Bad Dog Agility Podcast (general)

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:19am CDT

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.
Direct download: BDAPodcast171.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:52pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast170.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast169.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast168.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast166.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm CDT

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.
Direct download: BDAPodcast165.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast164.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast163.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:49pm CDT