DYKT 20/07/2021 - Did You Know That Labrador Retrievers have a very long 😛 and that they are not afraid to use it? You will get a thousand kisses from them, that's for sure. After exercise however they will use it to cool down their body temperature. They can't take off their fur and are unable too sweat. As demonstrated by Rea after a disc session with K9-DISC. Get yours on www.k9-disc.com.
DYKT 22/07/2021 - Did you know that some dogs reach their top speed in the first seven passes. They aren't Retrievers, even not when you wave a K9-DISC for them. They will come back faster than when you don't. You can find these magic discs on www.k9-disc.com. Enjoy your pups and if you know the type of dogs, feel free to reply in the comments.
DYKT 27/07/2021 - Did You Know That dishwashers can rejuvenate your beloved K9-DISC C-Zenith? I bet it hasn't even crossed your mind because you're more into throwing them for your dogs than doing the dishes.
Putting them in the "disc-washer" from time to time (not every time, cold water or even rain will do the job to clean them) has its advantages.
The heat will straighten your discs, especially if you stack them on top of each other. We'll explain the "behavior" of discs in detail in one of the first Expert Interviews planned for early August. (spoiler alert)
It will also ensure that all stains and spots are clean, the ones you can see and the ones you can't see (unless you have a Wood's lamp, aka black light).
We tested the K9-DISC C-Zenith at temperatures up to 70° C, so don't be afraid to put them in there with the other plates, the ones we don't advise to throw for your dogs. Use those for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
DYKT 29/07/2021 – Did You Know That dogs also sleep in different stages, just as humans do?
There is the light sleep stage, where your dog is just cruising along with his eyes shut and his ears wide open, in case you open the door of the fridge.
The second stage is REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, a period where they, also like humans, are processing the day's events. Dogs that have been active during the day are more prone to proceed to this stage as it is a deeper type of sleep often induced by intense activity and thus fatigue.
You will sometimes notice your pup twitching and turning, running on their sides and even making sounds that you might perceive as excitement, all while their eyes are shut (the lids can open in some cases, but the dogs are firmly asleep).
Don't worry and enjoy the spectacle. Your dog is having fun with your K9-DISC for the second time, and you don't even have to throw. What happens is that the dogs are processing all those fantastic catches they made. Another benefit is that some dogs will even learn from this instant replay.
The last one is SWS or slow-wave sleep. The part of the sleep cycle where dogs will breathe heavily while the body goes into freeze mode. Everything slows down; heart rate, brain waves, and rapid eye movement no longer happen. It's the stage where you want to acknowledge what they say about sleeping dogs. Once in this phase, an abrupt disturbance may cause an unprecedented response.
Have a good night and sweet Dreamz (sidekick) and Rea's.
DYKT 03/08/2021– Did You Know That there is a relation between golf, the Sky Pro Cycling Team, and your K9-DISC?
What would that be? It's the dimple pattern, unique for K9-DISC. The EPO (European Patent Organisation) even granted a patent for this innovative improvement to existing discs.
When the K9-DISC project started, the intention wasn't to copy an existing disc. The new design had to be something different. One of the things that always bothered me as a competitor was the grip surface.
The most important reason for the change was the dogs' teeth. After years of practice and competition, I also noticed some damage to my dogs' canines (teeth in the front of the mouth). They had flattened out to the same level as the incisors.
As the surface was not flat (either multiple rings on top of the disc or a significant uneven pattern), there had to be some unbalanced airflow or (micro-) turbulence. It's what happens when you get your lunch on an airplane, and you have to struggle to keep your plate on the table.
After a show on Discovery Channel on how golf balls were so efficient and stable, the Euro/Quarter dropped. The professional Sky Cycling Team had a tryout in their time trial suits with the same pattern a few years later. People with a much higher budget than the K9-DISC project confirmed the theory.
And that's the story on the dimples in the K9-DISCS. It became one of our main features and a very recognizable part of the brand.
Have a great week, and enjoy your dogs!!!
DYKT 05/08/2021 – Did You Know That a dog communicates in various ways? Probably, one of the most interesting is tactile communication.
You could call any communication detected by the skin tactile communication. Probably not the most accurate definition, but it will work to give you an idea of what we'll be talking about today.
Tactile communication occurs in both directions, from dog to human and human to dog. Also, when you are playing together, various forms of tactile communication come to mind.
