April 2016

The Decline of the 26″ Class in AKC Agility thumbnail

The "Power 60 for 2016 – Through Q1" revealed that only 4 dogs had enough qualifying scores in the 26" class to be ranked (the ranking requires at least 5 JWW and 5 Standard Qs). Though the ranking includes only the first three months of 2016, there were more than 10 dogs that met the

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Episode 131: Free Your Agility Dog thumbnail

In this episode, we discuss how to make the agility field a mistake-free paradise for your dog, filled with rewards and enthusiasm. Episode 117: Drive for Agility (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 2) Episode 49: Using Differential Rewards Dogs That Split the Difference Back on Track Dog agility is a demanding sport and can

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Episode 130: How to Reward Your Dog Before and After Their Run thumbnail

In this episode, we discuss how to improve your dog's performance in the ring by shifting the bulk of your reinforcement to after your runs rather than before. 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 on Track specializes in

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Was the 20” Class at 2016 AKC NAC Actually Faster Than Previous Years? thumbnail

In our Side by Side: Hops vs Gitchi article, we compared the two fastest times of all dogs at any height running in the AKC finals and specifically stated that the 20”class was the toughest 20” field seen in several years. During the finals livestream, commentators Sarah Fernandezlopez and John Nys both noted that the

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Episode 129: The Connection Paradigm thumbnail

In this podcast, we identify key areas where you may lose your connection with your dog on course. 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 on Track specializes in dog blankets, beds and wraps that keep muscles warm and

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What’s Your Bread and Butter Agility Move? thumbnail

Mine is deceleration. I contrast my acceleration with deceleration, and combine deceleration mostly with front crosses and rear crosses to create fast lines for my dog while controlling turns. I reviewed all of my runs from this year's Westminster (3 runs) and AKC nationals (5 runs) and categorized all of my moves. Thus, in the

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Handling Exercises for 2016 AKC Nationals #18 Choice thumbnail

Try these four handling variations for this exercise based on the #18 choice at the 2016 AKC National Agility Championship. Full Loop Wrap (4.46 seconds) - the most popular choice at the event, but may be the slower option Forced Front Cross (4.06 seconds) - creates the s-path, requires getting to the take off side

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