Bad Dog Agility Podcast (general)

In this episode (46:42)

All information is researched but not exhaustive and not reviewed by an outside expert. Although Esteban is a licensed physician, this is NOT medical advice → you should get medical advice specific to your situation and health from your doctor, not from us or this podcast.

Why Should We Wear Masks?

Study came out 3 weeks ago titled “Universal Masking is Urgent in the COVID-19 Pandemic:SEIR and Agent Based Models, Empirical Validation, Policy Recommendations”

  • The authors (who are from Hong Kong, UK, France and Finland) compared countries with high levels of mask-wearing to ones with low levels. Using computer modeling and real-world data, they found masks could reduce transmission.
  • The study concluded that if 80% of the population wore masks, there would be more than a 90% drop in infection rates.

Etiquette and Politics Concerning Masks

  • Wearing a mask does not give sick people permission to attend a trial.
  • Allergies and upper respiratory infections can look similar, don’t assume the best case (that you have allergies). Instead, assume you are sick and stay home.
  • Risk tolerance is key, but this is subjective and based on personal risk factors. However, understand that you will likely be unhappy for two different reasons:
    • Either you feel that there are not enough rules in place (and/or too many violations) so that you don’t feel comfortable being there because you fear getting the virus. If so, STAY HOME.
    • Or you feel that there are too many rules in place (and they are unnecessary) so that you don’t feel comfortable being there because people are upset with you for “bending” or breaking the rules. If so, STAY HOME.
  • Sample statement from AKC premium: “If you are concerned about the possibility of exposure to the coronavirus OR if you are unwilling to follow the states rules, it would be best if you did not enter this July trial.” Every personal situation is addressed by that statement.

CDC Guidelines

Who Should Wear?

  • People older than 2 years of age in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain

Who Should Not Wear?

  • Anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. In Esteban’s opinion, these people should not be at agility trials because they are at high risk for complications from coronavirus infection.

General Considerations

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
    • Comfort is important. Kap 7 masks 82% Polyester/18% elastane
    • Shopping time, you should have a mask for every day of the week, like underwear! Children require a smaller fit. Leave your children at home. Leave guests at home–don’t bring them to agility trials.
    • If it doesn’t fit well, especially around the nose, you will suck in unfiltered air from around your face.
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
    • PM2.5 N95 Activated Carbon Filter Mask Insert (100 for $100)
      • Blocks at least 95% of viruses as small as 0.3 microns
      • Virus even smaller but carried on droplets that are 5-10 microns
      • Thread count of 180 or better for materials like sheets/pillowcases
    • HEPA vacuum bags (hard to breathe)
    • NO A/C BAGS DUE TO FIBERGLASS
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
    • Ties are more adjustable than a rubber band behind the ear!
    • Metal to form the nose helps contour the mask to avoid gaps
  • Allow for breathing without restriction.
  • Remove very carefully, don’t touch the mask part, just touch the ties.
  • Be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape.
    • Air dry is okay, leave it in the sun if possible.
    • Hotter is better than colder for washing and drying.

Two situations for masks: low risk and high risk. Agility trials will be high risk. Crowded grocery stores are high risk. Walking outdoors alone is low risk. Use your filters and higher quality masks for higher risk situations and opt for comfort and no filters in low risk situations.

Special Dog Agility Considerations

  • Your dog’s comfort level with masks
  • Other dogs’ comfort level with masks
  • Difference in your voice
  • Difference in facial expression

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is deferring to clubs in that they should “consider recommending that exhibitors wear masks. Exhibitors should be able to run without a mask if they desire. Judges may wear masks at their discretion if not required by the club.” See the document here:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn-origin-etr.akc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/12160607/Agility-Covid-19-Suggested-Best-Practices.pdf

CPE Guidelines effective May 11:
http://www.k9cpe.com/premiums/covid19letter05112020.pdf
Philosophy: As dog sports are very “social”, we are choosing not to use the term“social distancing” rather refer to it as “physical distancing”.

