Tips: for the first freestyle routine

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  • Sequences
    • divide your routine into few shorter sequences and give them a name, train them separately and chain them together gradually

It´s hard to remember the whole routine all together at once. We recommend you build the routine from short sequences made of 1-3 tricks, 2-5 throws. You´ll see that it´s even more effective to train the sequences separately at first and put them step by step together.

You may play with the order of the sequences. If their order does not suit you or it´s harder to get nice disc management, you simply rearrange them. This way it´s gonna be much easier to build the final fluent routine.

You can also name individual sequences for better memorization. This way, the freestyle routine is gradually put together without you having too much confusion in your head.

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  • Choose the best elements for your team
    • You don´t have to show all elements in your routine, use only these which suits your team the best

Choose the elements that suit you, but especially suit your dog.

Take into consideration dogs' character, physical abilities, ... For example, the freestyle element dogcatch is not for each dog. Is your dog big? Does your dog not like touching during the game or is it just too difficult for you? Does not matter. You may train it, but you don´t have to include the dogcatch in your routine at all. You have a lot of other tricks and elements which you can choose from. The point is to show only what your dog and you excel at.

Many beginning teams have a tendency to show everything that they can do. But sometimes it's to the detriment. Of course, we want to show original elements, unusual throws and difficult tricks - that's great and that's what freestyle is all about. However, include them in the set only when you and the dog manage them well and reliably.

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  • Use max 1-3 type of throws
    • We recommend building the first routine with only a few types of releases which you can do reliably.

Choose the release diversity that works best for you. For a complete start, you can easily use only backhands in the routine. The point is for the dog to have a great chance of catching them. Let your dog be successful.

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  • Nothing succeeds like simplicity
    • make the sequences as simple as possible, when you learn them well with the dog, slowly increase their difficulty

It´s always smarter to improve just one sequence than to rebuild the whole successful routine. Did you learn a new trick or a throw? Replace an old one or just add it to your already mastered sequence.

Your dog and you will be happier with the successful catches, and last but not least, it always looks much better for spectators and judges as well. Play safe and you´re gonna have even more fun! A simple but successful proven routine is always better than a difficult but failed one.

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You can use CzechBlack Notebook to make notes from your training and write down all your tips & tricks, and sequences. Draw your movement around the field. Create your original file and training plan in it.