Bad Dog Agility Podcast (general)

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast203.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast202.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:24am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast201.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast200.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast199.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast198.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast197.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21am CDT

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”.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast196.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast195.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast194.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast193.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast192.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast191.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast190.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast189.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast188.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast187.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:06pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast186.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast185.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53pm CDT

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.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am CDT

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast2018WestminsterSpecial1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast184.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:43pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast183.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast182.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast181.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:26pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast180.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast179.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26am CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast178.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18pm CDT

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast162.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:02am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:49pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:36pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm CDT

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.

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Flow is Flow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I96EZ3203-Q

Direct download: BDAPodcast152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:43pm CDT

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

Direct download: BDAPodcast151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm CDT

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

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.

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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.

Mentioned

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mentioned

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

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

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm CDT

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)
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Direct download: BDAPodcast137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:02am CDT

In this episode (19:28)

In this podcast, we discuss how priming your dog can improve your agility performance at a trial.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5InZ0V82AkA

Direct download: BDAPodcast134.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm CDT

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.
 
Direct download: BDAPodcast133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm CDT

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.

Direct download: BDAPodcast132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:02pm CDT

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.

Direct download: BDAPodcast130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:03pm CDT

In this episode (14:44)

In this podcast, we identify key areas where you may lose your connection with your dog on course.

Direct download: BDAPodcast129.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast127.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast123.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59am CDT

In this episode (14:27)

In this podcast, Sarah applies the concept of debugging to dog agility.

Direct download: BDAPodcast122.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am CDT

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/

Direct download: BDAPodcast121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast118.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am CDT

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 ;-) )

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Direct download: BDAPodcast116.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:53pm CDT

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).

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Direct download: BDAPodcast115.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast114.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am CDT

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.

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Medal Count by Country

Slovenia: 8
Switzerland: 7
Italy: 6
Czech Republic: 5
Slovakia: 5
Sweden: 4
France: 3
Germany: 3
Great Britain: 3
Austria: 2
Belgium: 2
Poland: 2
Brazil: 1
Lithuania: 1
Russia: 1
USA: 1

Direct download: BDAPodcast113.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am CDT

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.

Direct download: BDAPodcast111.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast110.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm CDT

In this episode (22:49)

In this podcast, we discuss the role that theory and intuition play in agility training and handling.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast109.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast108.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:23pm CDT

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.

 

Direct download: BDAPodcast107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast106.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm CDT

In this episode (32:00)

We discuss how entitlement can affect our training and negatively impact the team selection process for international events.

 

Direct download: BDAPodcast105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm CDT

In this episode (18:35)

We discuss how challenging your dog can actually build understanding and confidence, which turn to speed and drive.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast104.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm CDT

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!

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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.”

Direct download: BDAPodcast103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast102.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm CDT

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

Watch Esteban and Gitchi Run the 2015 Crufts International Finals Course

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCbGuFv9FKk

Direct download: BDAPodcast101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast100.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast99.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm CDT

In this episode (16:09)

Improve your training by taking the time to reset your dog properly after a mistake.

 

Direct download: BDAPodcast98.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

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!

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Direct download: BDAPodcast97.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:34pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast96.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm CDT

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)

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Direct download: BDAPodcast95.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm CDT

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!

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Direct download: BDAPodcast94.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast93.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm CDT

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.

excelClick Here to see the ranking spreadsheet (version 1.0).

 

Direct download: BDAPodcast92.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast91.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast90.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast89.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm CDT

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.

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Enjoy this video of Brittany Schaezler’s sheltie Ticket!

 

 

Direct download: BDAPodcast88.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast87.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast86.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast85.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:49pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast84.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:55pm CDT

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.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast83.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14am CDT

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.

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  • We have an app!!! Download our free IOS or Android app today. It’s the easiest way to listen to the podcast!
Direct download: BDAPodcast82.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

In this episode (25:45)

We discuss the challenges of training by yourself and give you some helpful tips.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast81.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:28am CDT

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.

Direct download: BDAPodcast80.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49pm CDT

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!

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Direct download: BDAPodcast79.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am CDT