MASKS: Masks are to be worn by anyone within the ring (building, walking, running, judging). Masks are up to the individual, club, local, state and government guidelines when not within the ring. Exhibitors who will be wearing masks will need to bring enough masks for the duration of the trial and dispose of single use masks properly.

Make sure your dog is ok with people wearing masks. We don’t want a dog becoming
fearful due to something they’ve never seen before.

From Esteban: We can come together as a community in order to save our sport and rebuild it in the coming years.

Resources:

Direct download: BDAPodcast255.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm CDT

In this episode (19:37)

In this episode, Sarah Baker joins the podcast to explain the difference between management and training, and how you should apply those concepts to addressing behaviors, from barking in the crate to missed weave pole entries.

You Will Learn

  • When you should “manage” and when you should “train”.
  • How good management protects your training.
  • Why management is not just for puppies.
  • How management can halt your progress in training.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:01pm CDT

In this episode (26:44)

In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss different learning patterns you may see in your training and how they affect your planning.

You Will Learn

  • Why you should not panic when things seem to fall apart in practice.
  • Why it may be important to keep things the same when your dog struggles.
  • How to recognize when you need a new training approach.

Mentioned/Related

Direct download: BDAPodcast253.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am CDT

In this episode (24:55)

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban help you integrate tugging into your agility training.

You Will Learn

  • The 5 aspects of tugging.
  • Why tugging has become more valuable in AKC agility.
  • How to overcome weaknesses in your tugging chain.
  • How to avoid a common mistake when using a second toy in retrieve work.
  • Where you can learn how to teach tugging to your dog or students.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm CDT

In this episode (28:00)

In this episode, the BDA crew shares some ideas for getting the most out of your online learning experience.

You Will Learn

  • How to find the right online classes to fill your needs.
  • How many courses you should take at the same time.
  • The pros and cons of Facebook classes.
  • What auditing and visualization have in common.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm CDT

In this episode (30:35)

In this podcast, we discuss the paradox of choice and the idea of “good enough” as a way to organize your dog agility training.

You Will Learn

  • How more choices can lead to less satisfaction.
  • Why perfectionism paralyzes you.
  • How you can use the concept of “good enough” to better you agility training and make difficult decisions.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm CDT

In this episode (20:34)

In this podcast, Anthony Clarke joins the podcast to talk about this week’s 4-day charity event called #AgilityRelief.

You Will Learn

  • Why Anthony created this 4-day event.
  • Which charities will be supported.
  • How the challenges are structured.
  • How podcast co-host Jennifer Crank will be involved.
  • How YOU can participate!

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The Competitors

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am CDT

In this episode (26:25)

In this podcast, we talk about how you can structure your training during this time of cancelled trials and group classes.

You Will Learn

  • Why you should give yourself permission to take time off right now.
  • How a daily schedule can help your mental state.
  • How you can shift from event based to skill based goals.
  • Why you may be facing overwhelm during this time.
  • Questions to ask yourself to help structure your priorities.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm CDT

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.

Mentioned/Related

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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.

Mentioned/Related

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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.

Mentioned/Related

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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)

Mentioned/Related

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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.

Mentioned/Related

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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.

Mentioned/Related

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.

Mentioned/Related

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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.

Mentioned/Related

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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.

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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”.

Mentioned/Related

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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.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm CDT

In this episode (26:15)

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban share some things they’ve learned from raising two puppies at the same time.

You Will Learn

  • how puppy personalities affect training
  • if fear periods are real
  • how puppies comunicate
  • why puppies are not small dogs
  • how dog people idealize previous dogs
Direct download: BDAPodcast235.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm CDT

In this episode (20:37)

In this episode, we discuss how to use non qualifying runs to improve your agility.

You Will Learn

  • Why taping non qualifying runs is important.
  • Why we set up problem sequences from trials as soon as possible.
  • How to use non qualifying runs to boost your confidence for future trials.
Direct download: BDAPodcast234.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm CDT

In this episode (54:57)

In this episode, Denise Fenzi returns to the podcast to talk about the common strategies that we use to help our dogs cope with distractions and anxiety-provoking situations in agility.

