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Bad Dog Agility Podcast

aa, Sports, 1 season, 345 episodes, 14 hours, 1 minute
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Dog agility training tips and discussions. We often interview agility instructors and competitors as well.
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341: British Agility and the Longines Global Champions Tour

In this episode (21:48) This week, we’re thrilled to have Anthony Clarke, founder of British Agility, on our podcast. Co-host Jennifer Crank recently competed in the Longines Agility Grand Prix 2024 in Miami, a new agility event held in partnership with the Longines Global Champions Tour. We’ll share insights from both the organizer’s and competitor’s perspectives, giving you an inside look into this new event. You Will Learn Jennifer’s firsthand insights and highlights from competing in the Longines Agility Grand Prix 2024. How the event promotes dog agility to a wider audience. Behind-the-scenes look at the planning and execution that goes into organizing the event. Insights into the criteria and process for selecting competitors for future events. Mentioned/Related The British Agility Website: https://britishagility.co.uk/ British Agility on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/britishagility.co.uk/ Meet the athletes: https://www.facebook.com/reel/767676161746514 Watch the Promo Reel: https://www.facebook.com/reel/1779892522531298
4/9/202421 minutes, 49 seconds
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340: Health Clearances in Dog Agility

In this episode (21:15) This week, we’re joined by Dr. Brittany Schaezler to dive into the topic of health clearances for agility dogs. Whether you’re a newcomer to the sport or a seasoned handler, understanding the standard health clearances is essential for your agility dog’s well-being and performance. We discuss everything from hip and elbow dysplasia to eye conditions and how these health factors can impact your agility journey. You Will Learn The significance of health clearances in agility training and breeding. Why hips, elbows, and eyes are crucial health checks for agility dogs. How breed-specific clearances can inform your training and breeding decisions. The role of breeders and owners in ensuring the health and fitness of agility dogs. Practical advice on when and how to get these health clearances for your dog. Mentioned/Related Episode 329: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 1 Episode 330: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 2
4/3/202421 minutes, 16 seconds
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339: Support vs Babysitting in Dog Agility Handling

In this episode (21:39) This week, we delve into a topic suggested by one of our listeners: the fine line between babysitting and supporting your agility dog. In this podcast, we explore how the right balance of guidance and independence can significantly impact your dog’s confidence and performance on the course. You Will Learn How the handling support your dog needs changes over their experience level. How you use trial and error to discover how much support your dog needs. Why Sarah thinks it’s a good thing to occasionally pull your dog off the correct obstacle. How to use placement of reward to increase the dog’s commitment to the obstacle. Mentioned/Related Episode 187: Physical and Mental Commitment How Committed Are You? Episode 104: Building Confidence Through Challenges
3/27/202421 minutes, 40 seconds
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338: Post 2024 NAC Wrap-Up

In this episode (39:51) Jennifer and Sarah talk about their experiences at the 2024 National Agility Championship with Esteban providing the livestream spectator perspective. You Will Learn Jenn’s thoughts on the facility, the surface, and the organization of the event. Why the Hybrid round was a surprise. Esteban’s view on the target q-rate for big events. Who was crowned National Agility Champion! Mentioned/Related You can find course maps and results here: https://akccompanionevents.com/index.php?eventSelected=National%20Agility%20Championship. Note that at some point, the results will be moved to this page: https://www.akc.org/sports/agility/events/akc-national-agility-championship/akc-national-agility-championship-past-events/ What to learn more about the event? Check out our Preview Podcast: Episode 337: 2024 AKC National Agility Championship Preview
3/20/202439 minutes, 52 seconds
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337: 2024 AKC National Agility Championship Preview

In this episode (48:29) The 2024 AKC National Agility Championship takes place March 14-17 in Perry, Georgia. In this podcast, Sarah and Jennifer explore the event’s structure, key contenders and share how you can follow along with the event in near real-time. You Will Learn The structure of the 2024 AKC National Agility Championship. How to watch the event for free. How dogs qualify for the Challengers Round. Who is judging the event. Mentioned/Related You can find course maps, running orders, and results here: https://akc.jotform.com/app/233567920055862 Watch here for FREE: https://akc.tv/event?id=10836 BEWARE OF SCAMS! Many Facebook scams happen around these big events. Review this webinar: How to Spot a Fake Dog Agility Facebook Page or Group From last year’s event: The Evolution of the AKC National Agility Championship Finals Course Follow Jenn Crank with the Bad Dog Agility Before and After Video Series!
3/12/202448 minutes, 30 seconds
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336: How To Walk Your Dog Off the Course

In this episode (46:45) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban share their experiences and advice on how to leave the ring after the dog fails to meet the expected criteria. They discuss key dog training concepts, ethics, and explain who should and who should not use this strategy. You Will Learn When it’s appropriate to walk your dog off the course. Why you should not leave the ring for handling errors. How to leave the ring properly. How positive reinforcement and negative punishment relate to each other. Which dogs are poorly suited for this training option. Mentioned/Related Episode 111: The Myth of the Ring-Wise Dog Proofing for Dog Agility Episode 256: Proofing Checklist for Dog Agility
3/6/202446 minutes, 46 seconds
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335: Getting an Adult Dog for Agility

In this episode (28:37) Join us as we explore the benefits of choosing adult dogs for agility training, discussing how their known characteristics can offer advantages over starting with a puppy. We cover sources for finding adult dogs, including rescues and breed-specific rehomes, and delve into the unique benefits of choosing an adult dog for your next agility dog. You Will Learn The benefits of acquiring an adult dog for agility training. How the issue of size can be important for certain breeds. Various sources to find adult dogs suitable for agility. How the idea of control affects how people think about acquiring their next agility dog. Mentioned/Related Episode 334: How Top Trainers Get Their Next Dog Episode 329: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 1 Episode 330: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 2
2/28/202428 minutes, 40 seconds
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334: How Top Trainers Get Their Next Dog

In this episode (30:08) In this podcast, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban explain how top agility handlers get their next dog while giving their own #1 quality they look for in a new dog or puppy. You Will Learn The importance of understanding precisely what you want in a dog before beginning your search. The value of observing and interacting with a variety of agility dogs that do not belong to you. The significance of repeat breedings and why they matter. Mentioned/Related Let’s Talk Puppies! BDA Puppy Resources
2/21/202430 minutes, 9 seconds
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333: Teeter Criteria

In this episode (27:26) Join us as we discuss the importance of defining and achieving clear criteria for teeter performance. Learn about the challenges unique to the teeter that vary by the breed and weight of a dog, and how to determine exactly which criteria may be best suited to your dog. You Will Learn The importance of having clear criteria for teeter performances in agility. Common challenges in training the teeter and how they differ from other contact obstacles. Strategies for setting, teaching, and maintaining effective teeter criteria. Judging perspectives on teeter performances and training tips to meet competitive standards. Mentioned/Related Episode 257: Consistent Contact Criteria Teeter Drop Times All About the Teeter Episode 107: Training the Teeter Dog Agility Virtual Matchup: Small vs Large
2/14/202427 minutes, 27 seconds
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332: Agility Seminars

In this episode (29:33) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban touch on the evolution of seminars in the agility world, while sharing essential tips on choosing the right seminars while maximizing value and minimizing cost. You Will Learn How to choose the right seminars based on your training stage and goals. The advantages of learning from various instructors and the importance of a primary coach. Strategies for financial planning and maximizing the value of seminars. The evolving role of seminars in agility training.
2/6/202429 minutes, 34 seconds
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331: Inside Look at AKC’s New Agility Proposals with Carrie DeYoung

In this episode (44:19) AKC Director of Agility Carrie DeYoung joins the podcast to discuss the latest round of proposed changes, giving us the insider perspective on how and why these recommendations came about and what they mean for the agility community. You Will Learn The background and details of the proposed agility updates and changes. The process and considerations behind these agility regulation recommendations. The fate of the table. What exactly a “bar” jump is. How you can make suggestions to AKC agility. Mentioned/Related The latest Rules and Regulations can be found here: https://www.akc.org/rules/ The current Regulations for Agility Trials and Agility Course Test (ACT) at the time of the podcast. The current AKC Agility Judge’s Guidelines at the time of the podcast.
1/30/202444 minutes, 20 seconds
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330: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 2

photo credit: Great Dane Photos In this episode (44:38) In this episode, we delve into Early Take Off (ETO) in agility dogs with our guest, Jean Lavalley. We explore the complexities of ETO, its effect on dogs’ agility performance, and share personal experiences dealing with this challenge. Make sure you listen to Part 1 first: Episode 329: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 1 You Will Learn What Early Take Off (ETO) is and how it affects agility dogs. The common signs and symptoms of ETO. Handling adjustments for dogs with ETO. How students and instructors should approach ETO. Mentioned/Related Episode 329: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 1 Clean Run Focus Issue on Early Take Off You can find Set Point in Susan Salo’s jump grid book. Don’t miss the 2024 NAC Prep Course! Click here for information and to sign up!
1/23/202444 minutes, 38 seconds
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329: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 1

In this episode (47:05) In this episode, we delve into Early Take Off (ETO) in agility dogs with our guest, Jean Lavalley. We explore the complexities of ETO, its effect on dogs’ agility performance, and share personal experiences dealing with this challenge. You Will Learn What Early Take Off (ETO) is and how it affects agility dogs. The common signs and symptoms of ETO. Handling adjustments for dogs with ETO. How students and instructors should approach ETO. Mentioned/Related Clean Run Focus Issue on Early Take Off You can find Set Point in Susan Salo’s jump grid book.
1/16/202447 minutes, 6 seconds
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328: Navigating your Agility Ambitions in 2024

In this episode (39:04) In this episode, we share our personal agility goals for the upcoming year, as well as strategies for successfully reaching your own goals. We also discuss the importance of separating your self-worth from your agility accomplishments and failures. You Will Learn Effective strategies for setting and achieving agility training goals. How to maintain consistency and motivation in dog agility training. The value of community and connection within the agility world. Mentioned/Related Episode 325: The UKI North American Invitational Episode 44: Dog Agility Dreams & Goals Episode 274: 21 Days to a Better 2021 Episode 316: Make or Ditch New Year’s Resolutions? Episode 124: Dealing with Disappointment in Dog Agility
1/9/202439 minutes, 5 seconds
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327: How Many Verbal Cues Do You Need?

photo credit: Great Dane Photos In this episode (48:58) In this episode, join Jennifer, Esteban, and Sarah as they delve into the world of verbal cues in dog agility. Explore the nuances of verbal versus non-verbal commands, how timing affects cues, and the impact of handler skills on training success. You Will Learn The difference between verbal and non-verbal cues in agility training. How the timing of verbal cues can impact a dog’s performance. The role of handler proficiency in the effectiveness of verbal commands. Understanding the number of verbal cues needed for effective agility training. Mentioned/Related Episode 50: Puppy Paralysis Episode 295: The Timing of Verbal Cues How Committed Are You?
1/3/202448 minutes, 59 seconds
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326: Interview with US Open Champion Perry DeWitt

In this episode (43:39) In this episode, we’re thrilled to welcome back Perry DeWitt to discuss her phenomenal success in both the UKI US Open and the AKC European Open Team Tryouts. We delve into her winning strategies, training techniques, and experiences in these top-level competitions. You Will Learn Perry’s approach to handling multiple dogs at different jump heights. The complexities and rewards of competing and training with a spouse. Perry’s advice to both new and seasoned competitors. Mentioned/Related Episode 321: Post NAC Wrap-Up with Emily Klarman and Perry DeWitt Episode 213: Interview with Westminster Champion Perry DeWitt Agility as a puzzle: Episode 324: Resource for AKC Agility Course Maps
12/26/202343 minutes, 40 seconds
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325: The UKI North American Invitational

In this episode (48:22) In this episode, Esteban and Sarah are joined by Greg Derrett, CEO and Co-founder of UKI, to discuss the inaugural UKI North American Invitational. You Will Learn The concept and logistics behind the UKI North American Invitational. Who gets invited to the event. How this invitational differs from other agility opens. The growth and future plans of UKI and the US Open. Mentioned/Related Link to the UKI North American Invitational Link to the UKI North American Invitational 2024 Documents Story of Astroturf Previous podcast covering the US West Coast Open: Episode 304: UKI in 2022 with Greg Derrett Episode 247: Interview with Greg Derrett on UKI At Home Agility Program Episode 182: Choose Your Own Agility Adventure
12/19/202348 minutes, 23 seconds
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324: Resource for AKC Agility Course Maps

In this episode (32:59) In this episode, we’re joined by Sammi Flynn, the admin of a Facebook group dedicated to archiving AKC Agility course maps. This group, with over 6,300 members, collects maps from various agility trials to aid in training and competition preparation. You Will Learn The purpose of the Facebook group and its approach to collecting agility course maps. The group’s policy against critiquing maps or judges. How agility competitors use these maps for training, trend analysis, and mental puzzles. Sammi Flynn’s journey from a novice to group admin and the challenges involved. Mentioned/Related Link to the AKC agility course maps Facebook group Episode 323: The Past, Present, and Future of AKC ISC
12/12/202333 minutes
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323: The Past, Present, and Future of AKC ISC

In this episode (38:13) In this episode, we’re joined by Director of Agility for the American Kennel Club, Carrie DeYoung to talk about the recent changes to the International Sweepstakes Class (ISC). You Will Learn How ISC was used over the past two decades within AKC. Why the AKC made changes to the ISC program. How levels work (A1, A2, A3, J1, J2, J3). How to find your ISC results online. Mentioned/Related Episode 93: The New AKC Premier Class is Coming An example of the ISC results online. An example A1 Course (courtesy of the AKC Agility Course Maps Facebook Group) An example A2 Course An example A3 Course An example J2 Course An example J3 Course CHAI TEA???
9/27/202338 minutes, 14 seconds
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322: Handler Mental Recovery After Canine Physical Recovery

In this episode (36:25) In this episode, we talk about the mental management required from the HANDLER after a DOG injury. Coming back from an injury requires a great medical team and a dedicated trainer. Rehab is hard work! But many handlers are surprised to discover that mental aspects of returning to the ring, even with the blessing of your veterinarian, is the hardest part of the process. You Will Learn Why getting back in the ring is the hardest part, mentally, for the handler. Why trying to monitor your dog while you run is working against your goals. That not every limp means catastrophe. Five benign things that might cause your dog to limp. Mentioned/Related Episode 6: CCL Injuries and TPLO Episode 194: Forced Breaks in Your Dog Agility Training Learn about the Invitational Prep Course
9/22/202336 minutes, 26 seconds
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321: Post NAC Wrap-Up with Emily Klarman and Perry DeWitt

In this episode (48:02) In this episode, newly crowned AKC National Agility Champions Emily Klarman and Perry DeWitt talk about the this year’s event! You Will Learn What was going through Perry’s mind as she sat on the hot seat for over a dozen dogs on the way to capturing the win. Perry’s advice to Emily just before Finals. What Perry, Emily and Jenn thought of the new schedule/format. Mentioned/Related Train with Perry and Emily at United Dog. March 22th, 2023 Wednesday Wrap Up (AKC Nationals) The Evolution of the AKC National Agility Championship Finals Course The Challengers Map The Finals Map
4/6/202348 minutes, 3 seconds
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320: What NOT to Train Right Before a Big Event

In this episode (29:31) In this episode, the BDA team talks about how we approach training as we get closer and closer to a big event. You Will Learn Why Jennifer and Esteban resist “bubble wrapping” their dogs before big events. Why you should focus on rate of reinforcement if you make a mistake in a trial close to the big event. Why Esteban often skips the practice run. How your focus on mistakes in the past can cause additional mistakes in the future. Mentioned/Related Episode 189: How to Structure Your Dog Agility Season Join our mailing list to get the Wednesday Wrap-Up in your email! This link will take you to a free Front Cross training video AND sign you up for the mailing list. Check out the Before and After online course (registration closes March 16th, 11:59pm)
3/14/202329 minutes, 32 seconds
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319: Essentials For Your New Puppy

In this episode (31:16) In this episode, the BDA team talks about preparing for a new puppy. You Will Learn How Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban prepare for each new puppy. How to use your day to day routine to create a supplies list. Jenn’s shopping weakness. The one essential tool that Jenn only uses with new puppies. Mentioned/Related Don’t forget your: Crates (LOT OF CRATES!) Crate covers X-Pens Gates Harness Snuffle Mat Antlers Puzzles and Enrichment Games Hol-ee Roller
3/3/202331 minutes, 17 seconds
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318: Should You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

In this episode (33:07) In this episode, the BDA team ponders the question: is there ever a time when a handler-dog team should NOT improve on or acquire a new skill? You Will Learn How your agility instructor influences your decision making. How to prevent yourself from “settling” for a suboptimal performance. How to challenge your dog and yourself on course. When settling for less is okay. How Jennifer and Sarah are preparing people for the AKC National Agility Championship in March. Mentioned/Related Episode 225: Using ROI to Structure Your Training Episode 250: Is Your Dog Agility “Good Enough”
1/27/202333 minutes, 8 seconds
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317: 2022 AKC Agility Invitational Wrap Up with Jane Bronson

(Photo Credit: Great Dane Photography) In this episode (36:56) In this episode, 20″ AKC Invitational winner Jane Bronson joins the podcast to talk about her dogs and multi-year experience at the event. You Will Learn How to pronounce nederlandse kooikerhondje. What it takes to make the finals at the AKC Invitational. What Jane and Jennifer thought of the course designs. How AKC.tv covered the event. Mentioned/Related Watch the Invitational on AKC.tv Check out the Finals Map. Course Design Trends at the AKC Invitational Episode 202: AKC Invitational with Carrie DeYoung How to say Nederlandse Kooikerhondje The AKC Standard for the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje.
1/19/202336 minutes, 57 seconds
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316: Make or Ditch New Year’s Resolutions?

In this episode (39:37) In this episode, the BDA crew helps you start your 2023 with an agility flourish as they tackle the issue of New Year’s resolutions, including pros and cons, as well as tips for success. You Will Learn Why you should or (shouldn’t) make New Year’s Resolutions. How goal setting and action planning are different. How the intention-behavior gap affects your New Year’s resolutions. How approach goals and avoidance goals impact your psychology. What the acronym SMART stands for. How hard your goals should be. Mentioned/Related Goal Setting and Action Planning for Health Behavior Change Episode 274: 21 Days to a Better 2021 Episode 210: How to Goal Set for Big Events in 2019 Episode 155: Three Emotions Keeping You From Setting Agility Goals Episode 44: Dog Agility Dreams & Goals Achieve Your Dog Agility Goals    
1/13/202339 minutes, 38 seconds
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315: Winter Training and Holiday Update

(Photo Credit: A. Wooten Photography) In this episode (38:09) In this episode, the BDA crew identifies top priorities for people’s winter agility training outside of the ring. You Will Learn What skills you can teach and/or improve outside of the ring. Why winter might be a great time to get a new dog or puppy. Why Esteban started the Wednesday Wrap Up How the decline of USDAA and growth of UKI might be related. How Jennifer qualified a sheltie for the AKC Invitational. Mentioned/Related Does Your Dog Check Out When You Lead Out? (Facebook Live) Episode 189: How to Structure Your Dog Agility Season Episode 202: AKC Invitational with Carrie DeYoung Soccer vs Football Linguistic History December 7, 2022 Wednesday Wrap Up (EOTT, Cynosport, Holiday Movies) Episode 154: Kids and Dogs and Jennifer Crank
12/9/202238 minutes, 10 seconds
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314: Take the Lead Provides Health and Disaster Assistance for AKC Agility Handlers

In this episode (23:52) In this episode, we talk with Paul Campanella and Tom Bradley about the non-profit Take the Lead. “Take the Lead was established in 1993 to provide direct services, support and care for those in the purebred dog community who were facing the devastating challenges of life-threatening or terminal illness. In addition, we are now able to provide assistance in cases of civil disasters.” You Will Learn The story behind Take the Lead. How to apply for assistance from Take the Lead. How you can contribute to Take the Lead. A sneak peek into the 10th Anniversary of the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster! Mentioned/Related Take the Lead Support the Take the Lead Mission by becoming a member: https://takethelead.org/membership/
11/4/202223 minutes, 53 seconds
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313: Interview with Junior Handler Jada Sawhney

In this episode (29:01) In this episode, we talk with junior handler Jada Sawhney who just came back from the Border Collie Specialty and the Incredible Dog Challenge with podium finishes! You Will Learn How Jada got started in agility. Why we chose Jada as a Bad Dog Agility Sponsored Athlete. How the opportunities for juniors have changed over the last 15 years. How the Border Collie Specialty and the Incredible Dog Challenge are structured. Why Sarah and Esteban are agility boomers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_LUiuByyPA Mentioned/Related Announcing Jada as a Bad Dog Agility Sponsored Athlete! Watch Jada’s runs from the Incredible Dog Challenge.
10/7/202229 minutes, 2 seconds
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312: Interview with European Open Winner Angie Benacquisto

In this episode (47:44) In this episode, we talk with Angie Benacquisto, the first American to win the European Open! You Will Learn How Angie prepared herself to be able to run the long lines typical of international agility at the highest levels. The effect that the competition rules have on the competitiveness of the event. How Angie’s path to gold included 15th non-clean runs. Mentioned/Related Episode 275: Handler Fitness and Agility Watch Angie and Sundae’s winning run!
9/22/202247 minutes, 45 seconds
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311: Performing Your Best After Travel

In this episode (32:15) In this episode, we discuss how travel before big events affects performance and what you can do about it! You Will Learn The travel strategy that has led Jennifer to national championships and world medals! Why thinking about what causes you stress can help direct your travel plans. How the body responds to chronic versus acute physical stress. The importance of warming up after travel.
7/30/202232 minutes, 16 seconds
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310: How to Deal with Ring Conflicts

