August 2014

Viewing Your Agility Dog’s AKC Points and Double Q’s for Free thumbnail

Many AKC competitors don't realize that they can view their dog's title progression for free on the AKC website. This video will walk you through the process. Best viewed in HD and Full Screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i0ked2Bo3c Click this link to go straight to the points and awards screen.

Episode 68: Innovation in Dog Agility Training thumbnail

In this episode, we talk about questioning aspects of your own agility training and creating mini-innovations to get more out of each training session with your agility dog.   article on Chip Kelly's influence on the NFL Back on Track Dog agility is a demanding sport and can be difficult on the body, both the

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The Last Inch: Closing the Weave Poles thumbnail

With both the 2x2 method and the channel method, you ultimately get to a point where you are going from offset (by just an inch or less!) to inline. Many dogs and trainers struggle with this final step in the process. I have seen many dogs with near 100% success with one inch offset poles,

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Episode 67: Reflections on Weave Pole Training thumbnail

We discuss the strengths of various weave pole methods as we revisit weave training with our novice dogs. Susan Garrett's 2x2 Method FlashPaws Silvia Trkman's Weaves DVD Agility Right from the Start Back on Track Dog agility is a demanding sport and can be difficult on the body, both the dog's and the human's! Back

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Episode 66: The Decline of AKC’s Novice A Class thumbnail

We discuss the decline of the AKC Novice A class and what we can do to grow our sport. our post: The Growth of AKC Games our post: The Growth of AKC Preferred and ILP/PAL over 10 Years our post: How Has AKC Agility Grown Over the Past 10 Years? our post comparing agility to

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How Has AKC Agility Grown Over the Past 10 Years? thumbnail

Don't miss podcast #66 where we discuss these trends and what we think they mean for the growth of our sport.

Episode 65: Recognizing Artificial Limitations thumbnail

We discuss the psychology of the fixed vs growth mindsets and some thoughts on recognizing your own fixed mindset tendencies. Carol Dweck's book "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" Our previous post: How Your Mindset Affects Your Agility Performance Back on Track Dog agility is a demanding sport and can be difficult on the body,

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The Growth of AKC Preferred and ILP/PAL over 10 Years thumbnail

By following the green JWW Masters box, we can see that the Preferred class experienced growth even without the addition of FAST in 2007 and Time 2 Beat in 2011. These two classes accelerated that growth trend. The ILP/PAL program continues to grow. Note that these numbers are based on qualifying runs rather than entries

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The Growth of AKC Games thumbnail

FAST entries saw moderate growth from 2007-2011. The stacked chart shows a large Novice class and a small Masters class in the first year (as expected) and over a few years developing into a large Masters class. The reduction of entries in 2012 and 2013 is most likely due to the addition of Time 2

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