You Will Learn

  • the relationship between a dog’s emotional state and agility performance
  • how counterconditioning should work
  • why distraction training often fails
  • how to build your dog’s confidence

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

In this episode (56:52)

In this episode, Tamás Tráj joins the podcast to discuss course design, safety and international agility.

You Will Learn

  • How Tamás approaches course design.
  • Why Hungary added a 4th jump height.
  • What factors are influencing the possible addition of jump heights to FCI agility.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am CDT

In this episode (38:52)

Dr. Amy Cook joins Sarah and Esteban to talk about noise sensitivity in agility dogs. Dr. Cook earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and has been training dogs and dog trainers for 25 years. Part 2 of 2.

You Will Learn

  • Why agility dogs can be very sensitive to noises.
  • Common noises that often cause problems for agility dogs.
  • How to implement the solution to noise issues.
  • What type of conditioning you need to fix the problem.
  • How to “prehab” rather than “rehab” your agility dog.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:23am CDT

In this episode (35:32)

Dr. Amy Cook joins Sarah and Esteban to talk about noise sensitivity in agility dogs. Dr. Cook earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and has been training dogs and dog trainers for 25 years. Part 1 of 2.

You Will Learn

  • Why agility dogs can be very sensitive to noises.
  • Common noises that often cause problems for agility dogs.
  • How to implement the solution to noise issues.
  • What type of conditioning you need to fix the problem.
  • How to “prehab” rather than “rehab” your agility dog.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:51pm CDT

In this episode (54:19)

In this episode, Sarah Stremming joins the podcast to discuss dogs that are too worked up/high drive/over-aroused to perform in the agility ring.

You Will Learn

  • Signs of an overly worked up or over-aroused dog.
  • “Tag-along” behaviors often seen with these dogs.
  • How agility dogs today differ from previous generations with respect to arousal and prey/bite drive.
  • Solutions for working with the over-aroused dog.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:13pm CDT

In this episode (19:19)

In this episode, we interview four handlers who will be competing at the FCI Agility World Championship in Turku, Finland on September 19-22, 2019.

You Will Learn

  • Each handler’s history at the AWC.
  • What specific skills each handler has been working on to prepare for this event.
  • What trends have been identified from this year’s judges.

Mentioned/Related

Direct download: BDAPodcast228.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50am CDT

In this episode (23:53)

In this episode, we talk about the upcoming FCI Agility World Championship, and why you should watch it.

You Will Learn

  • Why people watch the AWC.
  • How to shop for you next dog at the AWC.
  • How course maps are distributed differently around the world.
  • The difference between the livestream and our “AWC Experience” online event.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm CDT

In this episode (20:07)

In this episode, Jennifer and Sarah talk about whether it is better to teach one skill until mastered, or to rotate skills.

You Will Learn

  • What skills we prefer to teach as quickly as possible once training begins.
  • How we use contrast training to test our dogs and train multiple skills at one time.
  • How to structure your training sessions to reduce mental and physical fatigue.

Mentioned/Related

Direct download: BDAPodcast226.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm CDT

In this episode (20:45)

Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban discuss how agility handlers can maximize their Return On Investment (ROI) in dog training.

You Will Learn

  • How you can use ROI to decide what skills to train in practice.
  • How to avoid a negative ROI.
  • How eliminating unnecessary training can help you get better, faster.
Direct download: BDAPodcast225.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am CDT

In this episode (27:29)

In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah and Esteban talk about success in the sport of dog agility: how do we define it and how do our perceptions of success influence our training and trialing?

You Will Learn

  • The difference between traditional and non-traditional definitions of success in agility.
  • How to define your own success in agility.
  • Why success should not equate to self-esteem.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm CDT

In this episode (35:19)

Dr. Schaezler joins the BDA podcast to prepare you and your dog for the dangers of summer, 2019 edition.

