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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:49 am 
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I was curious, what sort of warm up people do with their dogs and for how long before doing a Toss and Catch comp.? I think Mikko is ready to start doing Toss and Catch at competitions and was trying to think of ways to warm him up before hand.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:56 am 
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We do a lot of walking before, during & after. I do some stretching with both dogs, not much. We also do a little ball throwing. Definitely get them out 2-3 competitors ahead of your turn & walk them, potty them etc. Do a little focus work too. Everyone will have their own ideas for their dogs. This is just a start.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:05 am 
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It really depends on the dog. For Jun, I just take her out to potty and walk/jog her around a little. Maybe a short toss or two, but usually not. In hot weather, she wears out really quickly and I want her at full steam on the field. Some dogs will be overly-crazy to the point of missing discs if you put them on the field cold, but that has never been an issue for Jun.

For me, it's more important to warm up myself. If you can throw on the field (it's usually open for practice before the comp starts) do so. A bit before your round, check on what the wind is doing and find another place to throw, ideally in the same direction you'll be throwing on the field. Playing catch with a friend can help calm nerves until you're up.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:54 am 
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Can't add much here except to second the point of warming yourself up. Success comes from being able to put the disc in a position for the dog to catch without wasted effort.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:53 am 
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Something else that's important to do is cooling them down before re-crating. Slow jog or walk for about 5 minutes should be good. If it's hot, look for the kiddie pool.

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