Back launch breakthrough

We had a shorter disc practice last night with only me and another
person. Probably because it was blizzarding out and most non-obsessed
people were safe in their houses. Mostly I practised back launches, flips
and leg launches.

Prowl’s flips are getting better, mostly thanks to realizing that me
getting high-key is reinforcing to him. He randomly offered a higher
tight-in flip and I marked it and got excited earlier this week. Since
then, he’s been trying to make them more like that which is good.

Earlier this week, I also taught Prowl a back stall to brush up on my
trick-training. I’m mentioning it now because it seems to have convinced
him that it’s okay to get up on my back (and sit on my back. And lie down
and just chill on my back). He did excellent just taking the discs from my
hand, so I have officially moved onto floaters. I’ve practised enough
myself to get the disc in a safe spot for him. Unfortunately I need to
practice a bit more since there were a couple times where he was launching
off my head again. I’ve got a nice goose egg at the base of my neck thanks
to his efforts. Incidentally, I find is hilarious that my co-workers don’t
even bat an eye when I mention that my dog launched off my head.

I don’t know if the back stall also extended to the leg launch, but he
was also hitting the leg a lot more consistently. So go us for that.

The only downside from this practice (besides the blizzard getting
there) was that our bit where I catch him has gone to shit. He kept coming
in way too fast and at the wrong angle, so i couldn’t grab him without
clothes-lining him. That being said, I could probably turn it into a lovely
crossing over a leg if I decide to. We’ll have to see – I already have 23
separate tricks in my routine and I don’t want to overdo it.