March 2015

A Look at Qualification Rate by Height thumbnail

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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While there are many different aspects to the “mental game” in dog agility, the most useful concept for you to understand and use at any big event is visualization, the act of mentally rehearsing the performance that both you and your dog will deliver on course. The walk through is essentially an exercise in visualization.

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Episode 93: The New AKC Premier Class is Coming thumbnail

Director of AKC Agility Carrie DeYoung joins us to outline the differences between the International Sweepstakes Class (ISC) and the Premier Class being offered at this year’s AKC National Agility Championship. She also has additional information about the challenges presented, titling possibilities, and timeline for this new class. The 2015 AKC National Agility Championship. Our

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How to Make the Finals at AKC Nationals thumbnail

In our 2015 AKC National Agility Championship Preview podcast, we emphasized that you do not have to be at the top of the rankings to have a legitimate chance of making the Finals. Finishing with three clean runs is critical, as the vast majority of finalists will have accomplished this--emphasizing consistency over absolute speed. The

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Episode 92: 2015 AKC National Agility Championship Preview thumbnail

The Bad Dog Agility PowerScore ranking for the AKC National Agility Championship is back! We crunched the numbers for every single dog entered in the upcoming AKC National Agility Championship. Data comes from the qualifying period for this event (12/1/2013 - 11/30/2014). We discuss the top dogs, the statistical trends from last year to this

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Episode 91: Dog Agility at Crufts thumbnail

Crufts, the largest dog show in the world, took place this past weekend. In this podcast, we talk about the coverage, courses, and competitors. Our previous podcast on Westminster Agility Agility at Crufts Video: International Invitational - Large Finals (course map) Video: Championship Finals (course map) Holistic Select We’ve been feeding Holistic Select's Lamb Meal

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International Challenge: The Holmberg Double thumbnail

Peter Holmberg, an agility judge from Norway, unleashed his "Holmberg Double" on small height competitors at a trial in Drammen, Norway this past weekend (focus on jumps #6 and #7): First, please note that while 120 cm (4 feet) puts the jumps very close together, the sequence can be handled as if the second jump

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Episode 90: Strength and Conditioning with Guest Robby Porter thumbnail

Today is Dog Agility Blogger Action Day and the topic is "health and well being". In this podcast we're joined by Robby Porter to talk about strength, conditioning and body awareness for your canine athlete. Visit the Dog Agility Blogger Action Day page to see what others have written on the topic of "Health and

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