The most positive is the big hug you give your dog after you both enjoyed a session with your K9-DISCs. And if you know massage techniques, that's all about tactile communication.
But did you also know that dogs will communicate this way amongst each other? The left side of the picture tells more than 1000 words.
Did you also know that it's one of the first types of communication a puppy develops? The first minutes after being born, the blind and deaf pup will crawl until he touches mom. (OK, olfactory communication beats tactile)
They will also use trampling to stimulate lactation and getting their daily nutrition in the first few weeks.
One of the most beautiful tactile signs in dog language, in my opinion, is the paw on the shoulder. Not only is it a request to play amongst dogs, but it also tells the invitee that no matter what happens in the next few minutes, the intention was only to play. Try it! The typical answer is a playful bow to accept it.
Another one is your dog lying on your feet or legs if they are allowed on the sofa. You won't leave without them, that's a certainty.
Enjoy observing and talking to your dog, and have a fantastic weekend!!! Don't forget to visit www.k9-disc.com and have a look if you need a new toy.
DYKT 10/08/2021 – Did You Know That body language is another way to communicate with your dog, and vice versa if you understand it.
There are a few easy ones described by Roger Abrantes in the previous century that are pretty obvious. (lovely study material)
But what about the 'begging' eyes of a retriever when you hold a sandwich in your hand. Or the guilty eyes when he has managed to grab it while you weren't looking for a nanosecond.
And that's just the eyes. And only from the dog to you. Probably, you're not even aware of the signals you are sending and even less of how the dog is receiving them.
Especially in Discdog, the general body language is of enormous importance. Half of the tricks during a performance depend for a big chunk on this type of communication. Your stance will almost always give away what you expect.
Until you put a cocky but very experienced handler on the field, and you add a dog that never played with more than one disc. The result is a hilarious blooper and a lesson learned. (the dog in this video didn't suffer any injury thanks to an insanely hard head- aka #labrador)
There are three crucial lessons in one video. First, never let your ego lead your actions. Second, Discdog is a sport that requires training and practice. (talent, experience, and YouTube are not enough). And thirdly, both parts of the team need to understand the communication.
I hope you had a good laugh, enjoy your pups as well as your K9-DISC and have a fantastic day!!! If you are curious what discs we used here, it was a prototype of the C-Zenith, of which the end product is now available on www.k9-disc.com
DYKT 12/08/2021 – Did You Know That you could actually eat your K9-DISC and not drop dead instantly?
Although we highly advise against trying it out and serving your guests' K9-DISC à la Flamande', in theory, it should be no problem.
The Romans had a proverb about taste and discussion. But again, this is one of those 'don't try this at home' cases.
The plastics used in both the C-Light as the C-Strong and the C-Zenith are all food graded plastics, which means they are not toxic and therefore safe for use with dogs. Also, the masterbatch, a very technical term for pigment, is food graded.
So that you know that your dogs' health is in safe hands at K9-DISC. Bon apetit!
And if you are curious why there is always a C- before the different types, then do continue to follow us, and at a certain point in time, we will tell you the secret behind it.
For now, give your dogs a big hug, enjoy your weekend, and if you get bored, there is always www.k9-disc.com to check out where you can order your favorite discs.
DYKT 17/08/2021 – Did You Know That water is essential for our dogs? I bet you did. But there is so much more to 'goldfish-nectar' that meats the eye. 😊
Have you ever wondered how our furry friends drink? They have no thumbs, so holding a glass and doing an 'ad fundum' isn't an option.
Most of you know they use their tongue. And you're right. However, if you ask most dog owners, they think it's the front side of the tongue that does the work. The best way to use that part is for those wet, slobbery kisses.
In the short slow-motion above this message, you'll find out it's the back of the tongue that does the work. Dogs scoop up the water by folding their tongue backward. When the water is inside the mouth, they shut it as fast as possible to keep it there.
Another nice fact is that studies showed dogs have the same four taste classifications (and for all you fine diners, umami was not tested) as humans: sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.
They also have a specific set of taste buds for water. That's why they prefer the softer and less adapted rainwater from potholes than the completely purified water from their 120 € electric drinking fountain.
Oh yes, you can also use water to clean your K9-DISC, the ones you bought on www.k9-disc.com. 😉
DYKT 19/08/2021 – Did You Know That olfactory communication is the most illucid to human and probably the least understood.
