In the dog sport Disc Dog, dogs and their handlers interact with a flying disc. Disc Dog is the generic title, but the sport is also commonly referred to as Frisbee Dog, after Wham-O's tradmark brand of disc.
The human throws the disc and the dog catches it. It sounds simple, but the sport is filled with exciting acrobatics and athleticism that take years to master.
Disc dog competitions have two types of events: distance catching (toss and fetch) and choreographed freestyle catching (freestyle).
In toss and fetch, teams of one person and one dog compete. Distances vary, but the longest distance usually does not exceed 50 meters (165 feet). Dogs are awarded points for catches based on the distance of the throw, with mid-air catches rating extra points. The divisions (levels) in disc dog events are usually based on the skill and experience of the handler.
Freestyle is a judging competition. The handler and his/her dog peform a choreographed routine to music with multiple discs in play. Athleticism, degree of difficulty, showmanship and other skills are judged. Freestyle is a very popular event with audiences. Incredible flips, hyperfast multiple catches, and spectacular vaults make it challenging for dog and handler, as well as great entertainment for spectators.
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