How do you teach your dog to catch a frisbee ? Like do you keep throwing it at its face until something happens ?
As a disclaimer: I know pretty much nothing about disc dog. If you’re interested in learning disc dog as a competitive sport, you should absolutely seek out a disc dog trainer. If you’re just looking to play frisbee with your dog for fun, this is how I taught my dog to play:
The first step is to ensure your dog knows the frisbee is a toy they can pick up in their mouth. Depending on the dog, you can do that by dragging it back and forth along the ground like a tug toy, or rolling it on its side so it moves more like a ball. If your dog knows a “take it” cue, you can hold out the frisbee, cue your dog to take it, and then reward them for taking it (by giving them a treat or tugging with the frisbee or whatever your dog enjoys). If you go the “take it” route, you can encourage your dog to take the frisbee while you move it around to get your dog ready to chase a moving target.
Once your dog is really enthusiastic about grabbing the frisbee, you can cue your dog to get it and then gently toss it a slight distance towards them. If your dog is used to the frisbee rolling, toss it so that it will roll like normal if it hits the ground. Ideally, you want to toss it so it’ll land in front of your dog. It’s your dog’s job to reach out and grab it, so try not to toss it so hard it will hit your dog’s face. (Some dogs may also become frightened of the frisbee if they get hit in the face a few times.) As your dog becomes more confident reaching out to grab the frisbee, you can increase the distance and speed you’re tossing it. If your dog really struggles with a certain distance or speed, get closer to your dog and throw a bit more slowly until your dog is very comfortable again and then increase your distance and speed more slowly.
I also see that you tagged this with #puppy, so I just want to warn you to be very cautious when playing high impact sports with your puppy. Puppies have soft bones, and too much jumping around can really damage their joints. If you want to introduce a dog under 1.5-2 years old to frisbees, it’s safest to stick to rolling it on the ground and playing tug.
Anyway, I hope that helps. Have fun!