October 2015

Episode 115: Three Aspects of Agility Training thumbnail

In this podcast, we discuss how the sport of dog agility involves much more than just handling. This is the first in a series of four podcasts targeting beginner agility handlers (and the instructors who coach them). Our previous podcast: Episode 63: A Newcomer’s Guide to Handling Systems Episode 117: Drive for Agility (Three Aspects

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Episode 114: Interview with Newest World Champion Pavol Vakonič thumbnail

In this podcast, 2015 FCI Agility World Champion Pavol Vakonič shares his thoughts on training with his wife, his dogs, and his mental focus before his gold and silver medal runs. Overlay video of Fiona and Ikea: Agility, and Jumping 2015 Agility World Championships Results and Course Maps Back on Track Dog agility is a

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Episode 113: 2015 FCI Agility World Championship Wrap-up thumbnail

In this podcast we discuss the results of the 2015 FCI Agility World Championship as well as our own thoughts and impressions of the event. 2015 Agility World Championships Results and Course Maps Fantastic Record of FCI Medalists from Past Years Slovenia: 8 Switzerland: 7 Italy: 6 Czech Republic: 5 Slovakia: 5 Sweden: 4 France:

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MORE Handling Practice with Two Jumps thumbnail

Here's a second two jump exercise to test your handling and your dog's jumping (click here for our original two jump exercise). The perpendicular jumps did result in a few more knocked bars initially as they created more sliced approaches, often with pressure. I ended up with a 9 obstacle sequence that uses only 2

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Episode 112: How to Run Agility Like a World Champion thumbnail

In this podcast we discuss why it's important to move on to the next part of the course as soon as your dog is committed to an obstacle. 2015 Agility World Championships Order the Livestream Episode 70: Five Tips for For Watching the FCI Agility World Championship Our video analysis case study of Rosanne DeMascio

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Handling Practice with Two Jumps thumbnail

Recently, I designed a sequence that I could use to test my dog's ability to keep up 26" jumps with a variety of handling. I specifically wanted a sequence that I could set up quickly and easily for "work for your dinner" practice. I ended up with a 9 obstacle sequence that uses only 2

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Episode 111: The Myth of the Ring-Wise Dog thumbnail

Have you been told you have a ring-wise dog? In this podcast we discuss why we believe that most dogs labelled "ring-wise" actually aren't, and why this is a very good things for agility competitors. Back on Track Dog agility is a demanding sport and can be difficult on the body, both the dog's and

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