April 2017

Episode 162: Why Does My Dog Run Slower at the Trial? thumbnail

Sarah and Esteban talk about dogs that perform better at home than at shows. Some dogs slow down at trials while other dogs run fast but consistently make mistakes on the same thing like start lines or weave poles. We share some tips for both training and trialing to help handlers work through these issues.

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Upgrade Your Weave Pole Performance with These Drills thumbnail

Having problems with your weave pole performance? In this BDA show, we will show you how to proof your weave pole skills with some great exercises you can do at home. CLICK HERE for the FREE worksheet "4 Tips for Weave Pole Training"

Reward Placement in Weave Pole Training thumbnail

Do you have to run alongside your dog "just right" when they weave or else they will make a mistake? In this video, Sponsored Athlete Jennifer Crank shares a great training tip to help you build some independence into your dog's weaving. Jennifer is a current FCI/AKC world team member, 2017 Westminster Finalist (16" 2nd

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Episode 161: Interview with Junior Handler Sasha Zitter thumbnail

In this episode, Sarah is joined by Jennifer Crank and Sasha Zitter to talk about the Junior Handler program. How agility can teach children (and adults!) perseverance and sportsmanship. How the Junior Handler program can help grow the sport of dog agility. How clubs can help encourage Junior Handlers. How competitors can help encourage Junior

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Can Your Dog Find a BLIND Tunnel Entry? thumbnail

Can your dog find a BLIND tunnel entry? If your dog can't (or if you've never heard of a blind tunnel entry), then make sure to watch this video! We have examples of blind tunnel entries with demonstrations. We also show you how to teach the basic skill to a beginner dog. CLICK HERE for

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BDA Small Space Exercise thumbnail

Try this four obstacle opening from an AKC premier course that gives you multiple dog paths and handling options! Esteban ran this exercise the week before this year’s AKC National Championship--and ran into a nearly identical opening in the Finals, where he took 3rd place with golden retriever Gitchi, just 0.76 seconds behind the winner

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Episode 160: How to Work Through Mistakes in Your Agility Training thumbnail

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban share some thoughts on the exact steps they take when the dog makes a mistake in agility training. Exactly how Esteban and Sarah react to mistakes when training. How to keep your dog's drive and enthusiasm up in the face of repeated mistakes. Why Sarah uses a "micro-pause" with

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Contrasting Maneuvers to Make Your Agility Amazing thumbnail

Have you ever made it through part of a course only to mess it up when the judge sends you back through the same part again, but with a small change? We're going to show you how CONTRAST TRAINING can create a more attentive dog who goes off course less and trains more efficiently. CLICK

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A Quick Training Tip for Improving 2 On 2 Off Contact Performance thumbnail

Does your dog slowly creep down the dogwalk? One of our young border collies has been slow at trials, sometimes stopping before he reaches the 2 on 2 off position he's been taught. This usually happens because the dog is not 100% clear on the end behavior you want from them. Watch Sarah work on

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