I have gone by myself, I have gone with friends and family, and I have gone with kids, but before now I have never gone with a dog.
I have seen people do it, I have heard about my brother-in-law taking their dog with them, and now that I have a dog I was wondering if it was time for me to take her with me.
However, I have some questions about it. The first thing for me is, how is this not a tease? I mean, we teach our dogs to fetch. How will they know what to do with a disc when they see their owner throw it? In the past, when I was out on a course and someone had a dog with them, they are usually with a group of people and the dog is on a leash. For the most part, I think someone in the group is not discing, so it isn’t a problem. Yet, how does the dog not want to chase the disc? Or what do you do to keep your dog from not picking up someone’s disc?
My brother-in-law had trained their Golden Retriever to actually chase after the disc and lay down next to it. What a great concept! To be able to have someone there that’s sole purpose is to find your disc; it would save you so much time to have a hunter dig through the woods for your disc Or when you might have thrown a long drive and the disc is hard to spot. Yes, the dog would have to be unleashed and there is the potential that the dog might run off or scare another player. But I think having an animal on the hunt to find your disc would outweigh the possible problems of an unleashed dog.
This is what I wanted.
I have a pit bull puppy (a bit over a year old) named Piper that finally got to take the trek out to Oshtemo township park to partake in some disc golf. She was extremely excited about this. But, being a puppy and a pit bull, I thought it best to keep her on the leash. Piper loves people. It seems like her goal is to please people…and to play. Fetch is one of her favorite games. Which I didn’t think about at the time, but quickly realized that this might be a bit of tease for her, as she could not chase after the discs that we threw. And my friends found out that Piper is strong, almost pulling them over and dragging them to get the disc. I had a hard time getting her to focus on anything else, even when I gave her one of my dead discs to play with, she wanted the ones we threw. At one point, she got a hold of my Roc and added some nice teeth marks on it…I’m hoping I can convince my wife that I need a new one 😉
My first foray into taking my dog with me has opened my eyes into what I might need to do if I want to take her again. I’ve been now teaching her to sit and wait until I release her when we play fetch. She has picked up on that very quick. I think the next step will be to either ignore what I throw or to have her sit and wait next to what I have thrown. I’m not sure if she is completely ready to be off the leash while at the course, so it might have to be the ignoring the disc part. I might also just want to take her to the course so much that she just gets use to it. It also probably doesn’t help that she is a puppy, and puppies like to play. Maybe I should bring a person along that isn’t going to disc golf and instead they can focus on Piper.
What about you? Do you have a dog? Have you taken your dog or a friend’s dog on the course? What did you do to not have the dog pull out a friend’s arm?