2013

This weekend, the 2013 AKC Agility Invitational will take place in beautiful Orlando, Florida. The top 5 dogs in each breed are invited to compete, making the Invitational a wonderful celebration that showcases the amazing diversity of dog breeds that compete in AKC agility. This competition has grown in popularity since it's inception in 2006,

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Episode 43: Susan Garrett Interview on Positive Training and Handling Systems thumbnail

Susan Garrett joins the podcast to discuss positive dog training, her recent adjustments to her own system of handling, and her upcoming projects. In typical Susan Garrett fashion, she pushed us outside of our comfort zone and requested a video interview! You can listen to the podcast or watch the video. Susan Garrett's Blog Say

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Carol Dweck's book "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" describes two basic mindsets: fixed and growth. From the accompanying website: "In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that

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Bad Dog Agility and AgilityNerd: Where Amazing Happens thumbnail

Steve Schwarz over at Agility Nerd has designed a great practice course based on the 2013 IFCS Championship of the Americas Biathlon Jumping course. Sarah and I agreed to analyze the course, run it, analyze our run, and include a link to Steve's analysis in our post. In his blog, Steve notes that he has

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When do Agility Dogs Peak? thumbnail

The topic for this Dog Agility Blogger Action Day is aging, and we are focusing on the natural trajectory of a dog’s speed over a career. We selected several fast, consistent, notable golden retrievers from the past and present and plotted their yards-per-second (YPS) in jumpers with weaves (JWW) over time. Susie (Jane Simmons-Moake) -

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Episode 42: The Internet, Dog Agility, and You thumbnail

In this podcast we discuss how to use social media and the internet to improve your dog agility. Our Previous Podcast on Online Agility Classes Our Previous Podcast on Using a Camcorder in Training Dog Agility Blogger Action Day (the next one is next week!) How to ensure Facebook notifies you of new posts by

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AKC NAC 2014: Who Benefits From the Qualification Change? thumbnail

We limited this analysis to the 20 inch class to determine who benefits most from the qualification changes from 2013 to 2014 for the AKC National Agility Championship. This first chart shows the 20 inch dogs who qualified for the 2013 AKC NAC. The red points indicate dogs who would NOT have qualified had the

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Episode 41: Janita, Jaakko and the One Mind System thumbnail

Janita Leinonen and Jaakko Suoknuuti join the podcast to talk about the One Mind agility handling system. In addition to being the originator of the system, Janita just returned from winning large dog individual gold at the 2013 European Open. Janita's Winning run at the 2013 European Open One Mind Dogs One Mind Promotional Video

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AKC NAC 2014: More Showing Needed To Qualify? thumbnail

In our last post, we showed how the change in the qualifying requirements for entry into the 2014 National Agility Championship (NAC) affected the number of dogs who qualify and the average speed of those dogs. In this post, we'll take a look at how the qualification changes affect the number of shows a typical

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