Bad Dog Agility Podcast

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 CST

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”.

Mentioned/Related

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

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.

Mentioned/Related

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

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 CST

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.

Mentioned/Related

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

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.

Mentioned/Related

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

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.

Mentioned/Related

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

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 CST

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.

Mentioned/Related

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

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.

Mentioned/Related

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