Dog agility trainers understand the importance of developing drive in their dogs, and many utilize tugging with toys to create focus, emphasize enthusiasm, and nurture the bond between handler and dog. Yet many trainers struggle with teaching their dog to release toys in a way that doesn't dampen their enthusiasm for the game. The toy
In this podcast, we discuss how priming your dog can improve your agility performance at a trial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5InZ0V82AkA 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
The Breed Power 10 is a group of the top 10 dogs in each breed at each height ranked by PowerScore. The Breed Power 10 recognizes the fastest dogs in our sport by using average yards per second, rather than double qualifying (QQ) runs or points. Learn more about the Breed Power 10 and the
[spreadsheet updated 5/22/16 4:36 PM CST: changed medium dog Bolt WTT Std3 from green to yellow, medium dog Lilac WTT JWW2 from yellow to green, time faults now light green, course faults remain yellow] The Short List was announced this past week, and there are some differences compared to our list of top candidates
In this podcast, we discuss the venue, surface, judges, and courses at the 2016 World Team Tryouts for the AKC. We also identify the two team members in each height that earned an automatic spot on this year's team, and speculate who will be selected for the remaining positions based on the selection pattern from
Imagine that you’re responsible for fielding an American team to compete at the FCI Agility World Championship (AWC), held each year on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, and subsidized by the AKC. How do you ensure that you are fielding a competitive team each year? First, define the qualities of a “competitive” team.
The AKC held its annual World Team Tryout for the FCI Agility World Championship this past weekend in San Jose, California. Tamas Traj, who will be judging at the AWC in October, was joined by Tammy Domico as judges for this tryout event. Traj designed and judged 9 of the 15 courses, while Domico designed
In this podcast, we apply the concept of contrarianism to dog agility and discuss specific ways today's handlers are trying to gain an edge in a highly competitive sport. 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