You will learn about the health impact of:

  • acute water intoxication
  • heat stroke
  • drinking puddles
  • drinking ocean water
  • chlorinated and salt water pools
  • hurricane prep
  • microchipping
  • encountering possums, raccoons, and cats
  • snake bites
  • eating dead or living rodents
  • hot sidewalks
  • thorns/foxtails
  • bee/wasp stings
  • thunderstorms

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:08pm CDT

In this episode (30:03)

Members of the Aces High Flyball Team that won Crufts join Sarah and Esteban to talk about breeding, raising, training, and competing with their dogs in the great sport of flyball.

You Will Learn

  • Traits that make great flyball dogs.
  • Why Whippets are gaining popularity as sport dogs.
  • Why flyball competitors value tugging.
  • How social media increased visibility for flyball around the world.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm CDT

In this episode (21:58)

In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer share six things you can do today to help your dogs that gets distracted or shuts down in training or trialing.

You Will Learn

  • How to increase your rate of reinforcement to keep your distracted dog engaged.
  • How a focus on transitions changed how Jennifer teaches live classes.
  • How to use different leashes to improve your crate to crate routine.
  • How to predict where your dog will become distracted on course.

Mentioned/Related

Direct download: BDAPodcast221.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm CDT

In this episode (36:12)

In this episode, Jennifer Crank shares her experience as the 16″ winner at the inaugural AKC Agility Premier Cup by EEM.

You Will Learn

  • How the event was run.
  • Who won the $10,000 prize pool.
  • What was in the VIP area for competitors.

Mentioned/Related

Direct download: BDAPodcast220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm CDT

In this episode (43:55)

In this episode, Sarah, Esteban and Jennifer share how they are using 8 tips to improve their attitudes in agility!

You Will Learn

  • Which specific actions to take when you’re having a bad day.
  • Why you should surround yourself with positive people.
  • The value of complimenting a stranger.
  • Why it’s important to give your instructor feedback.

Mentioned/Related

Direct download: BDAPodcast219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am CDT

In this episode (40:08)

In this episode, reigning AKC 20″ National Agility Champion Sarah Baker joins the podcast to talk about puppies!

You Will Learn

  • 3 tips for working with puppies
  • How to set your own expectations for your puppy
  • Why your dog may not actually be a reflection of your training

Mentioned/Related

Direct download: BDAPodcast218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:07pm CDT

In this episode (29:08)

In this episode, 2019 Crufts Championship Winner and British Open Winner Dan Shaw joins the podcast.

You Will Learn

  • How Dan got his start in agility.
  • How Geek got his name.
  • Why Dan values calm and thoughtful over frantic.
  • How Dan gets an amazing teeter performance.
  • Whether or not Dan’s next dog will have running contacts.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am CDT

In this episode (1:12:03)

In this episode, the 2019 AKC 20″ National Agility Champion Sarah Baker teams up with Jennifer and Esteban to bring you the wrap up for nationals!

You Will Learn

  • how many dogs have won multiple AKC nationals finals
  • the qualifying rate in finals over the past 3 years
  • how the 8″ class has changed over the past 3 years
  • how Jennifer Crank dealt with the disappointment of losing in Finals–twice
  • how Sarah Baker dealt with the pressure of running in Finals
  • why the 20″ Preferred winner was denied the national title by AKC
  • which groups of dogs have been given an unfair advantage by the AKC
  • what USDAA does better than the AKC

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm CDT

In this episode (22:33)

In this episode, AKC Director of Agility Carrie DeYoung stops by to talk about the AKC’s newest marquee event–the AKC Agility Premier Cup Presented by EEM.

You Will Learn

  • Why this event is happening.
  • Who was invited to compete and why.
  • How the event will be structured and run.
  • How the $10,000 prize pool will be distributed.
  • Plans for the future of this event.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm CDT

In this episode (20:02)

In this episode, Jennifer and Sarah address the differences between training a skill that encourages a thoughtful response from the dog and training a skill in a higher drive state.

You Will Learn

  • Why you need to recognize whether you are encouraging a thoughtful response or a more action-oriented response.
  • How to bridge the gap between thinking and action.
  • How to manipulate food to increase your dog’s drive for the reward.
  • How to manipulate toys to decrease your dog’s drive for the reward.

