Monday, January 23, 2012

Lessons in Frisbee

The first frisbee I bought for Lucy and Ricky months ago was this one.
It's made from fabric and is somewhat easy to throw, and most importantly, I thought it was easier on their teeth than a real frisbee.

But come to find out, once this frisbee gets dirty (which means one sessions of catching and retrieving it!) the dirt gets down in the fabric and it sort of works as sand paper on a puppy's teeth.  So it's okay to use just for learning, but it needs to stay clean.  Which requires washing it daily.

One of the lady's we met at the Dallas Disc Dog gathering gave us a few of the right frisbees for us to try.
They come in different thicknesses, depending on how aggressive a dog bites.  Well, I assumed these light ones would be perfect for my little Lucy.
But I was wrong.  As you can see in the photo above, Lucy's teeth have already made dents after just a few sessions.  Which may not at first seem like a big deal.  But I noticed her gums bled after she caught one of the scuffed up ones a few times.  Oh no! So, we'll be investing in the more durable frisbees.  And lots of 'em!

It takes a team of two to do well in any kind of disc dog competition-- Although Lucy has been pulling her weight on the team, I have not.  My throwing is extremely inconsistent, especially now that we've switched to the hard frisbees. 
How am I suppose to catch these crazy throws?
Fermin said he was watching us through then window and couldn't believe how spastic I was.  So he came out and gave me a little frisbee intervention.  Already, I am so much better.  I don't think anyone ever taught me the 101 tricks for tossing a frisbee before.  Soon, all these little things Fermin taught me will become automatic and Lucy will have a worthy teammate.
Lucy showing her stuff to Ricky!