Bad Dog Agility Podcast

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).


Direct download: BDAPodcast150.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am CDT

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.


Direct download: BDAPodcast149.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm CDT

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.


Direct download: BDAPodcast148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am CDT

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.


Direct download: BDAPodcast147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm CDT

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.


Direct download: BDAPodcast146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:51pm CDT

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.

Direct download: BDAPodcast145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm CDT

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.



Direct download: BDAPodcast144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm CDT

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.


Direct download: BDAPodcast143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:08pm CDT

This is an excerpt from episode 12, taped in August of 2012.  The relevance to the recent removal of the chute is striking.

Direct download: BDAPodcast12Excerpt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm CDT

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


Direct download: BDAPodcast142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:35pm CDT