In this episode (26:37) In this episode, Jennifer explains how to deal with ring conflicts and shares her advice for running multiple dogs at a trial. You Will Learn Strategies for dealing with ring conflicts. How to deal with the stress of running multiple dogs at a trial. When you should try to avoid ring conflicts. How to train yourself to deal with ring conflicts. The importance of visualization to success. Mentioned/Related How to Use the Practice Jump Episode 182: Choose Your Own Agility Adventure
7/15/202226 minutes, 38 seconds
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309: Post Westminster Interview with “Team Bee”

In this episode (58:44) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban talk with Jennifer Crank and Jean Lavalley about Bee’s record setting Westminster win. You Will Learn Why it is harder for the 16″ dog to be named the overall winner than it is for the 20″ dog. What Westminster records Jennifer has set and which record she has her eye on. The story behind “Team Bee” throwing out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game! Mentioned/Related Watch Bee’s Winning Run: here (view from stands) and here (Westminster Facebook) and here (Fox broadcast plus lots of great behind the scenes including the announcement of the overall winner) Cool Westminster Winner Announcement
7/8/202258 minutes, 45 seconds
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308: Interview with Club Representative Jane Dewey

In this episode (46:25) In this podcast, Jane Dewey joins the podcast to talk about putting on a trial from the club perspective. You Will Learn The responsibilities of the club and club members. Why small clubs may rent out their name. The difference between a club and a business. Mentioned/Related Podcast #1 in our Behind the Scenes series: Episode 305: Interview with Judge Sheyla Gutierrez Podcast #2 in our Behind the Scenes series: Episode 306: Interview with Trial Secretary Noreen Bennett The Growth of AKC Games
4/27/202246 minutes, 26 seconds
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307: Post NAC Wrap-Up with Betsey Lynch, Jennifer Crank, and Amber McCune

In this episode (1:08:31) In this episode, newly crowned AKC National Agility Champions Jennifer Crank, Betsey Lynch, and Amber McCune talk about the NAC experience in this big wrap up podcast! You Will Learn How competitors felt about the dirt surface. How the color of the dirt may have impacted dogs. What the champions thought about the Finals course. What the venue was like. Mentioned/Related The 20 Foot Trap Episode 305: Interview with Judge Sheyla Gutierrez Train with Amber at American K9 Country
4/15/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 32 seconds
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306: Interview with Trial Secretary Noreen Bennett

In this episode (41:23) In this podcast, Noreen Bennett of PawPrint Trials joins the podcast to educate competitors about the role a trial secretary plays at AKC trials. You Will Learn The responsibilities of the trial secretary. How management of trial entries and results have evolved over the years. Why most trial entries are not handled electronically. The future of agility trial management. How Jennifer feels about her brief stint as a trial secretary. Mentioned/Related Podcast #1 in our Behind the Scenes series: Episode 305: Interview with Judge Sheyla Gutierrez PawPrint Trials
3/30/202241 minutes, 24 seconds
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305: Interview with Judge Sheyla Gutierrez

In this episode (54:19) In this podcast, AKC judge Sheyla Gutierrez shares how she came to be a judge at the National Agility Championship as well as her thoughts on course design and responsibilities of a judge. You Will Learn Why AKC courses can be difficult to design. What course design trends are happening in AKC agility. How Sheyla came to judge at the upcoming NAC. What judges can and can not control. Mentioned/Related Sheyla’s Website
3/25/202254 minutes, 20 seconds
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304: UKI in 2022 with Greg Derrett

In this episode (49:53) UKI co-founder Greg Derrett joins the podcast talk about UKI in North America, including the US Open, cup events, and the new West Coast Open. You Will Learn How UKI started as an organization created by competitors, for competitors. Why UKI created the West Coast Open. How many members UKI has in North America. The difference between a “Cup” event and a “Classic” event. How the bye system works in UKI. Mentioned/Related Episode 12: Interview with Greg and Laura Derrett Episode 150: The Global Judging Program with Lee Gibson The UKI Website: https://ukagilityinternational.com/ Bye Tracker Episode 42: The Internet, Dog Agility, and You
3/10/202249 minutes, 54 seconds
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303: Interview with Enya Habel and Anna Hinze

In this episode (44:02) Swedish champion Enya Habel and German champion Anna Hinze join the podcast to talk about European agility, course design trends, jump heights, breed diversity, and how Covid-19 impacted the sport in their countries. You Will Learn What course design trends that FCI competitors are seeing. How many jump heights are in FCI agility trials. How many people compete at the Swedish and German national championships. How Covid-19 affected training and competition in Sweden and Germany. Mentioned/Related Episode 137: Swedish Jump Heights and Its Effect on FCI Follow Enya on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enya.habel Follow Anna on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clickerjunkies Enya’s Training Diary Anna’s Online Courses
3/2/202244 minutes, 3 seconds
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302: Does Your Agility Training Feel Like Whac-A-Mole?

In this episode (32:04) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban talk about Whac-A-Mole and dog agility. You Will Learn Why training your dog can feel like playing Whac-A-Mole. The difference between training sequentially vs in parallel. How you can use problem-based training to fix your issues. Mentioned/Related Never heard of Whac-A-Mole? Here’s the wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whac-A-Mole Episode 226: Sequential vs Parallel Training On the Job Training using Placement of Reward Episode 139: The Test/Train/Adjust Cycle
2/24/202232 minutes, 5 seconds
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301: Are You Overusing Some Cues in Dog Agility?

In this episode (15:25) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban talk the difference between OVERUSE and MISUSE and dive deeper into what your instructor may mean when using these terms. You Will Learn Why instructors (including us!) should be careful with terminology. Why “overuse” may be misuse in disguise. Why it’s problematic to have one cue for a wide range of responses. Mentioned/Related Episode 63: A Newcomer’s Guide to Handling Systems Episode 30: Analyzing Mistakes and a Look at Systems
2/14/202215 minutes, 26 seconds
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300: Eleven Reasons to Trial

In this episode (29:45) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban talk how having goals for trialing, beyond ribbons and titles, can help you improve your dog agility performance. You Will Learn How being clear on your trialing goals can save you time and money. What Jennifer and Esteban do with their ribbons. How your goals can shift through a dog’s career. How you can structure your goals leading to big events. Mentioned/Related Episode 182: Choose Your Own Agility Adventure
2/4/202229 minutes, 46 seconds
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299: Playing It Safe

In this episode (33:17) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban talk about “playing it safe” when you’re running an agility course. When should you play it safe? What are the pros and cons of playing it safe? You Will Learn What it means to “play it safe”. When handlers should or should not play it safe. Why Esteban changed his approach in recent years. How Jennifer changed her approach over the years. How to determine what is best for you and your dog. Mentioned 2014 AKC NAC Round 1 Wrap Choice – Pace vs Gitchi Episode 182: Choose Your Own Agility Adventure
1/26/202233 minutes, 18 seconds
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298: Managing Your Dog During Class

n this episode (25:29) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban discuss the evolution of how people manage their dogs during classes—when it’s NOT their turn. You Will Learn Different strategies for managing your dog, including a leash, cot/bed, or crate. Pros and cons of each strategy. What the BDA team prefers to use when training alone vs in a class or seminar. Mentioned Episode 1: Using a Crate During Training
1/13/202225 minutes, 29 seconds
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297: Function Before Fashion

In this episode (35:33) In this podcast, the BDA crew share how the sport shapes their fashion choices on course! You Will Learn Why Jennifer never wears sunglasses. How people with long hair might benefit from a ponytail. How your clothing choices may affect your dog’s performance.
12/17/202135 minutes, 34 seconds
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296: At What Age Should You Move to Preferred?

In this episode (34:06) In this podcast Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban answer your question “When do most people move their dog to preferred/performance/select for the lower jump height?” You Will Learn The most common reasons people move their dogs to a lower height class. How your dog may benefit from jumping a lower height. Factors to consider as your dog ages. Mentioned Jennifer Crank and Bee Place in all Four Rounds at the AKC European Open Team Tryouts Sarah Baker’s Online Course: Agility Foundation for Puppies and Young Dogs (featuring 2022 EO Team Member Skeptic) ETO –> Early Take Off
12/9/202134 minutes, 7 seconds
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295: The Timing of Verbal Cues

In this episode (30:26) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban discuss the timing of verbal cues. You Will Learn Whether or not you need verbal cues. Why it’s important to know how verbal your dog really is. When to give verbal cues. Common mistakes people make when using verbal cues. Mentioned Episode 76: Verbal Cues in Dog Agility The 20 Foot Trap How Committed Are You? Episode 187: Physical and Mental Commitment
11/12/202130 minutes, 27 seconds
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294: Interview with Kathy Keats on Dogs, Sport, and Life

In this episode (54:21) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah and Esteban talk with Kathy Keats about dogs, sport, and life. You Will Learn Why mindset is important for beginners. How handlers can improve their mindset. What it means to be “in the zone”. Why handlers underperform at big events. How to separate your agility results from your self-worth. Mentioned/Related The Kathy Keats Show (Podcast) Kathy Keats’ Website Episode 159: Handler Muscle Memory for Dog Agility
11/4/202154 minutes, 22 seconds
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293: Forward-Chaining and Back-Chaining

In this episode (17:30) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban explain how they use back-chaining and forward-chaining to help dogs learn more quickly. You Will Learn What back-chaining is and when to use it. What forward-chaining is and when to use it. Which technique is more favored by Bad Dog Agility instructors. Mentioned A Quick Training Tip for Improving 2 On 2 Off Contact Performance
10/27/202117 minutes, 30 seconds
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292: What To Do When Things Start Off Poorly at a Big Event

In this episode (19:40) In this episode, the BDA coaches give handlers advice on what to do when things start off poorly at a trial that’s very important to them. You Will Learn How the format of the event impacts handler psychology. Jennifer’s 3 step plan for dealing with early disappointment. Esteban’s key tip for moving on after a bad run.
10/21/202119 minutes, 41 seconds
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291: Fall Agility Update

In this episode (32:14) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban highlight recent and upcoming events in the agility world. You Will Learn When and where USDAA Cynosport, UKI’s US Open, the AKC Invitational, Westminster, and the European Open team tryouts will be held. Where Jennifer was last weekend. How COVID affects these events. Mentioned Previous discussion on the Incredible Dog Challenge: Episode 199: How to Speed Up Your Agility Dog
10/7/202132 minutes, 15 seconds
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290: Speed vs Accuracy

In this episode (29:17) In this episode, the BDA team talks about the relationship between speed and accuracy in dog agility. You Will Learn Why many people believe speeding up a dog will decrease accuracy. How techniques for improving your course time depends on your situation. The #1 easy thing to fix to improve your dog’s course time. Why it’s easier to speed up your dog if you’re a really bad handler. Mentioned Swift winning all fours rounds at tryouts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Riu4GoeiCyA Episode 179: Which is Faster, a Front Cross or Rear Cross? Episode 199: How to Speed Up Your Agility Dog
9/29/202129 minutes, 18 seconds
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289: The End of Coach’s Eye

In this episode (25:48) Instructors at Bad Dog Agility have been using the Coach’s Eye app to analyze maps and videos of runs for years, but no longer! Coach’s Eye is being retired and users have one year of support from the company. Not to worry, Sarah has already found a replacement app, OnForm. You Will Learn What is happening with Coach’s Eye. Sarah’s recommended app to replace Coach’s Eye. What Jennifer and Esteban think of the new app. Upgrades and differences between Coach’s Eye and the new app. Mentioned Our Recommendation: OnForm An example video analysis from our archives: AKC NAC Finals Map Analysis An example of side by side analysis (at time 8:45): Did 75% of dogs go the wrong way at AKC Nationals?
9/22/202125 minutes, 49 seconds
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288: Interview with 2-Time Highest Scoring All-American Westminster Winner Lisa Topol

In this episode (42:46) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban are joined by Lisa Topol, the 2021 AND 2019 Highest Scoring All-American dog at the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. You Will Learn How Lisa is like Lebron James. What you should expect from your rescue dog. How Plop got his name. Why shelters and rescues are full of great agility prospects. Why it is important to know your goal for every agility run. Mentioned/Related https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/sports/training-agility-apartment/ Lisa will soon be offering training at her new facility. Check out the website https://www.weavegottheruns.com/ for details (currently under construction!)
9/15/202142 minutes, 47 seconds
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287: Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

In this episode (14:35) What would you do if you were without an agility partner for two years? In this podcast, Sarah and Jennifer talk with Collene Gaolach, an agility competitor without a partner who has continued to learn and improve as a handler WITHOUT a dog. You Will Learn Why Collene does agility with “her invisible dog”. How walking and running a course without a dog can improve your handling skills. How you can quickly set up full courses with placeholders. Why the “why’s” of agility are so important.
9/8/202114 minutes, 36 seconds
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286: Why Agility?

In this episode (37:09) This podcast is taken from a live video presentation. In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban explore WHY people love agility and how trainers can use their WHY to map out the next 12 months of their agility lives. You Will Learn The 9 categories of why people do agility. How your “why” affects your planning. What happens when your goal setting doesn’t match up with your “why”.
5/20/202137 minutes, 10 seconds
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285: Private Lessons

In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban talk about private lessons in dog agility and how you can use them more effectively. You Will Learn Differences in private lessons between novice and advanced handlers. Why setting expectations is important. How to maximize your learning during a private lesson. How private lessons can be used in a variety of ways.
5/15/202120 minutes, 35 seconds
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284: How to Get a Perfect 1600 on Your Next Agility Run

In this episode (38:37) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban apply concepts from “How to Get a Perfect 1600 SAT Score” to dog agility. Implement these study habits to your training for maximum results! You Will Learn How to distinguish between high-quality and low-quality practice. How to emphasize quality over quantity. How to be ruthless about understanding your mistakes. How to find patterns in your weaknesses. How to eliminate careless errors. How to develop amazing study habits. How to deal with pressure. Mentioned/Related The “Inspiration” Article Episode 14: Agility Instructors, They’re G-r-r-reat! Episode 30: Analyzing Mistakes and a Look at Systems Episode 212: Do You Really Need Video Analysis?
5/10/202138 minutes, 38 seconds
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283: Running Other People’s Dogs

In this episode (43:30) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban talk about running other people’s dogs, including why and how they do it. You Will Learn Why people ask other people to run their dog. Why you need the “keys to the car” to make it work. How your training and handling strategies depend on exactly why you’re running someone else’s dog. Why you should consider pet insurance for someone else’s dog. Why people co-own dogs in agility. Tips for a successful team approach to dog agility.
4/30/202143 minutes, 31 seconds
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282: Should You Switch From Stopped to Running Contacts?

In this episode (34:24) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban reveal the many factors handlers have to take into consideration when they answer the question, “Should I convert my stopped contact to a running contact?” You Will Learn Why there’s sometimes a penalty for teaching old dogs new tricks. What makes you and your a stronger or weaker candidate for retraining. The difference between converting a dogwalk or a-frame. How much time you will likely gain after making the switch. Whether your dog’s breed or size really matters.
4/23/202134 minutes, 24 seconds
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281: What Do Handlers Eat at Big Events?

In this episode (14:29) In this episode, Jennifer and Esteban share their not-so-secret agility trial eating habits with Sarah. You Will Learn What Jennifer and Esteban eat at big agility events. How they time their meals around agility runs. What snacks they prefer for quick energy. The #1 thing agility competitors forgot to consume, especially in the winter.
4/15/202114 minutes, 30 seconds
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280: NAC Wrap-Up with Judge Tim Verrelli

In this episode (1:08:22) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban welcome special guest Tim Verrelli, judge of the AKC National Agility Championship Finals. Podcast co-host Jennifer Crank doubles as a special guest as she won the 16″ Finals at this event. You Will Learn Who won the NAC and PNAC titles this year. Which podcast participant has been doing agility the longest. What breeds Tim has run in agility. When Tim designed the Finals course. Why Esteban loved the Finals course. What obstacle replaces the chute in AKC. How Jennifer won her 2nd NAC in 3 years with P!nk with the fastest time in all heights. How the ESPN broadcast affected the Finals. Why ESPN cut 10 dogs out of the Finals broadcast on ESPN2. How livestream comments about preferred dogs created a controversy. When and where the Premier Cup will take place. Mentioned/Related Esteban’s AKC NAC Finals Map Analysis Watch Jennifer and P!nk's Winning Run
4/7/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 23 seconds
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279: Pinwheel Problems

In this episode (17:57) In this episode, the BDA team discusses one of the most classic jump sequences in all of agility: the pinwheel. You Will Learn What a pinwheel is. How most people handle pinwheels. Problems people encounter on pinwheels. Why dogs sometimes mistakenly turn away from the handler on pinwheels. How to handle pinwheels better. How to vary your reinforcement schedule to help your dog stay motivated on pinwheels.
3/23/202117 minutes, 58 seconds
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278: How to Help Your Dog the Right Way

In this episode (18:56) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss how to help our dog be successful and improve their learning at the same time. You Will Learn Why helping your dog be correct doesn’t always teach your dog the right lesson. How you can help your dog without changing your handling. Why it’s helpful to work through problems when they occur. Mentioned/Related How to Help Your Agility Dog Get It Right On the Job Training using Placement of Reward
3/4/202118 minutes, 57 seconds
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277: What Are Your Nerves Telling You?

In this episode (34:35) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban share their own experiences with nerves before an agility run. You Will Learn What you can learn from your nerves. How you can alleviate your nerves by taking a closer look. How nerves change depending on the dog on and context. How great athletes handle nerves at big events. Mentioned/Related Are you 98% excited and 2% scared? Or 98% scared and 2% excited? 🙂 Episode 169: Creating a Crate to Crate Routine
2/11/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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276: Building Success

In this episode (34:35) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss the process of constructing a building for agility. You Will Learn What goes into building a space for agility. What factors were most important to Jennifer. The pros and cons of renting out your space. The maintenance requirements of different surfaces. The timeline of Jennifer’s building from the first stake in the ground to when she was given the keys!. Mentioned/Related The turf Jennifer used is True Turf from GrassTex.
2/4/202140 minutes, 55 seconds
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275: Handler Fitness and Agility

In this episode (43:18) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban are joined by Chris Kerton aka Kert, Handler Fitness Coach for Team Great Britain and owner of Karma Fitness. You Will Learn How fitness training can be specialized for dog agility handlers. Why anaerobic fitness is important for agility. How strength training can help prevent injury. Why mistakes may be more common toward the end of courses. Mentioned/Related Contact Kert on Facebook Train with Kert at Karma Fitness Episode 69: Dog Agility – The Great Motivator
1/28/202143 minutes, 19 seconds
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274: 21 Days to a Better 2021

In this episode (34:35) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban share their tricks for developing new habits that will help your dog agility in 2021. You Will Learn Why you need to move past will power to create new habits. How his family locked Esteban out of eating candy. Why people like to socialize after an agility trial. How to use Netflix to condition your dogs. When you might benefit from an accountability partner. Mentioned/Related Episode 210: How to Goal Set for Big Events in 2019 Episode 155: Three Emotions Keeping You From Setting Agility Goals Episode 44: Dog Agility Dreams & Goals Achieve Your Dog Agility Goals Want your own timed lock box? Try this.
1/21/202134 minutes, 36 seconds
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273: Strategy or Execution?

In this episode (25:09) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban define strategy and execution while exploring the difference between them. You Will Learn The difference between strategy and execution. How to use course maps to develop your strategies. How to develop strategies without course maps. Why visualization can help your strategic planning. How instructors can tailor classes for strategy or execution. Why execution applies to dog training as well as handling. Mentioned/Related Analyzing Your Mistakes in Dog Agility
1/15/202125 minutes, 10 seconds
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272: All About the Tunnel - Part 2

In this episode (19:32) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban show why the tunnel may be a far more complex obstacle than most competitors realize. (Click here for Part 1) You Will Learn The handling impact of curving or straightening a tunnel. How tunnels interact with different dog heights. Whether you should train on light or dark-colored tunnels. How to properly bag and anchor your tunnel. What length tunnel you should train on. If “tunnel suckers” actually exist. Why handlers shouldn’t get too close to the tunnel. How to cue tight turns after the tunnel. When to time your verbal cues for the next obstacle after a tunnel. How to handle common tunnel traps. Mentioned/Related Episode 129: The Connection Paradigm Tunnel Discrimination and Bypass Test Can Your Dog Find a BLIND Tunnel Entry? Sarah’s Tunnel Bag Recommendation: https://www.tunelypropsy.cz/en/articles/stabilization-bags/fixation-bag-sara/. Customers in the USA can contact Mary Ellen Barry at [email protected] to place an order. Water bags are becoming a popular way to weight your bags rather than dirt. You can pour out the water before transporting bags and refill anywhere there is a hose: https://smartbottleinc.com/product/5-3-gallon
12/23/202019 minutes, 33 seconds
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271: All About the Tunnel – Part 1

In this episode (31:41) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban show why the tunnel may be a far more complex obstacle than most competitors realize. You Will Learn The handling impact of curving or straightening a tunnel. How tunnels interact with different dog heights. Whether you should train on light or dark-colored tunnels. How to properly bag and anchor your tunnel. What length tunnel you should train on. If “tunnel suckers” actually exist. Why handlers shouldn’t get too close to the tunnel. How to cue tight turns after the tunnel. When to time your verbal cues for the next obstacle after a tunnel. How to handle common tunnel traps. Mentioned/Related Sarah’s Tunnel Bag Recommendation: https://www.tunelypropsy.cz/en/articles/stabilization-bags/fixation-bag-sara/. Customers in the USA can contact Mary Ellen Barry at [email protected] to place an order. Water bags are becoming a popular way to weight your bags rather than dirt. You can pour out the water before transporting bags and refill anywhere there is a hose: https://smartbottleinc.com/product/5-3-gallon
12/17/202031 minutes, 42 seconds
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270: Winter Training

In this episode (26:00) In this podcast episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban help you prepare for winter training! You Will Learn How to create a plan for your winter season. Why you should tailor your training to the individual dog. Which agility behaviors can be taught without equipment. Why top competitors focus on conditioning. How to develop drive, focus, and motivation away from equipment. When you should take a complete break from agility.
12/9/202026 minutes, 1 second
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269: Frustration Barking in Agility

11/30/202035 minutes, 13 seconds
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268: Are You Using Too Many Call-Offs?