Let's change that just a little bit and give you an insight into this fantastic world of smells and scents.
We won't explain now why dog poo (or fox, or whatever roadkill) is soo much fun to cover yourself in from a dog's point of view, but there are some other interesting facts to be told.
The nose of a dog is a sensitive instrument linked to a vast database in the brain called the bulbus olfactorius. In the human brain, this storage is about the size of a pea, whereas in dogs, it can be up to 100 times larger than ours.
Let's get down to dog owners' two most asked questions. Probably also the most embarrassing ones to reply to. Why is your dog putting his nose in my crutch, and why is he sniffing my dog's butt?
The first question is easy; they want to find out who they have in front of them. Dogs mainly want to know if you're a danger, a competitor, scared, or harmless. And they are not able to ask. So they go to the primary sources of feromones.
The area around the mouth and the glands next to the ass are dogs' most significant information providers. The human equivalent is the hand and the region previously described. (hence why you always let an unfamiliar dog smell the palm of your hand before petting)
Also, your K9-DISC has a scent to it. We avoided cheese, sausage, and rabbit to prevent our discs from being eaten, although that's not a problem, as you already know. (DYKT 12/08/2021) 😉
DYKT 24/08/2021 – Did You Know That there were some questions on my private posts about what my dearest Labradors have to eat… let's put some science into the equation and give some more information on that.
Most of you who follow me also know me and follow my private Facebook and Instagram page. There I show my Labradors quite often with a piece of veggie or fruit. So what is the deal with that?
The deal is mainly behavioral, but the question is, who's behavior is more influenced? Both the dogs' behavior as well as mine, that's the proper answer.
The ethology aspect goes back to the times when wolves and dogs lived in packs; there was one alpha dog in command of the pack. When the hunters came back with prey, he had the first pick and the best meat. According to a strict hierarchy, the other dogs could dig in after him, where women and children came first. It looks like a crashing airplane, but it's far from that. It's nature's logic.
Let's switch to the human part and the neurologic aspect of the matter. When you pet a dog, walk with a dog, throw a ball or a K9-DISC for a dog, or give a dog a treat (in this case, the last piece of my food), you release a neurotransmitter called serotonin. (but also some levels of dopamine and oxytocin for the experts) These are all designed to make you happy.
Knowing this, you now have an extra, science-based, reason to buy a K9-DISC at www.k9-disc.com. 😉
DYKT 26/08/2021 – Did You Know That there are many good reasons you shouldn't play with a golf disc, ultimate, or human freestyle disc when your dog joins you? Apart from the type of plastic, another big reason is the rim of the disc. 🥏
When you look at an ultimate or freestyle disc, you'll notice that the rim is pretty high compared to your K9-DISC. Also, the edge of a disc golf disc has a very different shape than your K9-DISC. It makes sense if we look at the use of these discs.
A freestyle disc has a large rim that has to accommodate the fingers sliding at the inside. Aerodynamics doesn't have an enormous impact since these discs mostly stay very close to the body. 🆓
The rim is higher with an ultimate disc because it needs to be easy to catch by a human hand. This disc doesn't travel a long distance either, meaning no more than 50-60 meters. 🏃♀️🏃
The minimal height and the specific shape of the rim of the disc golf disc serve mainly one purpose. When you have to overcome 150-200 meters of distance, the minimum height and the very sharp edge of the rim make sense. ⛳🔭
And then there is your K9-DISC, which is an all-around disc and serves all the above. You can use it for freestyle, throws up to 50 meters, and extreme distance.
But the main concern when we designed this disc was to minimize the impact on your puppy's mouth when they catch it with a full bite. Think about the effect of stilettos versus sneakers on a wooden floor. 👠👟
The rim's shape of our discs mimics the part at the end of the mouth where the upper- and lower jaw join. The risk of bruising or damaging this weak tissue is reduced to a maximum to protect your pup and prevent a traumatic connection with a disc. 🔚
This will guarantee even more joy when playing with you and it will make K9-DISC your dogs' favorite toy.
The more you know about it, the more you see it's not just a disc you buy at www.k9-disc.com. 🐕🤩
DYKT 31/08/2021 – Did You Know That there is a tale told by the tail of a dog? We already talked about the general body language, but let's zoom in on this body part that humanity has lost on the path called evolution. 🧬🐒👫
There are more signs given through the tail than we will ever be able to understand. And there is continuous research going on in this field. In general, you can say there are a few critical parameters.
