Bad Dog Agility Podcast (general)

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast177.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm CDT

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.
Direct download: BDAPodcast176.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12am CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast174.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:08pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast173.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am CDT

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