grew a brain.

Either way, I'll take it.

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In other news, I'm renting him out to a friend for disc practice/so she can practice throwing tomorrow. He's coming in handy :p
 

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As of this week Michael and I are exactly tied.

Crap's about to get real in this house :p

(Club shot up to #12 for week 2. We'll see what happens there, but sadly most of my current focus is - Okay not beating my husband but actually helping him with his catch rate with molly. That means they're going to trounce Kiran and I, but I'm ok with that. Mostly :p)
 

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Massive, massive storms rained us out week 3. This week was 4 and round 1 was pretty good, round two involved starting with me having the crap bitten out of me and ended with Kiran pooping on the field, so. LOL.

Demo this week, agility next weekend, week off (yeah, right), then updog and working and demoing another, bigger, dog festival.

Starting to work on nerves. Or would be if I were less stinking exhausted.
 

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...and even with mid-run poop he brought in the highest score he has so far. Weird. Going to be interested to see his overall standing once the lowest scores get dropped. Meanwhile he's 4th in our club/league (of 20).

What makes me love a sport is, apparently, very much that the dog loves it.

Running Molly myself for winter league though. Michael's not loving the competitive aspects - or it being a competition. I'm not surprised but I'm glad he's done this. (One week to go!)
 

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Pictures from Toss and Fetch League

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Photos taken by a friend.
 

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So, fall season is a wrap.

Kiran finished tied for 3 out of 25 in our local club, and 287 out of 1,300 out of the league as a whole.

Which means he gets a *fancy* patch :p (Ie: nothing big).

I'm looking forward to winter league. Updog trial end of this month less. There's like. Rules and stuff.



 

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So, we did our updog comp. 4 way play, Frizgility, and Throw and Go.

We didn't place anywhere - there were some pretty big players there this weekend, given the tiny nature of the comp - but Kiran did really well and got some 'achievements' and accumulated some points. I can't say I'm necessarily going to be seeking out and pursuing lots of competitions, but only because it's an awfully early morning for something I'm not overly concerned about. I WILL almost certainly do a few a year - probably during agility's off season.

I will also say that the environment is very, very different from agility, which I find interesting.
 

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Roun 2 of Toss and Fetch - the club I play with isn't going to do the spring session, which makes me sad and probably means I'll be looking for UpDog for Kiran, since he thrives on it. Meanwhile, he's continuing his streak of 'catches everything' and being solidly good enough for club points without tipping us over into the territory of leveling up and losing our handicap. ...Perfect, says me.
 

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We came in second (with Molly and my spouse in third) for our local toss and fetch leagug. Have an UpDog event the weekend before Christmas. I think next year I might try to qualify for UpDif, though we'll see how that goes. Kiran adores it but I have a hard time seeing it as something to work on. It's just playing with dogs for me, you know? Possibly because agility eats so much of my brain so much of the time that there's just not much left.
 
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