In this episode (20:04) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban explain what “call-offs” are and how they impact our handling and our dogs on course. You Will Learn The definition of a “call-off”. The pros and cons of call-offs. The difference between proactive and reactive handling. How various dogs respond differently to call-offs. Mentioned/Related Episode 246: Should You React or Anticipate in Dog Agility?
11/18/202020 minutes, 5 seconds
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267: Finding the Motivation to Train

In this episode (19:05) In this episode, Jennifer and Sarah help Esteban overcome his lack of motivation to train. You Will Learn How to motivate yourself to train when you don’t feel like. How to schedule your training. Why you should set the bar low. Mentioned/Related Episode 146: Record Keeping Trick for Dog Agility Episode 82: What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed And YES, Esteban DID train his dog!
11/11/202019 minutes, 6 seconds
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266: Jekyll and Hyde Contacts

In this episode (37:41) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban have a detailed discussion on why some dogs have better contacts in training than in trials, and how you can fix that. You Will Learn Common mistakes made when trainers try to fix contact issues. How to reward your dog for good contacts at a trial without taking food into the ring. Why and how to leave the ring with your dog for a contact error. Why you should leave the training field with your dog for a contact error. How to properly reward your dog in training during contact work. Mentioned Episode 111: The Myth of the Ring-Wise Dog Episode 247: Interview with Greg Derrett on UKI At Home Agility Program Episode 257: Consistent Contact Criteria
10/29/202037 minutes, 42 seconds
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265: Fall Update on Agility Trials and COVID-19

In this episode (50:28) In this episode, the team discusses the impact of Covid-19 on major dog agility events in the United States, highlighting various adjustments and postponements including the recently announced changes for Westminster 2021. You Will Learn How Covid-19 has impacted major agility events. How the US Open went 100% virtual. What Covid-19 precautions are in effect at the AKC Invitational. When European Tryouts for Team USA have been postponed to. Westminster’s new date and location for 2021. Why dog agility is being featured on a South Korean variety show. The important of mask wearing to the future of dog agility. Esteban’s thoughts on vaccine development. Mentioned Westminster Date/Location Change Announcement Episode 247: Interview with Greg Derrett on UKI At Home Agility Program AKC Agility Invitational COVID Guidelines AKC Agility Mask Policy 2020 Idol Star Dog-agility Championships on Viki.com BDA Preview: 2020 Idol Star Dog Agility Championships
10/23/202050 minutes, 29 seconds
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264: Extending Obstacles

In this episode (39:25) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban highlight the challenges of dog agility’s “extending” obstacles: the tire, the double/ascending, the triple, the panel, the wall/viaduct, and the broad/long jump. You Will Learn Why these obstacles tend to cause dogs to extend their jumping/striding. How dogs measure their take off point: which bar do they consider the “main” one? How to overcome problems with specialty jumps. Mentioned New Online Course: The Invitational Prep Course
10/15/202039 minutes, 26 seconds
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263: Cheerleading Your Agility Dog—Bring It On

In this episode (19:40) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban talk about cheerleading in dog agility. You Will Learn Why people use cheerleading in dog agility. Why cheerleading may not be the fix you think it is. When cheerleading is okay. Which BDA instructor was a cheerleader in the movie Bring It On.
10/8/202019 minutes, 41 seconds
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262: Wise Feedback for Dog Agility

In this episode (19:43) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban discuss the three elements of “wise feedback” in dog agility. Learn how you can give yourself (or your students) more valuable feedback that leads to immediate improvement. You Will Learn What the three elements of wise feedback are. Common feedback mistakes that handlers make. Why high standards are important for feedback. Why instruction is more helpful than evaluation.
10/1/202019 minutes, 44 seconds
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261: Does Your Dog Head Check?

In this episode (23:21) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban explain why dogs head check when they run on course, and how you can eliminate this problem. You Will Learn Why your dog head checks on course. When a head check is not a problem. How to eliminate problematic head checking. Mentioned/Related Episode 246: Should You React or Anticipate in Dog Agility? Episode 170: Homeostasis in Dog Agility
9/24/202023 minutes, 22 seconds
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260: Effective Use of Ring Rentals

In this episode (15:35) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban talk about how you can make the best possible use of your training time when you rent a facility or field for agility practice. You Will Learn Why you should have a plan before you arrive at the field. Tips for pre-training preparation. When you should quit before your rental time expires.
9/18/202015 minutes, 36 seconds
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259: Moving Toward Mastery

In this episode (55:04) This podcast is taken from a live video presentation. In this podcast, Sarah, Esteban and Jennifer use the front cross as an example to show you how to advance from one stage of competence to the next. You Will Learn How to use the knowledge-execution paradigm to advance your skills. The how, what, where, when, and why of front crossing. Why you should practice without the dog. How you add speed to your own handling. Mentioned/Related Episode 258: Four Stages of Competence You can watch the video replay here (available until June 30th, 2020): “Moving Toward Mastery“. What was your biggest take away from this workshop video? Leave us a comment on the replay page! Click here for the Front Cross Training Video.
6/23/202055 minutes, 5 seconds
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258: Four Stages of Competence

In this episode (38:23) This podcast is taken from a live video presentation. In this podcast, Sarah, Esteban and Jennifer discuss how handlers acquire competence in dog agility. Instructors usually talk about training the dog, but we believe the handler has even more to learn than the dog! You Will Learn How to apply the four stages of competence to dog agility. How determining your stage of competence can reduce your frustrations. How agility handling is like driving a car. The stage where most agility trainers get stuck. Mentioned/Related You can watch the video replay here: “What Stage Are You In?“. What was your biggest take away from this workshop video? Leave us a comment on the replay page! Click here to request the worksheet.
6/18/202038 minutes, 24 seconds
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257: Consistent Contact Criteria

In this episode (42:42) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban share their thoughts on two buzzwords for contact performance: “consistency” and “criteria”. You Will Learn Why instructors emphasize consistency. How altering your criteria at a trial creates a range of behaviors from your dog. How to fix broken contacts. Why dogs creep down contacts. Mentioned/Related Sarah Stremming and CogDog Radio Episode 111: The Myth of the Ring-Wise Dog
6/10/202042 minutes, 43 seconds
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256: Proofing Checklist for Dog Agility

In this episode (34:37) In this episode, we share numerous examples of proofing that you can do with your dog while training. Proofing in practice will give you better performance in the ring as your dog will feel more confident. You Will Learn Why you should proof against distractions that you will likely see at agility trials. The most common distractions a novice dog faces in the ring. At what point in training you should start proofing. Mentioned/Related Episode 204: How to Use Proofing in Your Dog Agility Training Episode 73: How to Generalize Behaviors with Your Novice Dog Episode 73: How to Generalize Behaviors with Your Novice Dog Why Your Dog Performs Better at Home Than at Trials Download the Proofing Checklist
6/3/202034 minutes, 38 seconds
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255: Wearing Masks in Dog Agility

In this episode (46:42) All information is researched but not exhaustive and not reviewed by an outside expert. Although Esteban is a licensed physician, this is NOT medical advice → you should get medical advice specific to your situation and health from your doctor, not from us or this podcast.  CLICK HERE to download this outline as a PDF Why Should We Wear Masks? Study came out 3 weeks ago titled “Universal Masking is Urgent in the COVID-19 Pandemic:SEIR and Agent Based Models, Empirical Validation, Policy Recommendations” The authors (who are from Hong Kong, UK, France and Finland) compared countries with high levels of mask-wearing to ones with low levels. Using computer modeling and real-world data, they found masks could reduce transmission. The study concluded that if 80% of the population wore masks, there would be more than a 90% drop in infection rates. Etiquette and Politics Concerning Masks Wearing a mask does not give sick people permission to attend a trial. Allergies and upper respiratory infections can look similar, don’t assume the best case (that you have allergies). Instead, assume you are sick and stay home. Risk tolerance is key, but this is subjective and based on personal risk factors. However, understand that you will likely be unhappy for two different reasons: Either you feel that there are not enough rules in place (and/or too many violations) so that you don’t feel comfortable being there because you fear getting the virus. If so, STAY HOME. Or you feel that there are too many rules in place (and they are unnecessary) so that you don’t feel comfortable being there because people are upset with you for “bending” or breaking the rules. If so, STAY HOME. Sample statement from AKC premium: “If you are concerned about the possibility of exposure to the coronavirus OR if you are unwilling to follow the states rules, it would be best if you did not enter this July trial.” Every personal situation is addressed by that statement. CDC Guidelines Who Should Wear? People older than 2 years of age in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain Who Should Not Wear? Anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. In Esteban’s opinion, these people should not be at agility trials because they are at high risk for complications from coronavirus infection. General Considerations Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. Comfort is important. Kap 7 masks 82% Polyester/18% elastane Shopping time, you should have a mask for every day of the week, like underwear! Children require a smaller fit. Leave your children at home. Leave guests at home–don’t bring them to agility trials. If it doesn’t fit well, especially around the nose, you will suck in unfiltered air from around your face. Include multiple layers of fabric PM2.5 N95 Activated Carbon Filter Mask Insert (100 for $100) Blocks at least 95% of viruses as small as 0.3 microns Virus even smaller but carried on droplets that are 5-10 microns Thread count of 180 or better for materials like sheets/pillowcases HEPA vacuum bags (hard to breathe) NO A/C BAGS DUE TO FIBERGLASS Be secured with ties or ear loops. Ties are more adjustable than a rubber band behind the ear! Metal to form the nose helps contour the mask to avoid gaps Allow for breathing without restriction. Remove very carefully, don’t touch the mask part, just touch the ties. Be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape. Air dry is okay, leave it in the sun if possible. Hotter is better than colder for washing and drying. Two situations for masks: low risk and high risk. Agility trials will be high risk. Crowded grocery stores are high risk. Walking outdoors alone is low risk. Use your filters and higher quality masks for higher risk situations and opt for comfort and no filters in low risk situations. Special Dog Agility Considerations Your dog’s comfort level with masks Other dogs’ comfort level with masks Difference in your voice Difference in facial expression The American Kennel Club (AKC) is deferring to clubs in that they should “consider recommending that exhibitors wear masks. Exhibitors should be able to run without a mask if they desire. Judges may wear masks at their discretion if not required by the club.” See the document here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn-origin-etr.akc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/12160607/Agility-Covid-19-Suggested-Best-Practices.pdf CPE Guidelines effective May 11: http://www.k9cpe.com/premiums/covid19letter05112020.pdf Philosophy: As dog sports are very “social”, we are choosing not to use the term“social distancing” rather refer to it as “physical distancing”. MASKS: Masks are to be worn by anyone within the ring (building, walking, running, judging). Masks are up to the individual, club, local, state and government guidelines when not within the ring. Exhibitors who will be wearing masks will need to bring enough masks for the duration of the trial and dispose of single use masks properly. Make sure your dog is ok with people wearing masks. We don’t want a dog becoming fearful due to something they’ve never seen before. From Esteban: We can come together as a community in order to save our sport and rebuild it in the coming years. Resources: We should wear masks study is here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340933456_Universal_Masking_is_Urgent_in_the_COVID-19_Pandemic_SEIR_and_Agent_Based_Models_Empirical_Validation_Policy_Recommendations CDC guidelines here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html Mayo Clinic interview about masks here: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-19-mayo-clinic-expert-answers-questions-about-masks-after-cdc-updates-its-recommendation/ Video: Pulmonologist Marjorie Patricia George MD demonstrates how to put on and remove a cloth mask properly https://youtu.be/iGE5eny_9gA Order swim suit material masks here: https://www.kap7.com/masks-1/ Order masks with metal nose bridge and pocket inserts here: https://www.masqd.com/collections/masks Order mask filters here: https://www.masqd.com/collections/masks/products/mask-filter AKC Guidelines here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn-origin-etr.akc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/12160607/Agility-Covid-19-Suggested-Best-Practices.pdf USDAA Guidelines here: https://usdaa.com/news/best-practices-when-agility-events-return.cfm CPE Guidelines here: http://www.k9cpe.com/premiums/covid19letter05112020.pdf
5/29/202046 minutes, 43 seconds
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254: Management Versus Training

In this episode (19:37) In this episode, Sarah Baker joins the podcast to explain the difference between management and training, and how you should apply those concepts to addressing behaviors, from barking in the crate to missed weave pole entries. You Will Learn When you should “manage” and when you should “train”. How good management protects your training. Why management is not just for puppies. How management can halt your progress in training. Mentioned/Related Let’s Talk Puppies!
5/22/202019 minutes, 38 seconds
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253: Your Dog’s Learning Pattern

In this episode (26:44) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss different learning patterns you may see in your training and how they affect your planning. You Will Learn Why you should not panic when things seem to fall apart in practice. Why it may be important to keep things the same when your dog struggles. How to recognize when you need a new training approach. Mentioned/Related Episode 78: The Power of Latent Learning
5/16/202026 minutes, 45 seconds
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252: How to Integrate Tugging into Your Training

In this episode (24:55) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban help you integrate tugging into your agility training. You Will Learn The 5 aspects of tugging. Why tugging has become more valuable in AKC agility. How to overcome weaknesses in your tugging chain. How to avoid a common mistake when using a second toy in retrieve work. Where you can learn how to teach tugging to your dog or students. Mentioned/Related Facebook Live: Let’s Talk Tugging! Our online course: The Complete Guide to Tugging
5/6/202024 minutes, 56 seconds
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251: How to Get the Most Out of Your Online Learning

In this episode (28:00) In this episode, the BDA crew shares some ideas for getting the most out of your online learning experience. You Will Learn How to find the right online classes to fill your needs. How many courses you should take at the same time. The pros and cons of Facebook classes. What auditing and visualization have in common. Mentioned/Related Episode 3: Start Line Stays; Online Agility Classes Episode 42: The Internet, Dog Agility, and You
5/1/202028 minutes, 1 second
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250: Is Your Dog Agility "Good Enough"

In this episode (30:35) In this podcast, we discuss the paradox of choice and the idea of “good enough” as a way to organize your dog agility training. You Will Learn How more choices can lead to less satisfaction. Why perfectionism paralyzes you. How you can use the concept of “good enough” to better you agility training and make difficult decisions. Mentioned/Related The Power of ‘Good Enough’ The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz Our previous podcast: Episode 148: The Paradox of Choice in Dog Agility
4/24/202030 minutes, 35 seconds
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249: Agility Relief with Anthony Clarke

In this episode (20:34) In this podcast, Anthony Clarke joins the podcast to talk about this week’s 4-day charity event called #AgilityRelief. You Will Learn Why Anthony created this 4-day event. Which charities will be supported. How the challenges are structured. How podcast co-host Jennifer Crank will be involved. How YOU can participate! Mentioned/Related Agility Relief on Facebook Event #1, April 13th 630pm BST (London)/12:30pm CDT (Houston): The Great British BARK OFF Event #2, April 14th 630pm BST (London)/12:30pm CDT (Houston): Fitness Jump Event #3, April 15th 630pm BST (London)/12:30pm CDT (Houston): Pup Star Super Star Lip Sync Event #4, April 16th 630pm BST (London)/12:30pm CDT (Houston): Fancy Feet Dance Off The Competitors
4/12/202020 minutes, 35 seconds
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248: How Should We Train During the COVID Pandemic?

In this episode (26:25) In this podcast, we talk about how you can structure your training during this time of cancelled trials and group classes. You Will Learn Why you should give yourself permission to take time off right now. How a daily schedule can help your mental state. How you can shift from event based to skill based goals. Why you may be facing overwhelm during this time. Questions to ask yourself to help structure your priorities. Mentioned/Related Episode 82: What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed Episode 42: The Internet, Dog Agility, and You
4/10/202026 minutes, 26 seconds
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247: Interview with Greg Derrett on UKI At Home Agility Program

In this episode (1:25:53) In this podcast, UKI founder Greg Derrett joins Esteban and Sarah to talk about UKI’s new “At Home Agility By Video”. You Will Learn Why UKI created this program. How UKI plans to keep competitors and dogs safe. How challenging the courses will be. Why the US Open dates were changed. How agility organizations are coping with shut downs. Mentioned/Related UKI Agility International Premium for the 30×30 Trial Premium for the 50×50 Trial Premium for the 80×80 Trial
3/30/20201 hour, 25 minutes, 54 seconds
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246: Should You React or Anticipate in Dog Agility?

In this episode (28:22) In this podcast, we talk about two different handler strategies: reaction and anticipation. Many times during a run, a handler will react to an action by their dog—the dog does something (good or bad) and the handler decides what to do next based on what the dog does. At other times, a handler will anticipate that their dog will do something (usually good) and make a decision BEFORE the dog acts. Confused? Listen to the podcast! You Will Learn How competitors REACT or ANTICIPATE when they run courses. When you should strive to anticipate your dog’s actions on course. When you should react to your dog’s actions on course. How the presence of refusals shape handlers to favor reaction over anticipation. The difference between a dog’s mental and physical commitment to an obstacle. Mentioned/Related How Committed Are You? Episode 187: Physical and Mental Commitment
3/24/202028 minutes, 23 seconds
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245: Interview with Repeat Crufts Championship Winner Dan Shaw

In this episode (31:28) In this episode, 2020 Crufts Championship Winner Dan Shaw joins the podcast. You Will Learn How the coronavirus crisis changed the Crufts event. Dan’s strategy for the preliminary rounds. Why Dan prefers to NOT run last in Finals. How you can train with Dan online. Where Dan will put his dog training focus during the time that agility shows are suspended. Mentioned/Related Watch Dan’s Runs Here Dan on Facebook Train with Dan Shaw and Dave Munnings online at Q-Me Agility
3/20/202031 minutes, 28 seconds
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244: Protecting You and Your Dog from COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

In this episode (48:08) In this episode, Esteban and Sarah discuss what you should know about the Coronavirus outbreak in order to protect yourself and your dogs. You Will Learn How to find the most accurate, up-to-date information about the Coronavirus Why this outbreak is different from past Coronavirus outbreaks Which people are at the highest risk for dying Which preventative measures you should take Why you should protect your dog from getting the virus How the Coronavirus compares to influenza (the flu) Mentioned/Related World Health Organization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA CDC) List of products effective against COVID-19 Worldometer Stats on the Coronavirus
3/6/202048 minutes, 9 seconds
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243: Does Your Agility Dog Trust You?

In this episode (24:32) In this podcast, Esteban, Sarah and Jennifer discuss why having a dog that trusts you is so important in dog agility training. You Will Learn How the trust relates to speed. How consistency relates to trust. How personality can affect your dog’s reaction to incomplete information.
2/23/202024 minutes, 33 seconds
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242: Interview with Westminster Champion Jennifer Crank

In this episode (1:14:33) In this podcast, Jennifer Crank goes from podcast co-host to interviewee. Jennifer and border collie P!nk won the overall Masters Champion at this past weekend’s Masters Agility Championship at Westminster held in New York City and made history as the first non-20″ dog to earn the title. You Will Learn How the Westminster Masters Agility Champion is selected. The results of the 2020 Westminster Masters Agility Championship. Our thoughts on the broadcast and answers to the most common questions from our listeners. Mentioned/Related Video: Jumpers With Weave Preliminary Round Video: Standard Preliminary Round Video: The Winning Run in Each Height Class Previous Podcast: Episode 238: Westminster 2020 Preview
2/15/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 33 seconds
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241: What Can Statistics Tell Us About the Last Decade in Dog Agility?

