The “Power 60 for 2016 – Through Q1″ revealed that only 4 dogs had enough qualifying scores in the 26″ class to be ranked (the ranking requires at least 5 JWW and 5 Standard Qs). Though the ranking includes only the first three months of 2016, there were more than 10 dogs that met the qualifying threshold during the same time period in 2015. Let’s take a look at the entire 10-year history of the 26″ class in AKC agility below:

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26″ entries are at an all-time low. Note that in 2013, the FCI Agility World Championship was held in South Africa, and the AKC decided to fund a team for the European Open instead.

For comparison, here are the entries for the other height classes during the same time period. The heights trend together—but not with the 26″ class (compare the chart below to the chart above).

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Looking at the percent change from the previous year, we see that the 26″ class has always been volatile. However, this year marks a dramatic 40% drop in entries superimposed on the two-year drop in entries across all heights. In addition, the 26″ decline actually began in 2010, so there appears to be more at work here than the international trend of dropping 26″ to 24″ at major competitions.

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Episode 131: Free Your Agility Dog

April 27, 2016
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In this episode (23:16) In this episode, we discuss how to make the agility field a mistake-free paradise for your dog, filled with rewards and enthusiasm. Mentioned Episode 117: Drive for Agility (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 2) Episode 49: Using Differential Rewards Dogs That Split the Difference Ways to Listen Download the App

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The Bad Dog Agility Power 60 for 2016 – Through Q1

April 26, 2016
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The Power 60 is a group of the top 10 dogs in each of the 6 AKC Agility height classes (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″, 24″, and 26″) ranked by PowerScore. The Power 60 recognizes the fastest dogs in our sport by using average yards per second, rather than double qualifying (QQ) runs or points. Learn

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The Bad Dog Agility Preferred Power 60 for 2016 – Through Q1

April 26, 2016
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The Preferred Power 60 is a group of the top 12 dogs in each of the 5 Preferred AKC Agility height classes (4″, 8″, 12″, 16″, and 20″) ranked by PowerScore. The Power 60 recognizes the fastest dogs in our sport by using average yards per second, rather than double qualifying (QQ) runs or points.

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Episode 130: How to Reward Your Dog Before and After Their Run

April 20, 2016
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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. Ways to Listen Download the App Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Download the MP3 File Here Sponsor Back on

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Was the 20” Class at 2016 AKC NAC Actually Faster Than Previous Years?

April 18, 2016
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In our Side by Side: Hops vs Gitchi article, we compared the two fastest times of all dogs at any height running in the AKC finals and specifically stated that the 20”class was the toughest 20” field seen in several years. During the finals livestream, commentators Sarah Fernandezlopez and John Nys both noted that the

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Episode 129: The Connection Paradigm

April 9, 2016
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In this episode (14:44) In this podcast, we identify key areas where you may lose your connection with your dog on course. Ways to Listen Download the App Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad. Download the MP3 File Here Sponsor Back on Track Dog agility is a demanding sport and can be

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What’s Your Bread and Butter Agility Move?

April 8, 2016
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Mine is deceleration. I contrast my acceleration with deceleration, and combine deceleration mostly with front crosses and rear crosses to create fast lines for my dog while controlling turns. I reviewed all of my runs from this year’s Westminster (3 runs) and AKC nationals (5 runs) and categorized all of my moves. Thus, in the

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Handling Exercises for 2016 AKC Nationals #18 Choice

April 7, 2016
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Try these four handling variations for this exercise based on the #18 choice at the 2016 AKC National Agility Championship. Full Loop Wrap (4.46 seconds) – the most popular choice at the event, but may be the slower option Forced Front Cross (4.06 seconds) – creates the s-path, requires getting to the take off side

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