Bad Dog Agility Podcast

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast247.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast246.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:08pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast245.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm CDT

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)

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Direct download: BDAPodcast244.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm CDT

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.
Direct download: BDAPodcast243.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast242.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast241.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:23am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast240.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:53pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast239.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm CDT

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.

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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.

Direct download: BDAPodcast238.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm CDT

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”.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast237.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast236.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm CDT

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