In this episode (48:55) This week we introduced a new speed-based ranking, the All-Decade Power 70. In this podcast, we discuss this ranking and the trends we see in agility over the past 10 years. You Will Learn How the All-Decade Ranking was created. Why there are 70 ranked dogs instead of 60. Why we think so many of the ranked dogs are from the last few years. What breed dominates the ranking. Mentioned/Related 2010s All-Decade Power 70 Episode 86: A Look at Rankings in Dog Agility
2/6/202048 minutes, 56 seconds
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240: Markers in Your Agility Training

In this episode (42:11) In this episode, we discuss the use of markers in your dog agility training. You Will Learn What a marker is in dog training. Why you might want multiple markers. The benefit of location based markers. Identifying inadvertent markers. Mentioned/Related Previous Podcast: Episode 181: Should You Use a Clicker During Agility Training? Sarah Stremming Previous Podcast: Episode 144: Interview with Sarah Stremming on Behavior Problems in Performance Dogs Previous Podcast: Episode 229: Is Your Dog Too Worked Up for Agility
1/29/202042 minutes, 12 seconds
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239: How to Pick the Right Agility Organization for Your Dog

In this episode (25:42) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss how to pick the right agility organization for your debut and your agility career. You Will Learn The biggest factors that will affect your choice of agility organization. Why you don’t REALLY have to choose. Which organizations have rules that are favorable to new agility teams. Mentioned/Related Episode 237: AKC 2020 Rule Changes Including Fix and Go and For Exhibition Only Thinking About Using FNG or FEO at Your Next AKC Agility Trial? Episode 182: Choose Your Own Agility Adventure
1/22/202025 minutes, 47 seconds
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238: Westminster 2020 Preview

In this episode (30:03) In this episode, Director of Westminster Companion Events joins Sarah and Esteban to talk about the upcoming Masters Championship at Westminster, including important changes for both competitors and viewers. You Will Learn What upgrades Westminster has made for competitors. How you can view the preliminary rounds on livestream. Which network the Finals will be broadcast on tape delay. Who the judges are for this year. How the prize pool will be distributed. Why Meet the Breeds will not take place in conjunction with agility this year. Fix and Go at Westminster After the podcast, we received confirmation from Paul Campanella, Director of Agility for the Westminster Kennel Club, that Fix and Go WILL be allowed during the Preliminary rounds at the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. However, FNG runs are scored as an E, and an E in a preliminary round disqualifies the team for the finals. Fix and Go will NOT be permitted during the Finals. Mentioned/Related Watch the Finals on FS1 Sunday February 9th, 2020 8pm to 10pm EST Click here to find FS1 on your cable provider. Watch the preliminary rounds live with the Westminster Kennel Club app. Previous Westminster Posts If you’re going to the event and want to immerse yourself in all things Westminster, here’s a list of all of our previous Westminster coverage. Bad Dog Agility’s 2019 Westminster Wrap-Up 2019 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Archive Episode 213: Interview with Westminster Champion Perry DeWitt Bad Dog Agility’s 2018 Westminster Wrap-Up Episode 185: Interview with Westminster Champion Jessica Ajoux 2018 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Archive Westminster Special: Round Table with Jennifer Crank and Sarah Baker Westminster Special: Living the Dream; Novice to Westminster Westminster Special: Mutt Hysteria (Catching Up With Stacey and Roo!) Episode 177: Westminster Preview with Paul Campanella Episode 153: Interview with 2017 Westminster Champion John Nys Bad Dog Agility Goes to Westminster 2016 Episode 123: The 2016 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Is the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Valuable to Dog Agility? Episode 88: Cesar Millan Crashes Westminster Agility Episode 48: Westminster Masters Agility Championship on Live TV The Moneymaker Effect in Dog Agility
1/15/202030 minutes, 4 seconds
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237: AKC 2020 Rule Changes Including Fix and Go and For Exhibition Only

In this episode (53:32) In this episode, AKC Executive Field Representative Kitty Bradley joins the podcast to explain the new rule changes for the American Kennel Club. You Will Learn Why the AKC is allowing a third tunnel option. How the AKC is addressing the issue of spacing between jumps. Why you should remove the tape from your weave poles. What is “Fix And Go” and how is it different from “For Exhibition Only”. Mentioned/Related Judges Blog: For Exhibition Only (FEO) & Fix and Go On Approved (Part 1) Judges Blog: For Exhibition Only (FEO) & Fix and Go On (Part 2) – Judging Information AKC Judges Blog 2020 Rule Changes for AKC
1/8/202053 minutes, 33 seconds
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236: Enjoy Your Way to Success

In this episode (32:29) In this episode, we discuss how to enjoy your training and use that enjoyment to create greater success in dog agility. You Will Learn Why enjoyment is important for your mental state. How enjoyment can get you to success more quickly. Why you should focus on daily “little wins”. What we’ve learned from playing Fortnite. Mentioned/Related Episode 58: The Rocky Road to Success Episode 157: The Comparison Trap
1/1/202032 minutes, 30 seconds
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235: Our New Puppies Teach Us Five Lessons

In this episode (26:15) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban share some things they’ve learned from raising two puppies at the same time. You Will Learn how puppy personalities affect training if fear periods are real how puppies comunicate why puppies are not small dogs how dog people idealize previous dogs
11/22/201926 minutes, 16 seconds
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234: Getting the Most Out of Your NQ Runs

In this episode (20:37) In this episode, we discuss how to use non qualifying runs to improve your agility. You Will Learn Why taping non qualifying runs is important. Why we set up problem sequences from trials as soon as possible. How to use non qualifying runs to boost your confidence for future trials.
11/11/201920 minutes, 38 seconds
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233: Changing Your Agility Dog’s Unwanted Behavior

In this episode (54:57) In this episode, Denise Fenzi returns to the podcast to talk about the common strategies that we use to help our dogs cope with distractions and anxiety-provoking situations in agility. You Will Learn the relationship between a dog’s emotional state and agility performance how counterconditioning should work why distraction training often fails how to build your dog’s confidence Mentioned/Related Episode 56: Interview with Denise Fenzi – Part 1 Episode 57: Interview with Denise Fenzi – Part 2 Fenzi Blog Post: Counterconditioning, Distraction food or distraction training? Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
10/31/201954 minutes, 58 seconds
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232: Interview with FCI Judge Tamás Tráj

In this episode (56:52) In this episode, Tamás Tráj joins the podcast to discuss course design, safety and international agility. You Will Learn How Tamás approaches course design. Why Hungary added a 4th jump height. What factors are influencing the possible addition of jump heights to FCI agility. Mentioned/Related Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) OfCourse Online Coursedesign Education with Petr Pupik, Tamás Tráj and Jan Egil Eide
10/24/201956 minutes, 53 seconds
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231: Noise Sensitivity in the Agility Dog with Amy Cook – Part 2

In this episode (38:52) Dr. Amy Cook joins Sarah and Esteban to talk about noise sensitivity in agility dogs. Dr. Cook earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and has been training dogs and dog trainers for 25 years. Part 2 of 2. You Will Learn Why agility dogs can be very sensitive to noises. Common noises that often cause problems for agility dogs. How to implement the solution to noise issues. What type of conditioning you need to fix the problem. How to “prehab” rather than “rehab” your agility dog. Mentioned/Related Episode 230: Noise Sensitivity in the Agility Dog with Amy Cook – Part 1 Amy Cook’s website: Play Way Dogs Amy Cook’s online courses on FDSA
10/16/201938 minutes, 53 seconds
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230: Noise Sensitivity in the Agility Dog with Amy Cook – Part 1

In this episode (35:32) Dr. Amy Cook joins Sarah and Esteban to talk about noise sensitivity in agility dogs. Dr. Cook earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and has been training dogs and dog trainers for 25 years. Part 1 of 2. You Will Learn Why agility dogs can be very sensitive to noises. Common noises that often cause problems for agility dogs. How to implement the solution to noise issues. What type of conditioning you need to fix the problem. How to “prehab” rather than “rehab” your agility dog. Mentioned/Related Amy Cook’s website: Play Way Dogs Amy Cook’s online courses on FDSA
10/9/201935 minutes, 33 seconds
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229: Is Your Dog Too Worked Up for Agility

In this episode (54:19) In this episode, Sarah Stremming joins the podcast to discuss dogs that are too worked up/high drive/over-aroused to perform in the agility ring. You Will Learn Signs of an overly worked up or over-aroused dog. “Tag-along” behaviors often seen with these dogs. How agility dogs today differ from previous generations with respect to arousal and prey/bite drive. Solutions for working with the over-aroused dog. Mentioned/Related Episode 144: Interview with Sarah Stremming on Behavior Problems in Performance Dogs Cog-Dog Radio Train with Sarah on FDSA Episode 15: Kathy Sdao Interview – Part 1
9/30/201954 minutes, 20 seconds
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228: AWC Interviews with Jennifer Crank, Tobias Wüst, Sarah Baker, and Jessica Patterson

In this episode (19:19) In this episode, we interview four handlers who will be competing at the FCI Agility World Championship in Turku, Finland on September 19-22, 2019. You Will Learn Each handler’s history at the AWC. What specific skills each handler has been working on to prepare for this event. What trends have been identified from this year’s judges. Mentioned/Related Episode 227: Why You Should Watch the FCI Agility World Championship The 2019 AWC Experience Online Course
9/18/201919 minutes, 20 seconds
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227: Why You Should Watch the FCI Agility World Championship

In this episode (23:53) In this episode, we talk about the upcoming FCI Agility World Championship, and why you should watch it. You Will Learn Why people watch the AWC. How to shop for you next dog at the AWC. How course maps are distributed differently around the world. The difference between the livestream and our “AWC Experience” online event. Mentioned/Related Our 2019 AWC Experience Online Course The Official AWC Livestream The 2019 Agility World Championship Website
9/7/201923 minutes, 54 seconds
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226: Sequential vs Parallel Training

In this episode (20:07) In this episode, Jennifer and Sarah talk about whether it is better to teach one skill until mastered, or to rotate skills. You Will Learn What skills we prefer to teach as quickly as possible once training begins. How we use contrast training to test our dogs and train multiple skills at one time. How to structure your training sessions to reduce mental and physical fatigue. Mentioned/Related Susan Garrett’s 12 Poles in 12 Days Contrasting Maneuvers to Make Your Agility Amazing Episode 78: The Power of Latent Learning
8/30/201920 minutes, 8 seconds
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225: Using ROI to Structure Your Training

In this episode (20:45) Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban discuss how agility handlers can maximize their Return On Investment (ROI) in dog training. You Will Learn How you can use ROI to decide what skills to train in practice. How to avoid a negative ROI. How eliminating unnecessary training can help you get better, faster.
8/15/201920 minutes, 46 seconds
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224: Defining YOUR Success in Dog Agility

In this episode (27:29) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah and Esteban talk about success in the sport of dog agility: how do we define it and how do our perceptions of success influence our training and trialing? You Will Learn The difference between traditional and non-traditional definitions of success in agility. How to define your own success in agility. Why success should not equate to self-esteem. Mentioned/Related Episode 182: Choose Your Own Agility Adventure Episode 124: Dealing with Disappointment in Dog Agility
6/12/201927 minutes, 30 seconds
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223: Summertime Dangers for the Agility Dog

In this episode (35:19) Dr. Schaezler joins the BDA podcast to prepare you and your dog for the dangers of summer, 2019 edition. You will learn about the health impact of: acute water intoxication heat stroke drinking puddles drinking ocean water chlorinated and salt water pools hurricane prep microchipping encountering possums, raccoons, and cats snake bites eating dead or living rodents hot sidewalks thorns/foxtails bee/wasp stings thunderstorms Mentioned/Related Episode 8: Using a Camcorder in Training; Heat Stroke & Water Intoxication State Emergency Planning Laws for Animals
6/7/201935 minutes, 20 seconds
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222: Interview with the Aces High Flyball Team

In this episode (30:03) Members of the Aces High Flyball Team that won Crufts join Sarah and Esteban to talk about breeding, raising, training, and competing with their dogs in the great sport of flyball. You Will Learn Traits that make great flyball dogs. Why Whippets are gaining popularity as sport dogs. Why flyball competitors value tugging. How social media increased visibility for flyball around the world. Mentioned/Related Aces High Flyball Team Facebook Page Watch the quarterfinals win that caught our eye! Watch the Flyball finals that broke the Crufts record.
5/29/201930 minutes, 4 seconds
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221: Six Strategies for Dogs That Shut Down or Get Distracted

In this episode (21:58) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer share six things you can do today to help your dogs that gets distracted or shuts down in training or trialing. You Will Learn How to increase your rate of reinforcement to keep your distracted dog engaged. How a focus on transitions changed how Jennifer teaches live classes. How to use different leashes to improve your crate to crate routine. How to predict where your dog will become distracted on course. Mentioned/Related Episode 212: Do You Really Need Video Analysis? Episode 97: Improving Your Transitions During Training Episode 129: The Connection Paradigm
5/11/201921 minutes, 59 seconds
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220: AKC Agility Premier Cup Wrap-up

In this episode (36:12) In this episode, Jennifer Crank shares her experience as the 16″ winner at the inaugural AKC Agility Premier Cup by EEM. You Will Learn How the event was run. Who won the $10,000 prize pool. What was in the VIP area for competitors. Mentioned/Related Episode 215: The 2019 AKC Agility Premier Cup Presented by EEM Course Maps and Results
5/2/201936 minutes, 13 seconds
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219: Eight Ways You Can Improve Your Agility Attitude

In this episode (43:55) In this episode, Sarah, Esteban and Jennifer share how they are using 8 tips to improve their attitudes in agility! You Will Learn Which specific actions to take when you’re having a bad day. Why you should surround yourself with positive people. The value of complimenting a stranger. Why it’s important to give your instructor feedback. Mentioned/Related Podcast based on the article “8 Ways to Improve Your Attitude toward School and Work“ Afraid to ask what RBF (Resting Bitch Face) is? Just click here for the explanation! Science Says Resting Bitch Face Is Real — And You’re Probably Judging People for It
4/25/201943 minutes, 56 seconds
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218: Great Expectations for Your Puppy

In this episode (40:08) In this episode, reigning AKC 20″ National Agility Champion Sarah Baker joins the podcast to talk about puppies! You Will Learn 3 tips for working with puppies How to set your own expectations for your puppy Why your dog may not actually be a reflection of your training Mentioned/Related Sarah Baker’s online class: “Agility Foundation for Puppies and Young Dogs”
4/18/201940 minutes, 9 seconds
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217: Interview with Crufts Winner Dan Shaw

In this episode (29:08) In this episode, 2019 Crufts Championship Winner and British Open Winner Dan Shaw joins the podcast. You Will Learn How Dan got his start in agility. How Geek got his name. Why Dan values calm and thoughtful over frantic. How Dan gets an amazing teeter performance. Whether or not Dan’s next dog will have running contacts. Mentioned/Related Agility at Crufts Episode 215: The 2019 AKC Agility Premier Cup Presented by EEM The Premium Train with Dan online
4/4/201929 minutes, 9 seconds
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216: The 2019 AKC National Agility Championship Wrap-Up

In this episode (1:12:03) In this episode, the 2019 AKC 20″ National Agility Champion Sarah Baker teams up with Jennifer and Esteban to bring you the wrap up for nationals! You Will Learn how many dogs have won multiple AKC nationals finals the qualifying rate in finals over the past 3 years how the 8″ class has changed over the past 3 years how Jennifer Crank dealt with the disappointment of losing in Finals–twice how Sarah Baker dealt with the pressure of running in Finals why the 20″ Preferred winner was denied the national title by AKC which groups of dogs have been given an unfair advantage by the AKC what USDAA does better than the AKC Mentioned/Related Teeter Drop Times Episode 151: Judging with Video Review
3/22/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 4 seconds
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215: The 2019 AKC Agility Premier Cup Presented by EEM

In this episode (22:33) In this episode, AKC Director of Agility Carrie DeYoung stops by to talk about the AKC’s newest marquee event–the AKC Agility Premier Cup Presented by EEM. You Will Learn Why this event is happening. Who was invited to compete and why. How the event will be structured and run. How the $10,000 prize pool will be distributed. Plans for the future of this event. Mentioned/Related The Press Release announcing the event AKC Webpage for the Premier Cup Presented by EEM The Premium Tickets for the event The Longines Master of New York
3/12/201922 minutes, 34 seconds
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214: Thinking vs Action in Dog Agility Training

In this episode (20:02) In this episode, Jennifer and Sarah address the differences between training a skill that encourages a thoughtful response from the dog and training a skill in a higher drive state. You Will Learn Why you need to recognize whether you are encouraging a thoughtful response or a more action-oriented response. How to bridge the gap between thinking and action. How to manipulate food to increase your dog’s drive for the reward. How to manipulate toys to decrease your dog’s drive for the reward. Mentioned/Related Episode 10: Training with Food; Training with a Clicker Episode 28: Training with Toys
3/6/201920 minutes, 3 seconds
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213: Interview with Westminster Champion Perry DeWitt

In this episode (31:15) In this podcast, Jennifer and Esteban interview Perry DeWitt, the Masters Agility Champion from this year’s Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. You Will Learn All about border collie Verb. How Perry uses a strict visualization routine in agility. Why Perry’s agility career was possibly delayed by 5 years. The top 10 dogs registered in the AKC in 2017 and why it matters to dog agility. Mentioned/Related Philly Dog Training Y2K9s High Octane Agility Watch Perry and Verb
2/22/201931 minutes, 16 seconds
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212: Do You Really Need Video Analysis?

In this episode (26:09) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah and Esteban address the question of whether or not agility handlers should use video analysis. You Will Learn How video review is different from video analysis. How most people analyze videos today. The relationship between video analysis and visualization. Common barriers to video analysis Mentioned/Related Coach’s Eye App (iOS) Coach’s Eye App (Android) Timing of Agility Cues: Lisa Frick and Hoss Episode 200: Interview with EO Champion Max Sprinz Our new online class, Before and After: 2019 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, where Esteban and Jennifer will share their own self analysis from the event.
2/7/201926 minutes, 10 seconds
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211: The Importance of Handling Flexibility

In this episode (14:59) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban talk about the important of handling flexibility in dog agility. You Will Learn How handling flexibility can help you run better on course. Two types of handling flexibility. How to develop flexibility in training sessions. Mentioned/Related The 2019 Nationals Prep Course which closes February 1st.
1/31/201915 minutes
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210: How to Goal Set for Big Events in 2019

In this episode (33:35) In this episode, the BDA team discusses goal setting for big agility events. You Will Learn The difference between a dream and a goal. How to create goals based on a specific agility event. Specific examples of goals from Jennifer and Esteban. What to do with your goals after the event. Mentioned/Related Episode 189: How to Structure Your Dog Agility Season
1/24/201933 minutes, 36 seconds
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209: Blind Cross Your Way Into the New Year

In this episode (31:50) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban discuss the blind cross; the pros, the cons, and tips to avoid common mistakes. You Will Learn How the blind cross can help people who lose their place on course. How the blind cross can help people with physical limitations. Why blind crosses may require the handler to be further ahead than the front cross. Two common mistakes to avoid when executing a blind cross. Mentioned/Related Blind Cross Example Live Session on Blind Crosses Front Cross Example Live Session on Front Crosses Rear Cross Example Live Session on Rear Crosses Webinar: Which Cross Should You Use?
1/17/201931 minutes, 51 seconds
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208: Experiments in AKC Course Design with Greg Fontaine

In this episode (38:39) In this episode, Greg Fontaine shares how he has worked with the AKC to experiment with course design strategies aimed at providing better spacing for large dogs. You Will Learn What Greg was trying to achieve with his designs. Two different course design strategies Greg used to provide additional yardage between jumps for large dogs. How these changes were approved organizationally. How these changes were handled logistically. Mentioned/Related AKC Judging Guidelines Training article on how dogs anticipate spacing: The 20 Foot Trap Nested Course Strategy Large Spacing, Closer Traps Strategy
12/5/201838 minutes, 40 seconds
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207: Interview with FCI Gold Medalist Martina Magnoli Klimešová

In this episode (29:42) In this podcast, FCI silver medalist Jennifer Crank interviews FCI gold medalist Martina Magnoli Klimešová. You Will Learn What skills and foundation Martina thinks are most important when working with puppies. When Martina starts formal agility training. How Martina approaches mental management. How Martina keeps her dog competitive enough to win gold at 10.5 years old. Mentioned/Related Martina’s Facebook Profile Fit Class for Dogs Episode 159: Handler Muscle Memory for Dog Agility
11/9/201829 minutes, 43 seconds
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206: Three Lessons from the Agility World Championship

In this episode (24:49) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss three key lessons from the Agility World Championship. You Will Learn How Jennifer’s preparation led to her individual silver medal. How your preparation affects your mental management. Why courses today require elite dog training AND handling. Mentioned/Related Episode 182: Choose Your Own Agility Adventure Watch Jennifer's Silver Medal Runs
10/24/201824 minutes, 50 seconds
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205: Five Tips for Better Contact Performance

In this episode (23:05) In this podcast, Jennifer, Sarah and Esteban give you practical tips for strengthening your dog’s contact obstacle performance. You Will Learn 5 tips for improving contact performance When the color of your contact zone doesn’t matter Common mistakes handlers make when practicing contacts
10/12/201823 minutes, 6 seconds
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204: How to Use Proofing in Your Dog Agility Training

In this episode (33:45) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban discuss the concept of proofing, pointing out common misconceptions and explaining exactly how you should use proofing in your agility training. You Will Learn How to define proofing. How to use proofing to your maximum advantage. The most common misconception about proofing. Why Americans don’t like the metric system. Mentioned/Related Episode 73: How to Generalize Behaviors with Your Novice Dog Episode 103: Green Dog Gotchas Episode 60: Preparing for Your Novice Debut Episode 203: BDA Goes to SeaWorld San Antonio
9/27/201833 minutes, 46 seconds
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203: BDA Goes to SeaWorld San Antonio

In this episode (50:06) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban discuss how training a dolphin to swim upside down can help your dog run faster on course. You Will Learn How SeaWorld trainers use various rewards during training. Which reward surprised Esteban the most. How SeaWorld trainers deal with mistakes. Whether Isaac is better at Math or Dating. Mentioned/Related Episode 49: Using Differential Rewards Episode 160: How to Work Through Mistakes in Your Agility Training Episode 200: Interview with EO Champion Max Sprinz
9/19/201850 minutes, 7 seconds
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202: AKC Invitational with Carrie DeYoung

In this episode (50:09) In this podcast, Director of Agility for the American Kennel Club Carrie DeYoung joins Sarah and Esteban to talk about the upcoming AKC Invitational, which will be held December 14-16, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. You Will Learn Why many agility organizers outside of the United States are interested in the Invitational. How many dogs attend the Invitational. How many dogs compete in AKC Agility. How the junior championship event works. Mentioned/Related How many points does it take to go to the AKC Invitational? The Rarest Breeds at the 2013 AKC Agility Invitational Episode 182: Choose Your Own Agility Adventure
9/9/201850 minutes, 10 seconds
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201: The European Open and Border Collie Classic with Sarah Baker

In this episode (37:33) Esteban and Sarah Fernandezlopez welcome Sarah Baker to the podcast to discuss the European Open and the Border Collie Classic. You Will Learn Who won the European Open Team and Individual events at each height. How the European Open is different than the Agility World Championship. How the Border Collie Classic event is structured. Why clustered times may indicate the course should be harder. Why Isaac has been losing friends. Mentioned/Related YouTube Video: Sarah Baker and Hops at the 2018 European Open, the 2018 Border Collie Classic, and Team USA practice Episode 200: Interview with EO Champion Max Sprinz Episode 85: Have We Solved the Game of Agility?
8/31/201837 minutes, 34 seconds
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200: Interview with EO Champion Max Sprinz

In this episode (43:16) Jennifer and Sarah welcome 2018 Large Dog European Open Champion Max Sprinz to the podcast. You Will Learn How Max trained Baxx’s running contacts. How Max uses distance skills in his handling. Why Max emphasizes foundation work in his training. German rules on training in the ring. Mentioned/Related YouTube Video: Max and Bäxx at the 2018 European Open Video Analysis of Lisa Frick and Hoss from 2012 Episode 104: Building Confidence Through Challenges
8/23/201843 minutes, 16 seconds
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199: How to Speed Up Your Agility Dog

In this episode (37:20) In this podcast, we discuss how you can improve your dog’s time by focusing on efficiency on course and increasing your dog’s natural speed and drive. You Will Learn How the format of the Incredible Dog Challenge differs from all other agility trials. Why your dog doesn’t always need to run faster to get faster times. Three quick tips to improve your dog’s speed. Mentioned/Related Episode 117: Drive for Agility (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 2) When do Agility Dogs Peak? Episode 49: Using Differential Rewards
6/15/201837 minutes, 21 seconds
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198: Do You Use Natural Cues or Trained Cues?

