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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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The 20 Foot Trap

April 22, 2015

In our last podcast, we discussed the subtle trap that a greater than expected distance poses to an experienced dog. We devised the following exercise to test whether or not our dogs were using an expected distance between obstacles to predict their path on course. In our training group, we ran this exercise with 2

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Episode 96: The Challenge of Transitioning to International Coursework

April 15, 2015
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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. Mentioned YOU can introduce the podcast! Our National Agility Championship Wrap-Up Podcast livestream of the Finals round (watch for rear

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Athleticism and Bar Knocking

April 14, 2015
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In the slow motion videos below, my border collie Venture demonstrates a wrap at 26″ while Brittany Schaezler’s sheltie Trek takes a wrap at 14″. Note how both dogs maneuver each individual leg to avoid knocking the bar down. Jumping requires concentration, coordination, strength and energy. If your dog is not properly conditioned, he may

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Episode 95: Interview with the 2015 26″ National Agility Champion Desiree Snelleman

April 7, 2015
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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) Mentioned The 2015 AKC National Agility Championship. Team Handball! Desiree Snelleman’s Coaching Website Donate to

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CKC Practice Sequences

April 6, 2015
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There are 4 weeks left before the American Kennel Club International Team Tryouts in Minnesota, so over the next months, we’re going to share some of the handling that we’re reviewing in preparation for the event. Esteban reverse engineered this jumpers course from a video taken at the Canadian Kennel Club tryouts that took place

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Episode 94: 2015 AKC National Agility Championship Wrap-Up

April 2, 2015
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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! Mentioned The 2015 AKC National Agility Championship. Episode 92: 2015 AKC National Agility Championship Preview Episode 85: Have We Solved the Game of Agility? livestream with commentary of

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Why We Call a Backside a 270

April 2, 2015
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During our live commentary of the AKC National Agility Championship Challengers round, we often referred to jump #15 as a 270. This annoyed some listeners (and may have confused others). In this video, Sarah outlines how we arrived at this potentially confusing state of affairs.  

A Look at Qualification Rate by Height

March 26, 2015
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In a previous post, we looked at the differences in speed across the American Kennel Club jump heights. In this post, we look at differences in qualifying rate between heights”. The table and charts below are based on all Regular Masters runs from 1/1/2014 to 1/1/2015. The histogram charts below show the distribution of qualifying

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