Mentioned/Related

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm CDT

In this episode (31:15)

In this podcast, Jennifer and Esteban interview Perry DeWitt, the Masters Agility Champion from this year’s Masters Agility Championship at Westminster.

You Will Learn

  • All about border collie Verb.
  • How Perry uses a strict visualization routine in agility.
  • Why Perry’s agility career was possibly delayed by 5 years.
  • The top 10 dogs registered in the AKC in 2017 and why it matters to dog agility.

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Watch Perry and Verb

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am CDT

In this episode (26:09)

In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah and Esteban address the question of whether or not agility handlers should use video analysis.

You Will Learn

  • How video review is different from video analysis.
  • How most people analyze videos today.
  • The relationship between video analysis and visualization.
  • Common barriers to video analysis

Mentioned/Related

Direct download: BDAPodcast212.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09pm CDT

In this episode (14:59)

In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban talk about the important of handling flexibility in dog agility.

You Will Learn

  • How handling flexibility can help you run better on course.
  • Two types of handling flexibility.
  • How to develop flexibility in training sessions.

Mentioned/Related

Direct download: BDAPodcast211.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm CDT

In this episode (33:35)

In this episode, the BDA team discusses goal setting for big agility events.

You Will Learn

  • The difference between a dream and a goal.
  • How to create goals based on a specific agility event.
  • Specific examples of goals from Jennifer and Esteban.
  • What to do with your goals after the event.

Mentioned/Related

Direct download: BDAPodcast210.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am CDT

In this episode (31:50)

In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban discuss the blind cross; the pros, the cons, and tips to avoid common mistakes.

You Will Learn

  • How the blind cross can help people who lose their place on course.
  • How the blind cross can help people with physical limitations.
  • Why blind crosses may require the handler to be further ahead than the front cross.
  • Two common mistakes to avoid when executing a blind cross.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am CDT

In this episode (38:39)

In this episode, Greg Fontaine shares how he has worked with the AKC to experiment with course design strategies aimed at providing better spacing for large dogs.

You Will Learn

  • What Greg was trying to achieve with his designs.
  • Two different course design strategies Greg used to provide additional yardage between jumps for large dogs.
  • How these changes were approved organizationally.
  • How these changes were handled logistically.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast208.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm CDT

In this episode (29:42)

In this podcast, FCI silver medalist Jennifer Crank interviews FCI gold medalist Martina Magnoli Klimešová.

You Will Learn

  • What skills and foundation Martina thinks are most important when working with puppies.
  • When Martina starts formal agility training.
  • How Martina approaches mental management.
  • How Martina keeps her dog competitive enough to win gold at 10.5 years old.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast207.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm CDT

In this episode (24:49)

In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss three key lessons from the Agility World Championship.

You Will Learn

  • How Jennifer’s preparation led to her individual silver medal.
  • How your preparation affects your mental management.
  • Why courses today require elite dog training AND handling.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast206.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm CDT

In this episode (23:05)

In this podcast, Jennifer, Sarah and Esteban give you practical tips for strengthening your dog’s contact obstacle performance.

You Will Learn

  • 5 tips for improving contact performance
  • When the color of your contact zone doesn’t matter
  • Common mistakes handlers make when practicing contacts
Direct download: BDAPodcast205.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:31pm CDT

In this episode (33:45)

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban discuss the concept of proofing, pointing out common misconceptions and explaining exactly how you should use proofing in your agility training.

You Will Learn

  • How to define proofing.
  • How to use proofing to your maximum advantage.
  • The most common misconception about proofing.
  • Why Americans don’t like the metric system.

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Direct download: BDAPodcast204.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am CDT

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.

Mentioned/Related

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.

Mentioned/Related

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”.

Mentioned/Related

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.

Mentioned/Related

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.

Mentioned/Related

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.

Mentioned/Related

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.

Mentioned/Related

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.

Mentioned/Related

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.

Mentioned/Related

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.

Mentioned/Related

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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Direct download: BDAPodcast2018WestminsterSpecial3.mp3
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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Direct download: BDAPodcast2018WestminsterSpecial2.mp3
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.

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

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

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.

Mentioned

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.

Mentioned

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