In this episode (24:39) In this podcast, Sarah and Jennifer discuss natural versus trained cues and how it affects training time, your mental state, and your dog’s response. You Will Learn Why it’s important to recognize whether a cue or skill is natural or trained. Why it’s important to set proper expectations when teaching new skills. Why you should balance natural skills with trained skills when planning your training. How a natural skill can progress into a trained skill. Mentioned/Related Jennifer’s Commitment Post: “How Committed Are You?”
6/7/201824 minutes, 40 seconds
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197: All About the World Agility Open, with Jennifer Crank

In this episode (39:52) In this podcast, Sarah, Esteban and Jennifer talk about the 2018 World Agility Open Championship. You Will Learn What events make up the World Agility Open. The unique strategy elements that are part of team roster construction. How the wild card application and selection process works. Mentioned/Related Episode 193: Who is the World Champion in Agility? Watch Jennifer’s 1st place Pentathalon Sweepstakes Run
5/31/201839 minutes, 53 seconds
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196: Should the Table Stay or Go?

In this episode (46:44) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban talk about the table, how to train for it, and whether or not it still belongs in the sport of dog agility. You Will Learn The most common mistakes people make in training the table. How to make your table training more like your table trialing. Why Esteban thinks the table should be discontinued. The official BDA position on “Laurel” vs “Yanny”. Mentioned/Related Post plus video: Having Trouble with the Table?
5/17/201846 minutes, 45 seconds
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195: The 2018 AKC/FCI Agility World Championship Tryouts

In this episode (1:04:40) In this podcast, Jennifer Crank and Sarah Baker join Sarah and Esteban for the 2018 AKC/FCI World Team Tryouts wrap up. You Will Learn Which dogs earned automatics spots on Team USA. How the new scoring system affected results. What the competitors thought of the course designs. Why Gitchi did not run in Round 5. Mentioned/Related Q Rates at the 2018 AKC World Team Tryouts
5/11/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 41 seconds
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194: Forced Breaks in Your Dog Agility Training

In this episode (16:36) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss how to deal with forced breaks in your agility training. You Will Learn Why taking a break from agility can be emotionally difficult for many handlers. How you can continue your agility training even if you or your dog are unable to physically practice. How to stay connected to the agility community while you are unable to compete. Mentioned/Related Episode 6: CCL Injuries and TPLO
5/3/201816 minutes, 37 seconds
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193: Who is the World Champion in Agility?

In this episode (22:14) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer outline four international championship events and explain how they differ in format, jump height, and governing organizations. You Will Learn Which international organizations are associated with which championship event. Which USA organization controls the team selection for which championship event. The differences in jump heights between the various events. Which championship event does not allow mixed breed dogs. Mentioned/Related IFCS World Agility Championship World Agility Open Championships 2018 European Open (each year has its own website) FCI Agility World Championship (each year has its own website)
4/26/201822 minutes, 15 seconds
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192: Technical Debt in Dog Agility

In this episode (32:04) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban apply the software development concept of technical debt to dog agility. You Will Learn What technical debt is. What problems in agility can be thought of as technical debt. How to determine the true cost of technical debt to your agility training and trialing. Why you might not need to fix every problem in your agility training and handling. Mentioned/Related Episode 77: The Secret to All of Dog Agility Episode 117: Drive for Agility (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 2)
4/19/201832 minutes, 5 seconds
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191: Interview with Crufts Champion Dave Munnings

In this episode (46:50) In this episode, 2018 Crufts Champion Dave Munnings joins Sarah and Esteban to talk Crufts, the UK agility scene, running contacts, and more. You Will Learn Who won Crufts. How Dave’s handling has changed over the years. Who Esteban thinks benefits the most from running contacts. Mentioned/Related Crufts Championship Finals – 2018 Q-Me Agility
4/12/201846 minutes, 51 seconds
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190: One Million Downloads Plus AKC Nationals Wrap-Up

In this episode (39:45) In this episode, 2018 American Kennel Club National Agility Champion (16″) Jennifer Crank joins Sarah and Esteban for the AKC Nationals Wrap Up. You Will Learn The qualifying rates for both the Challenger and Finals rounds over the past 3 years. What competitors thought of the courses and surface. What happened when the timer malfunctioned during Jennifer’s winning run in the Finals. About birds that stick together. Mentioned/Related The AKC Nationals Maps and Results
4/5/201839 minutes, 46 seconds
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189: How to Structure Your Dog Agility Season

In this episode (49:13) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban talk with Leslie Eide, DVM about structuring your agility training in a way that gives you peak performance at a specific event. You Will Learn How to plan your time off from agility. How to taper for an event. How to design a training plan for the entire year. Mentioned/Related Jumping Gymnastics Online Course (Fenzi Dog Sports Academy) Visit Dr Eide at SOUND Veterinary Rehab AKC Statistics on the 2018 National Agility Championship
3/30/201849 minutes, 14 seconds
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188: Handler Desensitization

In this episode (26:13) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban about how we can train ourselves to take risks on course. You Will Learn What desensitization is. How desensitization can help us deal with the stress of trials (big and small). Why experienced handlers may lose empathy for newcomers. How we can use desensitization to train ourselves to take risks on course. Mentioned/Related Before and After: 2018 AKC National Agility Championship
3/20/201826 minutes, 14 seconds
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187: Physical and Mental Commitment

In this episode (17:52) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about the differences between physical and mental commitment and how this can affect your dog on course. You Will Learn How we define a dog’s commitment to an obstacle. Why commitment is important. How to change your dog’s commitment point. Mentioned/Related Episode 171: Obstacle Focus vs Handler Focus in Dog Agility
3/10/201817 minutes, 53 seconds
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186: How to Handle Invisible Obstacles

In this episode (19:14) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about everything your dog sees on course that you don’t. You Will Learn That dogs and people see the agility world differently. Which invisible obstacles are the most common. How to deal with blank spaces. About shoemaking. Mentioned/Related Episode 122: Debugging Your Dog Agility Training
2/27/201819 minutes, 14 seconds
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185: Interview with Westminster Champion Jessica Ajoux

In this episode (52:41) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban chat with Jessica Ajoux. Jessica and her border collie Fame(US) won the overall Masters Champion at this past weekend’s Masters Agility Championship at Westminster held in New York City. You Will Learn Why you should consider competing at Westminster at least once. How Jessica manages her dog’s energy. How Jessica deals with mistakes in practice. Mentioned/Related Ready Go Agility Eureka! Stress and Zoomies Episode 121: Dealing with Over-Arousal in Dog Agility
2/16/201852 minutes, 42 seconds
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Westminster Special: Round Table with Jennifer Crank and Sarah Baker

In this episode (30:59) Jennifer Crank and Lucky Jennifer Crank and Sarah Baker join Esteban to share their thoughts on the upcoming Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. They also give some advice to dog agility newcomers and discuss being “results oriented” versus “process oriented” in your approach to the sport.   Mentioned/Related Buy Tickets for the Event! → Before and After Video Series ← Westminster Special: Living the Dream; Novice to Westminster Westminster Special: Mutt Hysteria (Catching Up With Stacey and Roo!) Episode 177: Westminster Preview with Paul Campanella Episode 153: Interview with 2017 Westminster Champion John Nys Bad Dog Agility Goes to Westminster 2016 Episode 123: The 2016 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Is the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Valuable to Dog Agility? Episode 88: Cesar Millan Crashes Westminster Agility Episode 48: Westminster Masters Agility Championship on Live TV
2/8/201830 minutes, 59 seconds
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Westminster Special: Living the Dream; Novice to Westminster

In this episode (42:18) In February 2015, Raphael was watching the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on TV with his rescue dog Ringo and decided, in that moment, that he wanted to be there. In June of 2015, he began training in agility. And now, in February of 2018, he will compete at Westminster. Listen to their remarkable story! Mentioned/Related Buy Tickets for the Event! Westminster Special: Mutt Hysteria (Catching Up With Stacey and Roo!) Episode 177: Westminster Preview with Paul Campanella Episode 153: Interview with 2017 Westminster Champion John Nys Bad Dog Agility Goes to Westminster 2016 Episode 123: The 2016 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Is the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Valuable to Dog Agility? Episode 88: Cesar Millan Crashes Westminster Agility Episode 48: Westminster Masters Agility Championship on Live TV
2/5/201842 minutes, 19 seconds
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Westminster Special: Mutt Hysteria (Catching Up With Stacey and Roo!)

In this episode (19:05) In this episode, Sarah catches up with Stacey Campbell whose rescue dog Roo! became the first “Highest Scoring Mixed Breed in Trial” at the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. Mentioned/Related Buy Tickets for the Event! Episode 177: Westminster Preview with Paul Campanella Episode 153: Interview with 2017 Westminster Champion John Nys Bad Dog Agility Goes to Westminster 2016 Episode 123: The 2016 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Is the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Valuable to Dog Agility? Episode 88: Cesar Millan Crashes Westminster Agility Episode 48: Westminster Masters Agility Championship on Live TV
2/4/201819 minutes, 6 seconds
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184: Debunking Your Dog Agility Excuses

In this episode (33:36) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban expose some of the common excuses people make in dog agility. You Will Learn How excuses can have a detrimental effect on your agility experience. How to identify imagined limits. How to overcome the most common real limits in the sport. How to accept real limitations that cannot currently be overcome. Mentioned/Related Episode 182: Choose Your Own Agility Adventure
1/15/201833 minutes, 37 seconds
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183: Starting 2018 with Start Line Problems

In this episode (40.25) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about three different phases with respect to the start line behavior, and common mistakes made by trainers in each phase. You Will Learn The most common start line mistakes that handlers make in trials, in practices, and during retraining. The concept of ring sustainable training. Why Esteban never rewards a dog in position at the start line. A sneaky way to train and proof start lines in the trial environment. How elephants avoid predators. Mentioned/Related Episode 3: Start Line Stays; Online Agility Classes Teaching a Focused Start Line Stay Does Your Dog Check Out When You Lead Out? (Facebook Live) Episode 34: Retraining Your Start Line Stay in Dog Agility Rock Solid Start Line Stays in Dog Agility Episode 111: The Myth of the Ring-Wise Dog
1/5/201840 minutes, 26 seconds
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182: Choose Your Own Agility Adventure

In this episode (27:55) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about how you can reject conventional notions of success and create your own agility adventure. You Will Learn Who and what influence your idea of dog agility success. How you can be creative in determining your own agility path. Why letting go of certain goals can be freeing. Why you might be uncomfortable the next time you go to a bar. Mentioned/Related Episode 148: The Paradox of Choice in Dog Agility
12/14/201727 minutes, 56 seconds
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181: Should You Use a Clicker During Agility Training?

In this episode (24:18) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban wonder if agility trainers should use a clicker during sequencing. You Will Learn The difference between clicker training and using a clicker. The benefits of clicker training. How to start using a clicker with an experienced dog. Why dogs don’t dance well. Mentioned/Related Episode 10: Training with Food; Training with a Clicker
12/3/201724 minutes, 14 seconds
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180: The Nuance of Speed

In this episode (24:18) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban talk about the nuance of speed in dog agility, and how to manipulate handler speed to get great runs on course. You Will Learn The difference between relative and absolute speed. How to vary your speed for maximum benefit on course. How teenage boys feel about facial hair. Mentioned Episode 172: Watching Your Dog on Course Episode 179: Which is Faster, a Front Cross or Rear Cross?
11/16/201724 minutes, 19 seconds
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179: Which is Faster, a Front Cross or Rear Cross?

In this episode (44:08) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban tackle the question of which is faster: the front cross or the rear cross? You Will Learn The psychology behind the idea that the front cross is faster than the rear cross. When you should choose a rear cross instead of a front cross. Which type of dog does better with front crosses than rear crosses. The importance of timing yourself in training. Mentioned What’s Your Bread and Butter Agility Move? Online Course: 2017 AKC Agility Invitational Prep Course
11/3/201744 minutes, 9 seconds
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178: Pushing the Edge

In this episode (24:12) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about pushing the edge of commitment to create distance and increase confidence. You Will Learn How to define commitment point. How to change your dog’s commitment point. Why handlers are afraid to push the edge of commitment. Mentioned Speed Statistics Over 19 Years
10/27/201724 minutes, 13 seconds
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177: Westminster Preview with Paul Campanella

In this episode (38:01) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about the upcoming Masters Agility Championship at Westminster with Paul Campanella, the Director of Companion Events for the Westminster Kennel Club. They will cover new changes to the event, including the $10,000 grand prize, as well as plans for future events. You Will Learn Which club is older, the Westminster Kennel Club or the American Kennel Club. Which agility clubs are eligible for the $10,000 award. Which height the overall Masters Agility Champion will likely come from. When entries to Westminster open and why you need to enter on the first day. Mentioned Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Premium The Moneymaker Effect in Dog Agility Episode 48: Westminster Masters Agility Championship on Live TV Episode 88: Cesar Millan Crashes Westminster Agility Is the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Valuable to Dog Agility? Episode 123: The 2016 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Bad Dog Agility Goes to Westminster 2016 Episode 153: Interview with 2017 Westminster Champion John Nys
10/13/201738 minutes, 2 seconds
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176: Second Dog Dynamics

In this episode (32:37) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about the many factors that people should think about when they are looking for the next agility dog. You Will Learn Which factors to consider when you are thinking about your next agility dog. The difference between love and favoritism. The importance of recognizing the unique interests and talents of your new dog. The role that expectation plays in your relationship with your new dog.
9/30/201732 minutes, 38 seconds
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175: Putting Yourself On the Spot

In this episode (21:48) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about what you can do when you find yourself in a difficult spot on the agility course. You Will Learn How to identify tough spots on course. How to address tough spots with your training. How to generate small variations of tough spots to strengthen your handling. What to call a sharply dressed reptile. Mentioned Episode 73: How to Generalize Behaviors with Your Novice Dog Episode 159: Handler Muscle Memory for Dog Agility
9/21/201721 minutes, 49 seconds
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174: Changing Your Plans

In this episode (26:00) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban share their thoughts on how external circumstances often require changes in your agility plans. You Will Learn How to stack your training days to maintain flexibility for bad weather and other intrusions in your routine. How to shift gears in a trial environment. The importance of changing your expectations without sacrificing your criteria at trials. The value of a thesaurus. Mentioned On the Job Training using Placement of Reward Episode 162: Why Does My Dog Run Slower at the Trial?
8/30/201726 minutes, 1 second
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173: Interview with Silvia Trkman on EO, Course Design, and Handling Challenges

In this episode (33:24) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk with Silvia Trkman about her recent European Open win and how she continues to be competitive in an ever-changing sport. You Will Learn How your attitude toward challenges can affect your enjoyment of the sport and set you up for a career of success. Silvia’s thoughts on course design in Europe. What to watch for when reviewing your runs to increase your dog’s speed and reduce their confusion. How beginners can achieve success with their very first dog. Mentioned Episode 24: Interview with Silvia Trkman Xtreme Foundations DVD Silvia’s Online Classes
8/22/201733 minutes, 25 seconds
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172: Watching Your Dog on Course

In this episode (20:45) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban discuss what it means to keep an eye on your dog during agility. You Will Learn Why and when you should keep your eyes on your dog. Why and when you should look away from your dog. The importance of using your peripheral vision. Mentioned Episode 171: Obstacle Focus vs Handler Focus in Dog Agility Episode 129: The Connection Paradigm
8/12/201720 minutes, 46 seconds
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171: Obstacle Focus vs Handler Focus in Dog Agility

In this episode (17:43) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about the concept of handler focus versus obstacle focus, and how to apply it to your own agility training. You Will Learn What it means for your dog to be handler-focused or obstacle-focused. Which focus you need in order to excel in agility. How a dog’s focus can be obstacle-dependent.
8/4/201717 minutes, 44 seconds
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170: Homeostasis in Dog Agility

In this episode (24:40) Why is it sometimes so difficult to make changes in your handling? In this episode, Sarah and Esteban apply the concept of homeostasis to dog agility, and explain how you can “reset” your agility equilibrium. You Will Learn The definition of homeostasis. How to leave jumps sooner. A helpful tip for handlers who “body block” their dogs on down contacts. How to get ahead while your dog is weaving. The real secret behind Romeo and Juliet’s love affair. Mentioned Episode 46: Expanding Your Comfort Zone How Your Mindset Affects Your Agility Performance Episode 65: Recognizing Artificial Limitations
7/28/201724 minutes, 41 seconds
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169: Creating a Crate to Crate Routine

In this episode (34:35) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk with Jennifer Crank and Sarah Baker about how they manage their time and their dog from the moment they take them out of a crate for a run to the moment they put them back in the crate after the run. You Will Learn When and how to get your dog ready to run. How to structure your dog’s reinforcement schedule around each run at a trial. Common mistakes people make before and after runs. The big mistake people make when using food before their run. How to use toys or your dog’s leash effectively. Why bicycles are so unstable. Mentioned Our Facebook LIVE Show Interview with Jennifer Crank on Using the Practice Jump
6/17/201734 minutes, 37 seconds
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168: How to Avoid Tilt in Your Dog Agility Training

In this episode (24:19) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban discuss how to recognize and combat tilt in your dog training. You Will Learn How a moment of tilt can set your dog back in their training. How to recognize and avoid tilting in your agility training. Which dogs are most affected by a handler on tilt. Mentioned Episode 160: How to Work Through Mistakes in Your Agility Training Our LIVE Facebook Show
6/9/201724 minutes, 20 seconds
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167: The Dog Agility Spectrum

In this episode (15:27) What can you do when something works for everyone else’s dog but not your own? In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about understanding your dog’s issues in the context of the agility spectrum. You Will Learn How many dogs earned a qualifying score in the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2016. Why you shouldn’t feel like you’re the only one dealing with a specific problem in agility. How to find help for your specific problem. Why you should leave your poker chips at home before going to the jungle. Mentioned Our Facebook Live Show
6/2/201715 minutes, 28 seconds
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166: Get Ready for Summer with Brittany Schaezler, DVM

In this episode (19:50) In this episode, Dr. Brittany Schaezler joins the podcast to get you and your dog ready for summer. You Will Learn When you should stop your training sessions due to heat and fatigue. How you can cool your dog during and after training. Where dogs have sweat glands. Mentioned Episode 8: Using a Camcorder in Training; Heat Stroke & Water Intoxication
5/26/201719 minutes, 51 seconds
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165: Should You Be a Dog Agility Minimalist?

In this episode (21:41) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban explore how a minimalist approach to dog agility training can protect people from feeling overwhelmed–especially if they have a dog new to agility. You Will Learn Why Esteban thinks he’s an agility minimalist. How minimalism can protect you from feeling overwhelmed with your new dog. How to identify the essential skills and behaviors needed for the minimalist approach. Proper traffic etiquette.
5/19/201721 minutes, 42 seconds
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164: The Value of Outside Influence on Your Dog Agility Training

In this episode (24:32) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban discuss the impact that external influences can have on your agility, and how you can use them to advance your own training. You Will Learn Who/what your biggest outside influences are. How they affect your training. Why you should embrace outside influences. Mentioned Episode 148: The Paradox of Choice in Dog Agility Episode 42: The Internet, Dog Agility, and You
5/12/201724 minutes, 33 seconds
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163: Tips for Memorizing Courses

In this episode (18:46) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban help you memorize your courses by figuring out the dog’s line and the handler’s path and combining them with visualization. You Will Learn Why you should focus on your own path as well as your dog’s. How knowing your dog’s line can reduce your memorization burden. The 3 different views you can have during visualization. Mentioned Episode 87: Improving Your Course Memorization
5/4/201718 minutes, 47 seconds
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162: Why Does My Dog Run Slower at the Trial?