The most important ones are the intensity or speed of the wag, how the tail wags, and how far it goes across the body.
I'm just going to pick out the absolute number one wag that demonstrates utter happiness! In the video, you will see the tail going in a circular movement. That's the one you want to see. It's called the circular wag or helicopter wag. 😃😇 🚁
It's one of the most potent signs a dog can send you that he loves you to bits, and as of now, you'll also pick it up and see it as a cue to enjoy your day and hug your dogs! 🤗🐕
If you want your dogs' tails to do this as well, there is a simple solution. Buy a K9-DISC at www.k9-disc.com. 😉
DYKT 02/09/2021 – Did You Know That active dogs require a different diet than other dogs. If you decide to make your dog into the athlete that's hidden inside of him, you have to realize it comes with some changes in their daily food intake.
Now don't change the diet after you have played two weeks of Discdog or any other sport. You won't change your diet either when you ran around the block two times. 🏃♀️🏃
One of the critical elements in the nutrition of the sporting dog is protein. (and immediately the song Space Oddity by David Bowie sounds in my head, people of my age will know why) 👩🚀🚀
The best source of protein is egg white, as it contains 100% of the good stuff. Egg joke is also good with 98%. That's what we call high-value protein. You don't need to give much of it, and it's all absorbed by the system. 🥚
One warning concerning a nasty bacteria called Sal M. Nella (salmonella). To avoid infection, you need to heat your eggs above 60°C. Whether you poach, boil, scramble, or bake it sunny side up or down depends on your dog's preference. 🍳
As with everything in life, be moderate with this power food. Also, please don't squeeze the chicken. It won't make the eggs come faster. 🐣🐔
⚠️⚠️⚠️ Always discuss any changes in your dogs' diet with your vet. There are some consequences, and mainly for older dogs, excess protein may cause issues. ⚠️⚠️⚠️
DYKT 07/09/2021 – Did You Know that dogs are at the same level as commercial goods in some countries regarding legislation and rights? ⚖️
Times are changing, and also in the Belgian Law, a new legal category was created for animals, next to commercial goods and humans. 🥏🐶🙋♀️🙋♂️"
Does this mean that you won't be able to buy a puppy anymore as it is now protected and bound to the same restrictions that apply to humans? 🥺😱🤔
Let me assure you that, at least in Belgium, it is still allowed to buy a puppy or adopt a dog and pay a fee. 💸
The Law isn't about the transaction. It's just to protect animals (and thus also your disc dog), stating that they have feelings, needs, and rights, contrary to what we think about our average pen and that you can't treat them the same way from a legal point of view as was the case in the past. 🖋️
One of the main changes is about housing animals. It should avoid transports with too many dogs stuffed in way too small cages. 🐶🚗
Celebrate this fact by taking care of the needs of your disc dog; you'll find a way to do this at www.k9-disc.com.🎉🥳
DYKT 09/09/2021 – Did You Know that with climate change and global warming, we will be confronted more and more with hot temperatures. 🥵🌞🌡️With dark-coated Labradors living in Western Europe, my rule of thumb has always been not to play above 30°C. (that's 86°F) In between 25°C and 30°C I advise to keep your sessions extra short. 👍
The capability of a dog to cope with heat depends on a lot of factors. The most important ones are genetics, breed, coat type, and location. 🌎🌍🌏
Let's say you have a light-colored dog born and raised around the equator with a single hair fur. It would still be OK compared to an Alaskan Malamute living above the arctic circle and dealing with a double fur coat.🐕🦺🐩🐕
Regardless of the statement above, you are asking for an intense physical effort. Most of the time, you will play on an open field with no shade for protection. Discdogging and trees don't go very well together. 🌴🌳🌲🎄
Worst case scenario is a heatstroke. These things are lethal! Especially when you have a very driven dog, he will go beyond the point of no return to catch those discs. Dogs don't think like humans, don't forget that. ☠️🥏
So please read up on the signs and symptoms of heatstroke and prevent it from happening by being the smart one on the team. That way, you'll have plenty more time to play and hug your dogs.📖🧠🤗
And if it's too warm to play with your dog, you can always enjoy playing with friends in the pool with our floating K9-DISC C-LIGHT. You can find sinking discs as well, called C-ZENITH, on www.k9-disc.com.🥽🩲🩱