2017

Episode 179: Which is Faster, a Front Cross or Rear Cross? thumbnail

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban tackle the question of which is faster: the front cross or the rear cross? The psychology behind the idea that the front cross is faster than the rear cross. When you should choose a rear cross instead of a front cross. Which type of dog does better with front

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Handling Options for Premier Jumpers Opening thumbnail

Here's an interesting small space setup; Esteban, Brittany Schaezler and I were all at this trial, and we all independently chose different handling options for #1-#4. In a trial setting, you may consider multiple handling options, but during your run, you only get to try one! Small space exercises allow you to try different options.

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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for November 1, 2017 thumbnail

Welcome to the BDA Weekly! I want to write about the Cynosport World Games that happened this past weekend but I ate too much candy last night so I'm going to show you a video instead (made right before I ate all the candy). In the video below, Sarah and I talk with 2017 USDAA

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A Closer Look at the Steeplechase Finals at Cynosport World Games thumbnail

This past weekend, Bad Dog Agility’s Sponsored Athlete Jennifer Crank posted the winning time of 31.38 in the 16” class of the Steeplechase Finals at the USDAA Cynosport World Games in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Just in time for Halloween, judge Tami McClung put up a fast but tricky Steeplechase course that tested handlers and dogs alike.

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Episode 178: Pushing the Edge

Episode 178: Pushing the Edge thumbnail

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about pushing the edge of commitment to create distance and increase confidence. How to define commitment point. How to change your dog's commitment point. Why handlers are afraid to push the edge of commitment. Speed Statistics Over 19 Years Elite Science - 1-TDCYou have developed an unshakeable bond

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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for October 25, 2017 thumbnail

Welcome to the BDA Weekly! I just got back from the gym, and I’m excited about getting some lunch, so let’s get to our first topic: The Cynosport World Games will be held at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee from October 25-29, 2017. For those not attending the event, there will be a

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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for October 18, 2017 thumbnail

This week, I've been thinking a lot about the evolution of both course design and handling in dog agility, so let's get right to the numbers: In the graphs below, we're looking at the Yards Per Second (YPS) for qualifying runs in American Kennel Club (AKC) agility over the years, for both standard (STD) courses

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Episode 177: Westminster Preview with Paul Campanella thumbnail

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about the upcoming Masters Agility Championship at Westminster with Paul Campanella, the Director of Companion Events for the Westminster Kennel Club. They will cover new changes to the event, including the $10,000 grand prize, as well as plans for future events. Which club is older, the Westminster Kennel

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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for October 11, 2017 – Special FCI AWC Edition thumbnail

452 dogs from 43 different countries competed at this year’s FCI Agility World Championship, which took place on October 5-8, 2017 in Liberec, Czech Republic. In case you missed it, here’s a mildly humorous recap. It was awesome. Totally awesome. I followed the event from the comfort of my internet, which afforded me a good

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