In this episode (16:29) Sarah and Esteban talk about dogs that perform better at home than at shows. Some dogs slow down at trials while other dogs run fast but consistently make mistakes on the same thing like start lines or weave poles. We share some tips for both training and trialing to help handlers work through these issues. You Will Learn Why some dogs run slower at shows than at home or practice. Why you need to make your practices harder than the trial. How to “practice” with your dog at a trial. Proper attire for weddings! Mentioned Episode 104: Building Confidence Through Challenges (not mentioned, but should have been!) Facebook Live on Weave Poles (where this question came up frequently)
4/28/201716 minutes, 30 seconds
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161: Interview with Junior Handler Sasha Zitter

In this episode (38:53) In this episode, Sarah is joined by Jennifer Crank and Sasha Zitter to talk about the Junior Handler program. You Will Learn How agility can teach children (and adults!) perseverance and sportsmanship. How the Junior Handler program can help grow the sport of dog agility. How clubs can help encourage Junior Handlers. How competitors can help encourage Junior Handlers. How the idea of the Boundless Junior Agility Camp became reality. Mentioned Boundless Junior Agility Camp Facebook Page Boundless Junior Agility Camp Website American Kennel Club’s Junior Handler Program USDAA’s Junior Handler Program
4/23/201738 minutes, 54 seconds
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160: How to Work Through Mistakes in Your Agility Training

In this episode (39:11) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban share some thoughts on the exact steps they take when the dog makes a mistake in agility training. You Will Learn Exactly how Esteban and Sarah react to mistakes when training. How to keep your dog’s drive and enthusiasm up in the face of repeated mistakes. Why Sarah uses “microbreaks” with her border collie. Esteban’s thoughts on No Reward Marks (NRMs) in agility training. Mentioned Analyzing Your Mistakes in Dog Agility Episode 30: Analyzing Mistakes and a Look at Systems On the Job Training using Placement of Reward Episode 131: Free Your Agility Dog Episode 49: Using Differential Rewards Episode 57: Interview with Denise Fenzi – Part 2 Psychology Today: Should Trainers Tell Dogs When Their Behavior Is Wrong?
4/14/201739 minutes, 12 seconds
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159: Handler Muscle Memory for Dog Agility

In this episode (23:42) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban apply the concept of “muscle memory” to dog agility. They talk about how it works, why it’s important, and how you can use it to your advantage. You Will Learn The definition of muscle memory. How muscle memory works. Why muscle memory can help your dog agility. The most common way agility handlers undermine their own training. The big problem muscle memory can create for the agility veteran. Mentioned our new Facebook Live sessions (called the “Bad Dog Agility Show”)
4/7/201723 minutes, 43 seconds
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158: The 2017 AKC National Agility Championship Wrap-Up

In this episode (37:15) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban are joined by Livestream Finals announcer Brittany Schaezler to wrap up the 2017 AKC National Agility Championship. They talk about the dirt, the judges, the courses, the winners, and their favorite runs from the weekend! You Will Learn If this year’s courses were tougher than last year’s courses. Which course was the toughest this year. How good the footing was for the dogs. Who the winners were for each class. The favorite runs for each livestream announcer. Who ran the “clutch run” of the weekend. Mentioned Results from the 2017 AKC National Agility Championship
4/1/201737 minutes, 16 seconds
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157: The Comparison Trap

In this episode (25:00) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban explore the good and bad behind comparing your dog and yourself to others in dog agility. You Will Learn How making comparisons can motivate you to improve your agility training. How making comparisons can make you feel bad about your progress in the sport. How realistic it is to never compare yourself to anyone. How focusing on creating the best version of yourself can free you from the comparison trap. What is Mozart’s least favorite fowl? Mentioned New Online Class: The Before and After
3/20/201725 minutes, 1 second
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156: How to Practice Effectively

In this episode (22:14) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban help you practice dog agility more effectively, producing maximal results with minimal time. You Will Learn What exactly constitutes “practice” when you’re training dog agility. How being on the edge of your comfort zone is critical to a successful practice. Why you should avoid Facebook when you train. How elite athletes use relatively short but frequent sessions with breaks to maximize performance. Why you should incorporate visualization into your practice routine. Who’s better at grammar; Isaac or Sarah? Mentioned The TED-Ed course that inspired this podcast. Episode 32: Improving Your Mental Game for Big Events Episode 44: Dog Agility Dreams & Goals
3/9/201722 minutes, 15 seconds
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155: Three Emotions Keeping You From Setting Agility Goals

In this episode (18:34) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about some negative feelings that might be keeping you from setting goals for 2017. You Will Learn How fear, shame and uncertainty can negatively impact your goal setting. Why to be wary of tunnel vision. Why tunnel vision can hold you back from reaching your goals. How to push beyond your comfort zone without suffering from delusions of grandeur. How to power a soccer stadium. Mentioned Episode 44: Dog Agility Dreams & Goals
3/2/201718 minutes, 35 seconds
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154: Kids and Dogs and Jennifer Crank

In this episode (38:58) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk with USA AKC/FCI World Team member Jennifer Crank about being a mom and competitor while managing a human child in the dog agility world. You Will Learn How far along in their pregnancies both Jennifer and Sarah ran agility. How Jennifer started in the sport as a very young child. Why it’s helpful to establish a relationship with children and their parents at trials if your dog is not good with children. How children can help prepare your dog for big events like Westminster. How and why unsanctioned “Cup” events are starting to appear here in the United States. A clever thing to say to a vending machine. Mentioned Announcement: Sponsored Athlete Jennifer Crank http://jennifercrank.com/ IncrediPAWS Dog Training
2/23/201738 minutes, 59 seconds
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153: Interview with 2017 Westminster Champion John Nys

In this episode (26:17) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban talk with John Nys, the overall winner of this year’s Masters Agility Championship at Westminster about the show, the courses, the crowds, and Madison Square Garden! You Will Learn How border collie Trick overcame injury to win Westminster. How the audience impacts the atmosphere of the trial. How John managed running two dogs in the televised final. What kind of impact Westminster is having on the sport of dog agility. Mentioned Bad Dog Agility Goes to Westminster 2016 Is the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Valuable to Dog Agility?
2/15/201726 minutes, 18 seconds
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152: Developing Your Social Network in Dog Agility

In this episode (17:52) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban explore social networks in dog agility and share 3 tips for creating your very own powerful support system to get you through the tough times. You Will Learn Why developing your own social network in agility is important. How to develop your personal network by casting a wide net, being proactive, and using technology. How to approach strangers at dog shows (with a video example). A safe, constructive way to complain/vent without offending others or being attacked. Mentioned Episode 58: The Rocky Road to Success Episode 146: Record Keeping Trick for Dog Agility Kathy Keats article “How Sheep Deal With Bullies (and What You Can Learn From It)“ American Psychological Association’s article “Manage stress: Strengthen Your Support Network“ Flow is Flow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I96EZ3203-Q
2/9/201717 minutes, 53 seconds
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151: Judging with Video Review

In this episode (39:45) In this podcast, judge Janet Gauntt joins Sarah and Esteban to discuss the video review process that was highlighted at the 2016 USDAA Cynosport. You Will Learn How the video review process works. Which aspects of the run are reviewed. Who is involved in the review process. Mentioned The USDAA article describing the process. You can find over 500 Janet Gauntt courses on Agility Course Maps.
1/5/201739 minutes, 46 seconds
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150: The Global Judging Program with Lee Gibson

In this episode (40:32) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban are joined by Lee Gibson to discuss the Global Judging Program. You Will Learn Why Lee Gibson and Greg Derrett joined forces to create the Global Judging Program. The common elements of judging across organizations and around the world. The positive and negative effects competitors can have on judges. The positive and negative effects judges can have on competitors. Fiscal advise for snowmen (and snowomen). Mentioned The Global Judging Program Facebook Group The “trailer” video for the Global Judging Program.
12/24/201640 minutes, 33 seconds
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149: Perception versus Reality

In this episode (27:22) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban discuss perceptions in agility that are widely held, but not always true. You Will Learn How to determine whether a wrap or slice is faster. (spoiler: trick question) How to determine whether a rear cross or front cross is faster. (spoiler: trick question) How to determine which is faster, a quick dog with shorter strides or a larger dog with long strides. (spoiler: trick question) How to identify perceptions that may be holding you back in your dog agility training. The price of corn. Mentioned Episode 108: Choices on Course Episode 63: A Newcomer’s Guide to Handling Systems
12/6/201627 minutes, 23 seconds
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148: The Paradox of Choice in Dog Agility

In this episode (19:51) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban discuss “the paradox of choice” and how it might apply to dog agility. You Will Learn What “the paradox of choice” is. How the paradox of choice might affect your feelings and perceptions in agility. Who may be susceptible to influence by the paradox of choice. The scariest single digit number. Mentioned Episode 3: Start Line Stays; Online Agility Classes Episode 42: The Internet, Dog Agility, and You The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz
11/22/201619 minutes, 52 seconds
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147: Susan Garrett on Dropped Bars

In this episode (54:46) Sarah and Esteban talk with Susan Garrett about helping your dog drop less bars. You Will Learn Susan Garrett’s protocol for knocked bars, and which dogs it’s appropriate for. Common training mistakes people make when addressing bar knocking. If you should be quiet when your dog is jumping. How to help your dog avoid brushing wings/uprights. How Response Cost influences a dog’s bar knocking. The importance of jump training, handling, and strength and conditioning for success. How Susan trains jumping with her young dog. The next big challenge in dog agility. The significance of a rhetorical question. Mentioned Facebook Group — Handling 360: Free Agility Workshop Susan’s Facebook Live “Re-Do” of the AWC Large Dog Course Sarah’s favorite Susan Garrett run from the 2016 Agility World Championship. Previous Podcast Interview with Susan Garrett — Episode 43: Susan Garrett Interview on Positive Training and Handling Systems Previous Podcast on Record Keeping — Episode 146: Record Keeping Trick for Dog Agility Episode 100: Interview with Crufts Judge Lee Gibson – Part 1 Episode 136: Interview with WAO Judge Anthony Clarke
10/19/201654 minutes, 47 seconds
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146: Record Keeping Trick for Dog Agility

In this episode (13:48) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban share a commonly used and free app/website for agility record keeping, including trial results and training sessions. You Will Learn Why you should create and use a Group in Facebook for your record keeping. What kind of information you should record/track. How to create a Group in Facebook. Who to include (and not include) in your Group. The defining property of inert gases. Mentioned Facebook Groups
10/10/201613 minutes, 49 seconds
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145: Course Building in Your Own Backyard

In this episode (23:39) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban share their tips for course building in your own backyard. You Will Learn The size of Esteban’s shoe. How to use a centerline to build your course. How much a large measuring wheel costs at Home Depot. Which spatial relationships are important to keep. How different types of jumps and bar lengths affect your course build. What elemental gold says if you’re caught trespassing.
10/1/201623 minutes, 40 seconds
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144: Interview with Sarah Stremming on Behavior Problems in Performance Dogs

In this episode (37:52) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban talk with Sarah Stremming from the Cognitive Canine about her new podcast Cog-Dog Radio and the work she’s doing with agility dogs with behavioral issues. You Will Learn Why Sarah started Cog-Dog Radio. Common behavioral problems in agility dogs. How your dog’s ability to take food can be a barometer for their stress level. The 4 areas that Sarah looks at when she evaluates dogs. Mentioned Our Previous Podcast with Kathy Sdao CogDog Radio – a new dog agility podcast on Soundcloud or in iTunes Sarah Stremmings’s Website: The Cognitive Canine  
9/22/201637 minutes, 53 seconds
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143: Starting Fast and Finishing Strong

In this episode (34:14) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban talk about how to start fast and finish strong in your agility runs. You Will Learn Common issues problems at the start and end of agility runs. How simple, clear routines for the start and end of a run can improve your times. Why dogs frequently run under the tire when it is the first obstacle. Why dogs sometimes start slow. Why some dogs drop bars in the opening. Course design trends for opening sequences. Why dogs drop the last bar and how to avoid this. Mentioned Episode 34: Retraining Your Start Line Stay in Dog Agility
9/14/201634 minutes, 14 seconds
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Excerpt from Episode 12: Interview with Greg and Laura Derrett

This is an excerpt from episode 12, taped in August of 2012.  The relevance to the recent removal of the chute is striking.
8/31/20162 minutes, 7 seconds
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142: Dog Agility World Shuns the Chute

In this episode (31:03) In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban talk about the unprecedented rapid discontinuation of the collapsed tunnel (also known as the chute) across several organizations both in the United States and abroad. You Will Learn Why the chute was discontinued Which dog agility organizations have suspended use of the chute and who did it first Why Joan Meyer created the video that everyone is talking about the impact social media had on this issue potential future fallout from this event Mentioned August 17th: UK International (UKI) announcement August 18th: UK Agility (UKA) announcement August 18th: Change.org petition August 26th: Joan Meyers YouTube video August 29th: American Kennel Club (AKC) announcement August 29th: United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) announcement August 29th: IFCS announcement August 29th: Agility Association of Canada (AAC) announcement August 30th: UK Kennel Club (KC) announcement Our previous podcast: Episode 12: Interview with Greg and Laura Derrett
8/31/201631 minutes, 4 seconds
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141: Welcoming Novice Competitors

In this episode (18:50) In this podcast, we chat with Liz Armstrong about theNew Beginnings Agility Trial which will be held September 16-18, 2016 in Rancho Murieta, California. Sarah and Liz talk about how this trial makes the first-time novice competitor comfortable and excited about their future in the sport of dog agility. You’ll Learn How Liz went from a newcomer to an experienced competitor that is helping to organize this trial. Why it’s important that novice handlers have a good experience at their first trial. How organizers plan to help novice handlers at this event. How the trial appeals to experienced competitors with a Sweepstakes Premier biathlon. Who the judges for this AKC trial will be and why they were asked to judge. Mentioned New Beginnings Facebook Page New Beginnings Agility Trial Premium – CLOSES August 31st, 2016
8/25/201618 minutes, 51 seconds
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140: Bad Dog Moms

In this episode (16:38) In this podcast, we talk about the pressures of raising the perfect agility dog, inspired by the comedy movie Bad Moms. Mentioned Bad Moms
8/11/201616 minutes, 39 seconds
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139: The Test/Train/Adjust Cycle

In this episode (16:02) In this episode, we discuss how to recognize and use the “test/train/adjust” cycle in your dog agility career. Mentioned On the Job Training using Placement of Reward
7/29/201616 minutes, 3 seconds
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138: The Path From Your First Run To Your First Q

In this episode (14:57) In this episode, we discuss common Novice patterns and how you can recognize your success even when you aren’t qualifying. Mentioned   Episode 60: Preparing for Your Novice Debut 5 Tips for Trialing with Your Novice Agility Dog  
7/22/201614 minutes, 58 seconds
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137: Swedish Jump Heights and Its Effect on FCI

In this episode (18:38) In this episode, we talk with Åsa Wrede of Sweden about the future of dog agility in Sweden and Europe. Mentioned The regulation proposal for the Swedish Agility Club. New Height Classes and Cutoffs: Extra small: allowed for dogs whose withers under 28 cm (11.02 inches); jumps 10-20 cm (3.94-7.87 inches) Small: allowed for dogs whose withers under 35 cm (13.78 inches); jumps 20-30 cm (7.87-11.81 inches) Medium: allowed for dogs whose withers is 35 cm and over but under 43 cm (16.93 inches); jumps 30-40 cm (11.81-15.75 inches) Large: allowed for dogs whose withers is 43 cm and over but under 50 cm (19.69 inches); jumps 40-50 cm (15.75-19.69 inches) Extra large: allowed for dogs whose withers is 43 cm and above (16.93 inches); jumps 50-60 cm (19.69-23.62 inches) Our year-long VIP program will open for registration towards the end of June. Watch ourFacebook page or join our newsletter for all the details!
6/17/201618 minutes, 39 seconds
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136: Interview with WAO Judge Anthony Clarke

In this episode (44:15) In this episode, we chat with one of the judges from this year’s World Agility Open Championship, Anthony Clarke. Mentioned World Agility Open Episode 100: Interview with Crufts Judge Lee Gibson – Part 1 Our year-long VIP program will open for registration towards the end of June. Watch ourFacebook page or join our newsletter for all the details!
6/9/201644 minutes, 16 seconds
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135: Interview with European Open Team USA Coach Ann Braue and Michael Teh

In this episode (43:10) In this podcast, we learn about the inner workings of the European Open with Team USA coach Ann Braue and Assistant Coach Mike Teh. Mentioned Official EO Team USA Website Those interesting in donating to the team cancontact Ann at [email protected]
6/2/201643 minutes, 11 seconds
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134: Priming Your Dog Before and Agility Trial

In this episode (19:28) In this podcast, we discuss how priming your dog can improve your agility performance at a trial. Mentioned https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5InZ0V82AkA
5/27/201619 minutes, 29 seconds
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133: 2016 AKC World Team Tryouts Wrap Up

In this episode (1:13:10) In this podcast, we discuss the venue, surface, judges, and courses at the 2016 World Team Tryouts for the AKC. We also identify the two team members in each height that earned an automatic spot on this year’s team, and speculate who will be selected for the remaining positions based on the selection pattern from the last three years of tryouts.     Please visit the website for graphs showing the top dogs (per our own formula) from tryouts.   Mentioned The results of the 2016 AKC World Team Tryouts in Excel format. Episode 99: 2015 ITT Wrap Up and the Luna Effect Q Rates at the 2016 AKC World Team Tryouts (includes links to all the course maps) On the Difficulties of Selecting an AKC/FCI World Team
5/14/20161 hour, 13 minutes, 11 seconds
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132: Contrarianism in Dog Agility

In this episode (28:34) In this podcast, we apply the concept of contrarianism to dog agility and discuss specific ways today’s handlers are trying to gain an edge in a highly competitive sport.
5/5/201628 minutes, 37 seconds
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131: Free Your Agility Dog

In this episode In this episode, we discuss how to make the agility field a mistake-free paradise for your dog, filled with rewards and enthusiasm. Mentioned Episode 117: Drive for Agility (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 2) Episode 49: Using Differential Rewards Dogs That Split the Difference
4/27/201623 minutes, 17 seconds
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130: How to Reward Your Dog Before and After Their Run

In this episode (15:53) In this episode, we discuss how to improve your dog’s performance in the ring by shifting the bulk of your reinforcement to after your runs rather than before.
4/20/201615 minutes, 54 seconds
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129: The Connection Paradigm

In this episode (14:44) In this podcast, we identify key areas where you may lose your connection with your dog on course.
4/9/201614 minutes, 45 seconds
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128: Talent Vs Preparation

In this episode (13:43) In this episode, we discuss the concept of “talent” in agility, and how you might improve if you don’t have any. Mentioned Episode 115: Three Aspects of Agility Training
3/31/201613 minutes, 44 seconds
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127: Interview with 2016 AKC 20″ National Agility Champion Sarah Baker

In this episode (28:41) In this podcast, we talk to repeat 20″ National Agility Champion Sarah Baker about her recent win. We touch on mental management during the event, running contacts, and choice analysis. Mentioned Side by Side: Hops vs Gitchi Choice Analysis: 2016 AKC NAC Finals Jump #18 Visualization and Mental Preparation Episode 32: Improving Your Mental Game for Big Events
3/26/201628 minutes, 42 seconds
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126: Dog Agility NOW

In this episode (35:54) In this podcast, we announce the launch of our new website dedicated to sport reporting for dog agility. We discuss our thoughts, plans, and hopes for this new site. Mentioned Dog Agility NOW – a new website for news, statistics, and results
3/16/201611 minutes, 58 seconds
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125: How to Handle Without Thinking

In this episode (35:54) In this podcast, we talk about one change you can make in your practice to help you handle smoothly and efficiently. Mentioned The Before & After Video Series!
3/14/201635 minutes, 55 seconds
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124: Dealing with Disappointment in Dog Agility

In this episode (52:00) In this podcast, we talk about dealing with personal disappointment, other people’s disappointment, and how to build an environment where failure doesn’t rob you of joy. Mentioned How to Develop Mentally Tough Young Athletes How Your Mindset Affects Your Agility Performance
3/3/201652 minutes, 1 second
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123: The 2016 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster

In this episode (1:36:17) In this podcast, we share our experience at Westminster and discuss the results as well as the courses, broadcast, method for determining the grand champion, and more. Mentioned Note: We mentioned that this event was random draw. That is incorrect, it is first received. However, since it fills on day 1, it ends up being a random draw of the entries that are received on day 1. Competitors try to ensure their entry gets there on day 1 and so in practice, it becomes a random draw. For more photos and videos from the event, see Esteban’s Bad Dog Agility Goes to Westminster 2016 article. A statistical look at Westminster’s effect on dog agility Our podcast coverage of the 2nd Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Our podcast coverage of the 1st Masters Agility Championship at Westminster See the show notes on the website for course maps
2/23/20161 hour, 36 minutes, 18 seconds
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122: Debugging Your Dog Agility Training

In this episode (14:27) In this podcast, Sarah applies the concept of debugging to dog agility.
2/4/201614 minutes, 28 seconds
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121: Dealing with Over-Arousal in Dog Agility

In this episode (22:14) In this podcast, we discuss strategies for dealing with over-arousal. Mentioned See the Show Notes page for an example "inverted U" graph. http://baddogagility.com/episode-121-dealing-with-over-arousal-in-dog-agility/
1/29/201622 minutes, 15 seconds
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120: Power60, NAC Prep, and Looking Forward to 2016

In this episode (23:16) In this podcast, we look back at the 2015 power 60 rankings, Esteban’s broken toe, and get ready for 2016. Mentioned The Bad Dog Agility Power 60 for 2015 The Bad Dog Agility Preferred Power 60 for 2015 Episode 44: Dog Agility Dreams & Goals The 2016 AKC Nationals Prep Course is now OPEN for registration. Train with us online!Registration closes January 25th.
1/23/201623 minutes, 17 seconds
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119: Handling (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 4)

In this episode (31:23) This is the fourth and final podcast in our series on “Three Aspects of Agility Training”. In this podcast, we talk about handling; choosing the right handling, evaluating your handling, and effectively training your dog to respond to your handling. Mentioned Episode 115: Three Aspects of Agility Training Episode 117: Drive for Agility (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 2) Episode 118: Individual Obstacle Performance (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 3) Episode 63: A Newcomer’s Guide to Handling Systems Episode 30: Analyzing Mistakes and a Look at Systems
1/14/201631 minutes, 23 seconds
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118: Individual Obstacle Performance (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 3)

In this episode (44:00) This is the third podcast in our series on “Three Aspects of Agility Training”. In this podcast, we talk about individual obstacle performance and what kinds of challenges you need to address in training to give yourself the most handling options. Mentioned Episode 115: Three Aspects of Agility Training Episode 117: Drive for Agility (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 2) Episode 107: Training the Teeter Episode 67: Reflections on Weave Pole Training Episode 73: How to Generalize Behaviors with Your Novice Dog
12/11/201544 minutes, 1 second
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117: Drive for Agility (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 2)

In this episode (50:33) This is the second podcast in our series on “Three Aspects of Agility Training”. In this podcast, we talk all about drive in the context of your agility performance. We define drive, discuss how you can build it, and explain the mistakes to avoid that will reduce your dog’s drive for dog agility. Mentioned Episode 115: Three Aspects of Agility Training Episode 77: The Secret to All of Dog Agility Episode 49: Using Differential Rewards Episode 28: Training with Toys Episode 10: Training with Food; Training with a Clicker Episode 97: Improving Your Transitions During Training
11/21/201550 minutes, 45 seconds
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116: Interview with Justine Davenport and Jessica Patterson

In this episode (37:36) In this podcast, we talk to Shape Up Agility’s Justine Davenport and reigning EO Large Dog Champion Jessica Patterson. We discuss their recent success as well as their growing influence in handling both in Canada and throughout the world. (Editor’s Note: I kept losing track of which voice was Justine and which voice was Jessica. Here’s my cheat sheet: Justine has a lower voice, Jessica has a higher voice and a noticeable Canadian accent ) Mentioned Shape Up Agility Jessica’s winning EO run (European Open 2015 Large Dog) Esteban’s favorite Shape Up Promo Video  
11/11/201537 minutes, 37 seconds
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115: Three Aspects of Agility Training

In this episode (24:58) In this podcast, we discuss how the sport of dog agility involves much more than just handling. This is the first in a series of four podcasts targeting beginner agility handlers (and the instructors who coach them). Mentioned Our previous podcast: Episode 63: A Newcomer’s Guide to Handling Systems
10/31/201524 minutes, 59 seconds
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114: Interview with Newest World Champion Pavol Vakonič

In this episode (21:33) In this podcast, 2015 FCI Agility World Champion Pavol Vakonič shares his thoughts on training with his wife, his dogs, and his mental focus before his gold and silver medal runs. Mentioned Overlay video of Fiona and Ikea: Agility, and Jumping 2015 Agility World Championships Results and Course Maps
10/22/201521 minutes, 34 seconds
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113: 2015 FCI Agility World Championship Wrap-up

In this episode (23:16) In this podcast we discuss the results of the 2015 FCI Agility World Championship as well as our own thoughts and impressions of the event. Mentioned 2015 Agility World Championships Results and Course Maps Fantastic Record of FCI Medalists from Past Years Medal Count by Country Slovenia: 8Switzerland: 7Italy: 6Czech Republic: 5Slovakia: 5Sweden: 4France: 3Germany: 3Great Britain: 3Austria: 2Belgium: 2Poland: 2Brazil: 1Lithuania: 1Russia: 1USA: 1
10/17/201523 minutes, 17 seconds
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112: How to Run Agility Like a World Champion

In this episode (21:16) In this podcast we discuss why it’s important to move on to the next part of the course as soon as your dog is committed to an obstacle. Mentioned 2015 Agility World Championships Order the Livestream Episode 70: Five Tips for For Watching the FCI Agility World Championship
10/7/201521 minutes, 17 seconds
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111: The Myth of the Ring-Wise Dog

In this episode (20:24) Have you been told you have a ring-wise dog? In this podcast we discuss why we believe that most dogs labelled “ring-wise” actually aren’t, and why this is a very good things for agility competitors.
10/1/201520 minutes, 25 seconds
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110: Howard Boyle goes to the Moravia Open and the Canadian Classic

In this episode (44:17) Howard Boyle returns to the podcast after two international trips; first to the Moravia Open in the Czech Republic and then to the Canadian Classic. Mentioned Our previous podcast with Howard: Episode 102: International Man of Mystery Howard Boyle The Moravia Open The Canadian Classic  
9/16/201544 minutes, 18 seconds
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109: Intuitive Handling versus Theory-Based Handling

In this episode (22:49) In this podcast, we discuss the role that theory and intuition play in agility training and handling. Mentioned Episode 63: A Newcomer’s Guide to Handling Systems Episode 41: Janita, Jaakko and the One Mind System  
8/27/201522 minutes, 50 seconds
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108: Choices on Course

In this episode (21:34) In this podcast, we discuss how to figure out the fastest path when presented a choice on course and how to improve this analytical skill. Mentioned Course Analysis: Comparison of Dog Paths in Agility What Would 0.33 Seconds Mean to You? 2014 AKC NAC Round 1 Wrap Choice – Pace vs Gitchi  
8/7/201521 minutes, 35 seconds
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107: Training the Teeter

In this episode (19:50) In this podcast, we discuss why the teeter is such a difficult obstacle for some dogs and some ways (including our favorite!) of training this obstacle. Mentioned Visit the Show Notes page to see a video of the Venture during his TipAssist training. The TipAssist was developed by Lynne Stephens of Doglogic Canine Education of Statesville, NC and manufactured by Emmco Sport.  
7/30/201519 minutes, 51 seconds
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106: System Versus Talent

In this episode (23:59) In this podcast, we discuss how thinking about dog agility in terms of your system vs your talent can help improve your performances. Mentioned Our post: When do Agility Dogs Peak?  
7/23/201524 minutes
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105: Entitlement and Dog Agility

In this episode (32:00) We discuss how entitlement can affect our training and negatively impact the team selection process for international events.  
7/9/201532 minutes, 1 second
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104: Building Confidence Through Challenges

In this episode (18:35) We discuss how challenging your dog can actually build understanding and confidence, which turn to speed and drive. Mentioned The Bad Dog Agility Academy VIP Program  
6/25/201518 minutes, 36 seconds
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103: Green Dog Gotchas

In this episode (26:28) We’re joined this week by Brittany Schaezler for a discussion on some of the common (and not so common) mistakes we’ve seen our inexperienced dogs make as they begin competing. Add these items to your list of proofing and training and you’ll have a few less mistakes to worry about with your next Novice dog! Mentioned Our Previous Podcast: Episode 60: Preparing for Your Novice Debut Our Previous Podcast: Episode 98: The Importance of a Clear Start to Every Sequence Baby Trek Brittany put together a video showing a few of these green dog mistakes we discussed in the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN8Hil5i9ys Brittany’s Notes: “1st video–notices the judge counting for the first time (she was in Masters at this point), and alarm barks and loses focus the rest of the run. 2nd video (USDAA Starters), you can see her drop her head and check out all 3 of the stars on the dogwalk. Tunnel under the dogwalk still bothers her, so no 2o2o. At the table, you can see that she’s looking at the judge the entire count. I don’t lose her at that point, but after the teeter, she self-releases to go check out the judges, but does come back and finishes the run.”
6/9/201526 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 102: International Man of Mystery Howard Boyle

In this episode (45:54) Howard Boyle is a Houston, Texas based agility competitor who routinely travels around the world to compete in the sport of dog agility. He recently traveled to the Bailiwick of Jersey, an island off the coast of France, to compete in the Jersey European Agility Festival. Mentioned Jersey European Agility Festival The Bailiwick of Jersey
5/28/201545 minutes, 55 seconds
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101: Interview with Crufts Judge Lee Gibson – Part 2

In this episode (33:31) This is the second part of a two part interview with Lee Gibson. Please listen to Part 1 first! In this podcast we continue our discussion on course design including specific challenges presented in the Crufts course as well as Lee’s thoughts on designing courses for or against the running contact. Mentioned 2015 Crufts International Agility Finals course designed by Lee Gibson Lee Gibson Agility Get Lee’s Agility Workbook Watch Esteban and Gitchi Run the 2015 Crufts International Finals Course https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCbGuFv9FKk
5/21/201533 minutes, 33 seconds
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100: Interview with Crufts Judge Lee Gibson - Part 1

In this episode (45:15) This week we’re joined by Lee Gibson, the judge of the International Finals course at Crufts this year. We discuss the responsibility judges have to influence the sport and the pressures on judges and their course design. Mentioned 2015 Crufts International Agility Finals course designed by Lee Gibson Lee Gibson Agility  
5/17/201545 minutes, 16 seconds
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99: 2015 ITT Wrap Up and the Luna Effect

In this episode (1:04:33) This podcast is all about the international Team Tryouts for Team USA. We talk about our experience there, the courses, the judges, the surface, the handlers, the dogs, and speculate about who might be picked for the remaining team spots. Mentioned Team USA Facebook Page The AKC Team Tryouts Website  
5/6/20151 hour, 4 minutes, 34 seconds
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98: The Importance of a Clear Start to Every Sequence

In this episode (16:09) Improve your training by taking the time to reset your dog properly after a mistake.  
4/29/201516 minutes, 10 seconds
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97: Improving Your Transitions During Training

In this episode (23:49) The bulk of your agility training time is spent in transition from one repetition to the next! In this podcast, we discuss the importance of this transition time and how short, rewarding transitions will help your agility training! Mentioned Agility Right From the Start Our Previous Podcast: Episode 25: Secrets to Super Agility Performance – Part 2  
4/23/201523 minutes, 50 seconds
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96: The Challenge of Transitioning to International Coursework

In this episode (50:56) In this podcast, we delve into the challenges and myths involved in transitioning a dog to European-style international coursework, including “demotivating” maneuvers, wrap versus rear cross confusion, bar knocking, and more. Mentioned YOU can introduce the podcast! Our National Agility Championship Wrap-Up Podcast livestream of the Finals round (watch for rear vs wrap confusion at #10 and #18 Extreme Slow Motion of a Border Collie Wrapping at 26″ and a Sheltie at 14″ the tricky 2015 IFCS weave entry
4/15/201550 minutes, 57 seconds
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95: Interview with the 2015 26" National Agility Champion Desiree Snelleman

In this episode (35:21) We’ve got Desiree Snelleman on the podcast to talk about her latest National Agility Championship win as well as her experiences at Crufts, FCI Worlds, IFCS and her life before dog agility!(photo by Howard Boyle) Mentioned The 2015 AKC National Agility Championship. Team Handball! Desiree Snelleman’s Coaching Website Donate to the IFCS Team! Watch the IFCS competition LIVE.
4/7/201535 minutes, 22 seconds
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94: 2015 AKC National Agility Championship Wrap-Up

In this episode (41:02) We’re back from the 2015 AKC National Agility Championship and sharing our thoughts on the event, the courses, the results, and the livestream! Mentioned The 2015 AKC National Agility Championship. Episode 92: 2015 AKC National Agility Championship Preview livestream with commentary of the Challenger round livestream with commentary of the Finals round Why We Call a Backside a 270 (note that in the podcast, we referred to the #15 jump of the Finals round, it was actually the Challengers round that had a backside challenge at the #15 jump)
4/2/201541 minutes, 3 seconds
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The New AKC Premier Class is Coming

In this episode (13:59) The Director of AKC Agility, Carrie DeYoung joins us to clarify the difference between the International Sweepstakes Class (ISC) and the Premier Class being offered at this year’s AKC National Agility Championship. We also get some additional information about the challenges presented, titling possibilities, and timeline for this new class. Mentioned The 2015 AKC National Agility Championship. Our previous post: AKC Premier Class Challenge: The Inverted Pinwheel
3/23/201514 minutes
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92: 2015 AKC National Agility Championship Preview

In this episode (38:57) The Bad Dog Agility PowerScore ranking for the AKC National Agility Championship is back! We crunched the numbers for every single dog entered in the upcoming AKC National Agility Championship. Data comes from the qualifying period for this event (12/1/2013 – 11/30/2014). We discuss the top dogs, the statistical trends from last year to this year, and the addition of the Premier and ISC warm-up round. Click Here to see the ranking spreadsheet (version 1.0). Mentioned Our new video series: “Before and After: 2015 AKC National Agility Championship“ The 2015 AKC National Agility Championship. Last year’s Nationals PowerScore ranking. The Power 60 rankings.  
3/19/201538 minutes, 58 seconds
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91: Dog Agility at Crufts

In this episode Crufts, the largest dog show in the world, took place this past weekend. In this podcast, we talk about the coverage, courses, and competitors. Mentioned Our previous podcast on Westminster Agility Agility at Crufts Video: International Invitational – Large Finals (course map) Video: Championship Finals (course map)  
3/13/201525 minutes, 53 seconds
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90: Strength and Conditioning with Guest Robby Porter

In this episode (35:05) Today is Dog Agility Blogger Action Day and the topic is “health and well being”. In this podcast we’re joined by Robby Porter to talk about strength, conditioning and body awareness for your canine athlete. Mentioned Visit the Dog Agility Blogger Action Day page to see what others have written on the topic of “Health and Well Being”. Visit Robby on Facebook, at his website, and on Vimeo.  
3/4/201524 minutes, 4 seconds
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89: Small Dog Challenges

In this episode (35:05) Lori Daigle, the 8″ winner of the 2015 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, joins us to discuss the challenges of running agility with a small dog. Mentioned Our previous podcast on Large Dog Challenges Our side by side comparison of a small and large dog.  
2/27/201535 minutes, 6 seconds
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88: Cesar Millan Crashes Westminster Agility

In this episode (52:44) We discuss the results of the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, the event structure, thoughts on crowning a champion, the broadcast, a heartwarming tale of triumph after TPLO, and Cesar Millan intruding on the sport of agility. Mentioned Our podcast covering the 2014 Westminster Agility Championship Our podcast discussing CCL injuries and TPLO Westminster Agility Results Fox Sport’s exceedingly misleading announcement of Cesar Millan’s commentary position Voice your opinion on the broadcast with Fox Sports. Expert opinions on Cesar Millan’s training methods including:Dr. Nicholas Dodman – Professor and Head, Section of Animal BehaviorDirector of Behavior Clinic, Tufts University – Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine“Cesar Millan’s methods are based on flooding and punishment. The results, though immediate, will be only transitory. His methods are misguided, outmoded, in some cases dangerous, and often inhumane. You would not want to be a dog under his sphere of influence. The sad thing is that the public does not recognize the error of his ways. My college thinks it is a travesty. We’ve written to National Geographic Channel and told them they have put dog training back 20 years.” Enjoy this video of Brittany Schaezler’s sheltie Ticket!    
2/19/201552 minutes, 45 seconds
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87: Improving Your Course Memorization

In this episode (21:03) In this podcast, we discuss how to use your time effectively before, during, and after the walkthrough to reduce forgetfulness on course. We also discuss some tips for improving your course memorization skills. Mentioned One Mind Dogs Ann Croft Agility Coach – Happy Hurdlers Kayl McCann Enjoy this fantastic video of Esteban forgetting the last jump!
2/13/201521 minutes, 4 seconds
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86: A Look at Rankings in Dog Agility

In this episode (40:04) We discuss our thoughts on ranking systems including the AKC Invitational rankings and our own Power 60 and Breed Power 10. Mentioned The Bad Dog Agility Power 60 for 2014 The Breed Power 10 for 2014  
2/5/201540 minutes, 5 seconds
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85: Have We Solved the Game of Agility?

In this episode (29:33) We discuss the possibility that advances in handling have made the sport too dependent on other factors like dog speed and turning ability. Mentioned our previous podcast: Episode 42: The Internet, Dog Agility, and You our previous podcast: Episode 71: FCI Agility World Championship Wrap-Up Announcing the 2015 AKC National Agility Championship Prep Course!  
1/30/201529 minutes, 34 seconds
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84: Large Dog Challenges

In this episode (39:04) We are joined by the 2014 24″ AKC Agility Invitational Champion Barb VanEseltine to discuss the challenges of running agility with a large dog. Mentioned our previous post: A Look at Speed by Height Announcing the 2015 AKC National Agility Championship Prep Course!  
1/22/201539 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 83: Interview with Kayl McCann – OneMind Dog coach and the owner of Kayl McCann Dogs

In this episode (46:10) Our guest this week is Kayl McCann; a OneMind Dog coach and owner of Kayl McCann Dogs. We discuss the OneMind Dog methodology, how to apply it to YOUR dog, and some tips on finding the right move on course. Mentioned Kayl McCann Dogs OneMind Dogs  
1/15/201546 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 82: What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

In this episode (19:04) Feeling overwhelmed in your training is not uncommon, especially for the advanced competitor. We share our struggles and our coping skills with you so that you can break through your own training paralysis. Mentioned We have an app!!! Download our free IOS or Android app today. It’s the easiest way to listen to the podcast!
1/7/201519 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 81: Tips for Training Alone

In this episode (25:45) We discuss the challenges of training by yourself and give you some helpful tips. Mentioned Episode 72: Three Ways to Use a Helper Episode 49: Using Differential Rewards Video showing a creative way to teach the chute without a helper. My favorite new gadget: a phone holder for my tripod. I pair this with a quick release platefor a super fast setup. We have an app!!! Download our free IOS or Android app today. It’s the easiest way to listen to the podcast!
12/17/201425 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 80: AKC NAC Qualification Changes from 2015 to 2016

In this episode, we crunch the numbers behind the controversial new requirements for the AKC National Agility Championship to be held in Tulsa, OK in 2016.
12/4/201426 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 79: Be a Student of the Game

In this episode (9:17) As part of Dog Agility Blogger Action Day, we discuss how “continuing education” can help you stay on top of the agility game! Mentioned Episode 9: Course Walking Tip; Learning from other Dog Sports Episode 39: Interview with Michael Ellis on Tugging – Part 1 Episode 70: Five Tips for For Watching the FCI Agility World Championship Episode 42: The Internet, Dog Agility, and You Episode 8: Using a Camcorder in Training; Heat Stroke & Water Intoxication Please rate and review the podcast so other listeners will find us!
12/3/20149 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 78: The Power of Latent Learning

In this episode (15:11) In this podcast, we discuss latent learning in dog training and how you can take advantage of this learning leap! Mentioned Please rate and review the podcast so other listeners will find us! Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.Click here to read the full article →
11/26/201415 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 77: The Secret to All of Dog Agility

In this episode (24:58) In this podcast, we discuss the secret to ALL of dog agility. Spoiler Alert: it has nothing to do with handling. Mentioned Greg Derrett and Ultimate Agility Please rate and review the podcast so other listeners will find us! Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad.Click here to read the full article →
11/21/201424 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 76: Verbal Cues in Dog Agility

In this episode (23:37) In this podcast, we discuss the use of verbal cues in agility including some pros and cons. Mentioned Jenny Damm’s blog post on her 2014 Agility World Championship experience Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 FileClick here to read the full article →
11/7/201423 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 75: The Poisoned Cue

In this episode (23:59) In this podcast, we discuss the idea of the poisoned cue, how to know if your cue has become poisoned, and what you can do about it. Mentioned Clean Run Our Previous Podcast: Episode 38: Tips for Retraining Your Agility Dog Our Previous Podcast: Episode 34: Retraining Your Start Line StayClick here to read the full article →
10/27/201424 minutes
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Episode 74: Training the Tire

In this episode (17:54) We discuss the unique challenges the tire presents in dog agility. Mentioned Agility Right From the Start Our Previous Podcast: How to Generalize Behaviors with Your Novice Dog Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 File HereClick here to read the full article →
10/11/201417 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 73: How to Generalize Behaviors with Your Novice Dog

In this episode (20:12) We discuss generalization and proofing in dog agility training, two related but different concepts. Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here Sponsor Back on Track Dog agility is a demanding sport and can be difficultClick here to read the full article →
10/3/201420 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 72: Three Ways to Use a Helper

In this episode (18:56) We discuss three ways that your agility friends and classmates can help create a better training session. Mentioned Our previous podcast: Episode 8: Using a Camcorder in Training; Heat Stroke & Water Intoxication Our previous podcast: Episode 3: Start Line Stays; Online Agility Classes Our new online class: The 2014 AKCClick here to read the full article →
9/26/201418 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 71: FCI Agility World Championship Wrap-Up

In this episode (53:26) In this episode we discuss the results of the 2014 FCI Agility World Championship as well as our own impressions of the event. Mentioned The official website for the 2014 Agility FCI World Championship Courses by Jos Thines, Courses by Jozef van Eester Results (look in the left hand menu forClick here to read the full article →
9/19/201453 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 70: Five Tips for For Watching the FCI Agility World Championship

In this episode (17:35) In this episode we discuss how watching the agility world championship can benefit your own agility performance. Mentioned The official website for the 2014 Agility FCI World Championship Live Stream and Video on Demand by AgilityVision USA Agility Team Facebook Page Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhoneClick here to read the full article →
9/10/201417 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 69: Dog Agility – The Great Motivator

In this episode (14:13) In this episode, we talk about how a focus on canine fitness, human fitness, mental preparation, and practice planning can help you in the agility ring. Mentioned This podcast is part of Dog Agility Blogger Action Day. Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe toClick here to read the full article →
9/3/201414 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 68: Innovation in Dog Agility Training

In this episode (22:06) In this episode, we talk about questioning aspects of your own agility training and creating mini-innovations to get more out of each training session with your agility dog.   Mentioned article on Chip Kelly’s influence on the NFL Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. SubscribeClick here to read the full article →
8/28/201422 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 67: Reflections on Weave Pole Training

In this episode (30:46) We discuss the strengths of various weave pole methods as we revisit weave training with our novice dogs. Mentioned Susan Garrett’s 2×2 Method FlashPaws Silvia Trkman’s Weaves DVD Agility Right from the Start Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.Click here to read the full article →
8/21/201430 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 66: The Decline of AKC’s Novice A Class

In this episode (41:33) We discuss the decline of the AKC Novice A class and what we can do to grow our sport. Mentioned our post: The Growth of AKC Games our post: The Growth of AKC Preferred and ILP/PAL over 10 Years our post: How Has AKC Agility Grown Over the Past 10 Years?Click here to read the full article →
8/14/201441 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 65: Recognizing Artificial Limitations

In this episode (15:15) We discuss the psychology of the fixed vs growth mindsets and some thoughts on recognizing your own fixed mindset tendencies. Mentioned Carol Dweck’s book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success“ Our previous post: How Your Mindset Affects Your Agility Performance Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone orClick here to read the full article →
8/8/201416 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 64: The Benefits of an Abundance Mindset

In this episode (20:51) We discuss applications of the abundance mindset to different aspects of dog agility including handling systems, multiple dog households, and organizations like AKC and USDAA. Mentioned Stephen R. Covey’s Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Our previous podcast on Westminster Masters Agility Championship This podcast is about the abundanceClick here to read the full article →
7/28/201420 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 63: A Newcomer’s Guide to Handling Systems

In this episode (32:48) We discuss agility handling systems while comparing dog agility with other competitive non-dog sports. Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here Sponsor Back on Track Dog agility is a demanding sport and can be difficultClick here to read the full article →
7/18/201432 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 62: Celebrating 20 Years of AKC Agility

In this episode (26:54) The 20th anniversary of AKC Agility is coming up with a celebration planned for the Reliant trial in Houston, Tx in a few weeks. In this podcast, we take a trip down memory lane with former Director of AKC Agility Sharon Anderson and current Director of AKC Agility Carrie DeYoung. MentionedClick here to read the full article →
7/3/201426 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 61: Tactical Training and Trialing in Agility

In this episode (11:14) We discuss a strategy for addressing handling challenges that you encounter on course. Mentioned Our online VIP course at Bad Dog Agility Academy. Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here
6/27/201411 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 60: Preparing for Your Novice Debut

In this episode (45:33) We discuss tips for creating a successful agility debut for your dog. Mentioned Our post “5 Tips for Trialing with Your Novice Agility Dog” which includes video of Miriya’s debut. Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3Click here to read the full article →
6/18/201445 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 59: The 2014 International Team Tryouts

In this episode (30:12) We discuss the 2014 International Team Tryouts; the effect of adding the European Open to the tryouts process and the team members. Mentioned The 2014 AWC Team Members Announcement The 2014 European Open Team Members Announcement The 2014 European Open: Hungary The 2014 Agility World Championship: Luxembourg Donating to the TeamsClick here to read the full article →
6/11/201430 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 58: The Rocky Road to Success

In this episode (20:12) We share our thoughts on “Success” as part of Dog Agility Blogger Action Day. The path to success does NOT occur little by little at a steady rate. All dogs will have moments where they leap forward in their training . . . or regress for a period of time. WeClick here to read the full article →
6/4/201420 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 57: Interview with Denise Fenzi – Part 2

In this episode (32:39) This is the second part of a two part interview with Denise Fenzi. Please listen to Part 1 first! In this podcast we discuss the NRM (No Reward Marker) as well as the CI (Cheerful Interrupter). Mentioned The Behavior Chain Series (starting with #1) Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Ways to ListenClick here to read the full article →
5/21/201432 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 56: Interview with Denise Fenzi – Part 1

In this episode (36:12) This is the first part of a two part interview with Denise Fenzi. Denise’s passion is obedience, and yet her name is familiar to many agility handlers who look to her for information on relationship and drive. Mentioned The Behavior Chain Series (starting with #1) Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Our veryClick here to read the full article →
5/16/201436 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 55: When to Quit an Agility Training Session

In this episode (20:19) Inspired by Silvia Trkman’s article Busting the Myths 6, we discuss different ways to end your agility training sessions. Mentioned Silvia Trkman’s article: Busting the Myths 6 Our previous podcast on: Conditioned Emotional Response Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast inClick here to read the full article →
5/9/201420 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 54: Irrational Confidence in Dog Agility

In this episode (15:58) The AKC National Agility Championship is over, the NBA playoffs are ongoing, and the World Team Tryouts are coming up. In this podcast, we tie all these things together with a discussion of Irrational Confidence. Mentioned Game Winning 3 Pt Shot AKC World Team Tryouts Ways to Listen Subscribe to theClick here to read the full article →
4/30/201415 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 53: Conditioned Emotional Response and Your Agility Training

In this episode (16:54) We’re discussing the Conditioned Emotional Response (CER) of the trainer (human) and how it might be affecting your agility training sessions. Mentioned Article Series by Denise Fenzi Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here
4/23/201416 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 52: 2014 AKC National Agility Championship Wrap-Up

In this episode (55:11) We’re back from the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship and sharing our thoughts on the event, the courses, and the results. Mentioned The 2014 AKC National Agility Championship Results and Course Maps Our Preview Podcast Our previous post on the wrap choice in the JWW Round. Ways to Listen Subscribe toClick here to read the full article →
4/16/201455 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 51: 2014 AKC National Agility Championship Preview

In this episode (35:42) The Bad Dog Agility PowerScore ranking for the AKC National Agility Championship is back. We crunched the numbers for every single dog entered in the upcoming AKC National Agility Championship. Data comes from the qualifying period for this event (12/1/2012 – 11/30/2013). Click Here to see the ranking spreadsheet (version 1.0).Click here to read the full article →
3/19/201435 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 50: Puppy Paralysis

In this episode (18:08) We share our thoughts on “Starting Your Puppy” as part of Dog Agility Blogger Action Day. Mentioned This podcast is part of Dog Agility Blogger Action Day. “Perfect is the enemy of good.” Our article “When do Agility Dogs Peak?“ Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone orClick here to read the full article →
3/5/201418 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 49: Using Differential Rewards

In this episode (28:12) In this episode, we discuss the different ways people apply positive reinforcement to their training sessions, and suggest a way to help dogs that struggle with non-reinforced repetitions. Mentioned Silvia Trkman and Bu Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.Click here to read the full article →
2/24/201428 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 48: Westminster Masters Agility Championship on Live TV

In this episode (36:36) In this episode, we discuss the potential impact of Westminster’s live agility broadcast on the future of our sport. Mentioned Westminster Kennel Club’s Masters Agility Championship Greg Louganis as analyst Our article: “The Moneymaker Effect in Dog Agility“ Agility on TV at a Sports Bar Ways to Listen Subscribe to theClick here to read the full article →
2/12/201436 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 47: Addressing Bar Knocking in Practice

In this episode (15:50) In this episode we discuss how we address bar knocking in practice. Mentioned Justine Davenport’s Handling Foundations Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here
2/5/201415 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 46: Expanding Your Comfort Zone

In this episode (11:58) In this episode we discuss how to expand your comfort zone by using your practice time effectively. Mentioned Our 2014 AKC National Agility Championship Prep Course Lee Gibson LiveStream Workshop Our Free Webinar “How to Analyze Your Agility Runs with the Coach’s Eye” Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast onClick here to read the full article →
1/27/201411 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 45: Patterning in Dog Agility Training

In this episode (19:05) In this episode we discuss how patterning both hurts and helps your dog agility training. Mentioned Silvia Trkman’s Foundation Video Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here
1/21/201419 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 44: Dog Agility Dreams & Goals

In this episode (12:41) In this podcast we discuss the difference between a dream and a goal and introduce an easy 3 step process for setting your dog agility goals. Mentioned Our previous post: Achieve Your Dog Agility Goals in 2014 Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe toClick here to read the full article →
1/14/201412 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 43: Susan Garrett Interview on Positive Training and Handling Systems

In this episode (30:12) Susan Garrett joins the podcast to discuss positive dog training, her recent adjustments to her own system of handling, and her upcoming projects. In typical Susan Garrett fashion, she pushed us outside of our comfort zone and requested a video interview! You can listen to the podcast or watch the video.Click here to read the full article →
12/11/201330 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 42: The Internet, Dog Agility, and You

In this episode (36:01) In this podcast we discuss how to use social media and the internet to improve your dog agility. Mentioned Our Previous Podcast on Online Agility Classes Our Previous Podcast on Using a Camcorder in Training Dog Agility Blogger Action Day (the next one is next week!) How to ensure Facebook notifiesClick here to read the full article →
8/30/201336 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 41: Janita, Jaakko and the One Mind System

In this episode (50:40) Janita Leinonen and Jaakko Suoknuuti join the podcast to talk about the One Mind agility handling system. In addition to being the originator of the system, Janita just returned from winning large dog individual gold at the 2013 European Open. Mentioned Janita’s Winning run at the 2013 European Open One MindClick here to read the full article →
8/23/201350 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 40: Interview with Michael Ellis on Tugging – Part 2

In this episode (24:25) This is a continuation of our interview with Michael Ellis. Click Here for Part 1. We discuss common tugging problems as well as how to adjust your tug training when working with a young puppy. Mentioned Michael Ellis on Facebook Michael’s Training School Loups du Soleil Michael Ellis DVDs from CleanClick here to read the full article →
7/17/201324 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 39: Interview with Michael Ellis on Tugging – Part 1

In this episode (34:08) Schutzhund trainers are experts in teaching dogs to tug, and special guest Michael Ellis is an expert among experts. We discuss drive and motivation along with several common problems with tug training. This is part 1; part 2 is available here. Mentioned Michael Ellis on Facebook Michael’s Training School Loups duClick here to read the full article →
7/9/201334 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 38: Tips for Retraining Your Agility Dog

In this episode (21:22) We discuss the effect reinforcement history has when changing handling systems, contact performance, start line stays, and more. Mentioned Our podcast on retraining your start line stay Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here SponsorClick here to read the full article →
6/28/201321 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 37: Constructive Criticism vs Demonization

In this episode (42:14) Suzanne Clothier joins the podcast to discuss her blog article “When Sport Becomes Abuse” and the dog agility video that inspired her writing. Mentioned The AKC’s Canine Sport Initiative – “Sports-related injuries in dogs are an emerging field of study, and CHF is committed to being on the forefront, providing grantsClick here to read the full article →
6/5/201342 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 36: The 2013 EO and AWC USA Teams

In this episode (39:39) Special guests Nancy Gyes, AKC EO Team Coach, and Carrie DeYoung, AKC Director of Agility discuss the recently announced 2013 European Open US Team, and the 2013 FCI World Agility US Team. Mentioned 2013 European Open 2013 FCI Agility World Championship 2013 International Teams AKC page USA World Agility Team FacebookClick here to read the full article →
5/31/201339 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 35: Alternative Medicine for Agility Dogs

In this episode (26:29) Dr. Brittany Schaezler and Dr. Jacqueline A. Doval join us to talk about alternative medicine for canine athletes. We discuss massage, laser therapy, canine acupuncture and canine chiropractic as tools we can use to keep our dogs healthy and running at their best. Mentioned Dr Brittany Schaezler and AgilityVet.com American VeterinaryClick here to read the full article →
4/25/201326 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 34: Retraining Your Start Line Stay in Dog Agility

In this episode (30:34) Do you have a broken start line stay? We discuss two retraining methods, plus our thoughts on how to prevent start line problems. Mentioned our previous podcast on start lines our series of articles on start line training Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. SubscribeClick here to read the full article →
4/16/201330 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 33: 2013 AKC National Agility Championship Wrap-Up

In this episode (42:40) We break down the results of the 2013 AKC National Agility Championship and talk about your favorite dogs and handlers. Mentioned The 2013 AKC National Agility Championship in Tulsa, Ok The courses and results. Video on Demand by Agility Vision. Our Coach’s Eye video analysis of Pace vs Solar in theClick here to read the full article →
3/22/201342 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 32: Improving Your Mental Game for Big Events

In this episode (29:34) We discuss how to separate your pre-run preparation into a “routine phase” and a “focus phase” in order to improve your performance at big events. Mentioned The 2013 AKC National Agility Championship in Tulsa, Ok Watch the AKC NAC Finals live at Agility Vision. The finals are free (sponsored by theClick here to read the full article →
3/12/201329 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 31: How Does Internationalization Impact Dog Agility?

Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here In this episode (30:45) Director of AKC Agility Carrie DeYoung joins us as we discuss the concept of internationalization as it applies to dog agility. Mentioned This podcast is part of DogClick here to read the full article →
3/6/201330 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 30: Analyzing Mistakes and a Look at Systems

Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here In this episode (31:06) We discuss how to identify and fix errors in your execution, gaps in your dog’s understanding, and flaws in your own system of handling. Mentioned We have beenClick here to read the full article →
2/20/201331 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 29: 2013 AKC National Agility Championship Preview

In this episode (46:23) We crunched the numbers for every single dog entered in the upcoming AKC National Agility Championship. Data comes from the qualifying period for this event (12/1/2011 – 11/30/2012) and reveals several interesting trends discussed in the podcast. Don’t miss our wrap-up where we break down the results and discuss your favoriteClick here to read the full article →
2/8/201346 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 28: Training with Toys

In this episode (27:05) We discuss training with toys in agility. Is your toy a lure, a reward, or a distraction? Mentioned Best in Show and the ridiculously funny Busy Bee scene. Episode 10: Training with Food; Training with a Clicker Agility Right from the Start photo by: Ellen Levy Finch Sponsor AdvoAgility AdvoAgility specializesClick here to read the full article →
1/31/201327 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 27: “Off Breed” Dogs in Agility

In this episode (32:13) What does it mean to compete with an “off breed” dog in agility? And why do we even make the distinction? Mentioned September 2012 Dog Agility Blogger Action Day What makes a good coach/instructor? Episode 14: Agility Instructors, They’re G-r-r-reat! Our Rottweiler Sammie running in the Challenge Round at AKC Nationals.Click here to read the full article →
1/23/201332 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 26: Eight Methods to Get Rid of Unwanted Behavior

In this episode (31:18) In her book “Don’t Shoot the Dog”, Karen Pryor shares eight methods that you can use to get rid of unwanted behavior. We talk through these eight methods and how they might be used to address agility related problems. Mentioned Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and TrainingClick here to read the full article →
1/16/201331 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 25: Secrets to Super Agility Performance – Part 2

In this episode (29:12) This is a continuation of our discussion about how you can analyze key areas of your training to help improve how easily and quickly your dog learns. In part 1, we discussed the effect of good timing and defining clear criteria. In this podcast, we discuss the effect of the rateClick here to read the full article →
12/14/201229 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 24: Interview with Silvia Trkman

In this episode (27:56) We talk to Silvia Trkman about Running Contacts, creating and maintaining speed, and dog training in general. Mentioned Silvia Trkman’s Online Classes at LoLaBu Land Experience Running Contacts that Make you Smile! – a new DVD by Silvia available for instant purchase and download Sponsor AdvoAgility AdvoAgility specializes in health andClick here to read the full article →
11/20/201227 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 23: Interview with 2013 FCI South African Organizing Committee

In this episode (29:39) We talk to South African Organizing Committee members Gaby Grohovaz and Richard Wright about the 2013 FCI World Agility Championship. We discuss the venue, surface, and equipment as well as quarantine issues and import requirements. Mentioned Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the 2013 FCI World Agility Championship in South Africa 2013Click here to read the full article →
11/6/201229 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 22: Secrets to Super Agility Performance – Part 1

In this episode (27:18) Regardless of handling system, contact method, or jumping program, improving your timing of reinforcement and defining clear criteria can help you troubleshoot problems in your performance. We discuss several of the more common issues in agility, including dropped bars, contact obstacle performance, dogs that slow down, and handler focused dogs. MentionedClick here to read the full article →
10/31/201227 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 21: Day 4 Wrap-Up of the FCI WAC

In this episode (35:40) A quick un-edited podcast wrap-up of day 4 of the 2012 FCI World Agility Championship. We discuss the final Individual runs and placements for all three heights at the 2012 FCI World Agility Championship. Mentioned The 2012 FCI World Agility Championship official site. The 2012 FCI World Agility Championship results siteClick here to read the full article →
10/8/201235 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 20: Day 3 Wrap-Up of the FCI WAC

In this episode (29:45) A quick un-edited podcast wrap-up of day 3 of the 2012 FCI World Agility Championship. We discuss the final World Team placements for the Small Dog Team event and take a look at where the Small, Medium and Large dogs ended up after Individual Jumpers. Mentioned The 2012 FCI World AgilityClick here to read the full article →
10/6/201229 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 19: Day 2 Wrap-Up of the FCI WAC

In this episode (30:03) A quick semi-edited podcast wrap-up of day 2 of the 2012 FCI World Agility Championship. We discuss the final World Team placements for the Large and Medium classes and take a look at where the Small Dog Teams sit after one round. Mentioned The 2012 FCI World Agility Championship official site.Click here to read the full article →
10/6/201230 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 18: Day 1 Wrap-Up of the FCI WAC

In this episode (12:24) A quick un-edited podcast wrap-up of day 1 of the 2012 FCI World Agility Championship. Mentioned The 2012 FCI World Agility Championship official site. Course, Team Jumping – Large Results, Team Jumping – Large Ketschker Day 2 Wrap-Up Podcast, Preview Episode Video Streaming provided by: AgilityVision. Ways to Listen Subscribe toClick here to read the full article →
10/4/201212 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 17: FCI World Agility Championship Preview

In this episode (19:47) We give a short preview of every country competing in the 2012 FCI World Agility Championship. Mentioned The 2012 FCI World Agility Championship official site. EO2012 Silvia Trkman & Bu(1st) vs. Polona Bonac & Kiša(2nd) Large Dog Final Overlay Video Day 2 Wrap-Up Podcast, Day 1 Wrap-Up Podcast Video Streaming providedClick here to read the full article →
9/27/201219 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 16: Kathy Sdao Interview – Part 2

In this episode (37:34) This is a continuation of our interview with Kathy Sdao. Click Here for Part 1. We talk about setting speed as your criteria, differential rewards, and Kathy’s new book Plenty in Life is Free. Mentioned Clicker Expo Eva Bertilsson & Emelie Johnson Vegh and their book Agility Right from the StartClick here to read the full article →
9/19/201237 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 15: Kathy Sdao Interview – Part 1

In this episode (32:11) We welcome Kathy Sdao to the podcast. Time to talk science, operant conditioning, classical conditioning, and cuing. This is part 1 of the interview, you can listen to part 2 here. Mentioned Clicker Expo The four quadrants of Operant Conditioning. What is a Venn diagram? Wonk : a person preoccupied withClick here to read the full article →
9/14/201232 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 14: Agility Instructors, They’re G-r-r-reat!

In this episode (15:54) We discuss what makes a good coach/instructor as part of Dog Agility Blogger Action Day. Mentioned September 2012 Dog Agility Blogger Action Day and Agility Nerd Our article for the previous Dog Agility Blogger Action Day: Attitude: You, Your Dog, and Chuck E. Cheese Sponsors Course Walker Walk your course beforeClick here to read the full article →
9/5/201215 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 13: The Agility Calendar Girls

In this episode (16:26) Special guests Katie Long and Cat Clark join the podcast to talk about their scandalous charity project: The 2013 Agility Girls Calendar! Mentioned NON-U.S. Agility Girls Calendar PreOrder U.S. Agility Girls Calendar PreOrder Cat Clark photography Sponsor AdvoAgility AdvoAgility specializes in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performanceClick here to read the full article →
8/29/201216 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 12: Interview with Greg and Laura Derrett

In this episode (45:06) Special guests Greg and Laura Derrett join the podcast to discuss Great Britian’s FCI World Team selection, the differences between agility in the US and overseas, handling systems, UKA, UKI, and their online seminars through Ultimate Agility. Mentioned Ultimate Course Analysis and Ultimate Agility UKA and UKI Sponsor AdvoAgility AdvoAgility specializesClick here to read the full article →
8/22/201245 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 11: The Rear Cross

In this episode (20:03) Today’s podcast is all about the rear cross. Pros, Cons, and a dash of execution. Mentioned 2012 European Open Livestream Bad Dog Agility: Comparison of Handler Paths of Rear Crosses Sponsor AdvoAgility AdvoAgility specializes in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performance for the human half of yourClick here to read the full article →
8/16/201220 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 10: Training with Food; Training with a Clicker

In this episode (23:57) Training Tip: Use food effectively in your agility training with several different methods. Agility Topic: We discuss how the use of the clicker has evolved in agility training. Mentioned Udder Tug Toy Agility Right from the Start Silvia Trkman Sponsor AdvoAgility AdvoAgility specializes in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energyClick here to read the full article →
8/3/201223 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 9: Course Walking Tip; Learning from other Dog Sports

In this episode (21:10) Training Tip: Walk the course from your dog’s point of view. Agility Topic: What can we learn from trainers in other dog sports? We discuss the influence that Obedience, Schutzhund, and Clicker Training has had on our training. Mentioned Kim Donnell and Waggin’ Tails Dog Training Watch Sarah walk the course. DogwoodClick here to read the full article →
7/29/201221 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 8: Using a Camcorder in Training; Heat Stroke & Water Intoxication

In this episode (24:10) Training Tip: Use a camcorder in practice to help improve your timing. Agility Topic: Dr Brittany Schaezler joins us to discuss the symptoms of heat stroke and water intoxication in agility dogs as well as what to do if your dog is affected. Mentioned The camcorder we bought twice and love (andClick here to read the full article →
7/7/201224 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 7: Daisy Peel Interview on Mental Management

In this episode (38:59) Special guest Daisy Peel joins the podcast to discuss mental management and its role in agility training and competition. Mentioned Daisy Peel’s book, live seminars, and classes on mental management Lanny Bassham’s With Winning in Mind, and Freedom Flight – The Origins of Mental Power; both available on Kindle Our collectiveClick here to read the full article →
6/22/201238 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 6: CCL Injuries and TPLO

In this episode (43:04) Special guests Brittany Schaezler and Jackie Bludworth join the podcast to discuss cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries and the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgical option. Mentioned Brittany Schaezler “Agility Vet” 2010 NAC Pete Linda Mecklenburg’s Jumping Program Susan Salo’s Jumping Program Cavalettis Peanut Therapy Balls Ways to Listen Subscribe toClick here to read the full article →
6/9/201243 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 5: Nancy Gyes and Carrie DeYoung Interview

In this episode (39:52) Special guests Nancy Gyes, AKC World Team Coach, and Carrie DeYoung, AKC Director of Agility discuss the recently announced 2012 AKC World Agility Team. Mentioned 2012 FCI Agility World Championship 2012 World Agility Team AKC page USA World Agility Team Facebook page Buy an awesome Team USA Supporter Shirt Contact NancyClick here to read the full article →
5/25/201239 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 4: Short Sessions; Agility Spectators

In this episode (11:08) Training Tip: Keep your sessions short. (Say that 10 times fast!) News Topic: We discuss agility as a spectator sport. Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here (Right Click and Save As…)
5/17/201211 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 3: Start Line Stays; Online Agility Classes

In this episode (13:56) Training Tip: Taking start lines out of your agility training. News Topic: Five tips to help you pick an online agility course. Mentioned Introduce Our Next Podcast! Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here (Right Click and Save As…)
5/11/201213 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 2: AKC World Agility Team Tryouts

Enjoy a special episode dedicated to the AKC World Agility Team tryouts. In this episode (46:27) Mini Dogs at time: 01:24 Sarah and Brittany Midi Dogs at time: 08:46 Brittany and Esteban Maxi Dogs at time: 24:42 Esteban and Sarah Mentioned 2012 AKC World Agility Team tryouts AKC Agility Results agilityvet.com Ways to Listen SubscribeClick here to read the full article →
5/8/201246 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 1: Using a Crate During Training

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Bad Dog Agility podcast. In this episode (14:06) Training Tip: A crate can be a very useful tool for dog agility training in a class or at home. News Topic: The upcoming 2012 AKC Agility World Team tryouts. Mentioned Dog Crates (free shipping) 2012 AKC Agility World TeamClick here to read the full article →
5/3/201214 minutes, 6 seconds