Is the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Valuable to Dog Agility? thumbnail

Yes, much more so than the casual competitor realizes. The 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place at New York's Pier 94 on Saturday, Feb. 13th, 2016 and will be followed by Westminster's 140th Annual All Breed Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday. So what's the big deal? The chart below (generated

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Retrieving and the Agility Dog

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In this video, Esteban highlights some key points in a retrieve and demonstrates how to combine it with start line work.

On the Job Training using Placement of Reward thumbnail

In our last podcast (Episode 119: Handling (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 4)), we mentioned that after a handling mistake, we like to change the environment rather than our handling cues. By manipulating the the placement of reward, your dog can be successful while you preserve the consistency in your handling cues. In the

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Eureka! Stress and Zoomies

I've had several helpful light bulb moments in my dog training career. One of these moments came when a trainer made the off-handed remark that my high-drive Rottweiler was "stressing high" as she ran in a circle around the ring (also known as the zoomies) after missing a weave pole entrance. I had never heard

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The 20 Foot Trap

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In our last podcast, we discussed the subtle trap that a greater than expected distance poses to an experienced dog. We devised the following exercise to test whether or not our dogs were using an expected distance between obstacles to predict their path on course. In our training group, we ran this exercise with 2

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Athleticism and Bar Knocking

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In the slow motion videos below, my border collie Venture demonstrates a wrap at 26" while Brittany Schaezler's sheltie Trek takes a wrap at 14". Note how both dogs maneuver each individual leg to avoid knocking the bar down. Jumping requires concentration, coordination, strength and energy. If your dog is not properly conditioned, he may

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Why We Call a Backside a 270

Why We Call a Backside a 270 thumbnail

During our live commentary of the AKC National Agility Championship Challengers round, we often referred to jump #15 as a 270. This annoyed some listeners (and may have confused others). In this video, Sarah outlines how we arrived at this potentially confusing state of affairs.  

While there are many different aspects to the “mental game” in dog agility, the most useful concept for you to understand and use at any big event is visualization, the act of mentally rehearsing the performance that both you and your dog will deliver on course. The walk through is essentially an exercise in visualization.

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How to Make the Finals at AKC Nationals thumbnail

In our 2015 AKC National Agility Championship Preview podcast, we emphasized that you do not have to be at the top of the rankings to have a legitimate chance of making the Finals. Finishing with three clean runs is critical, as the vast majority of finalists will have accomplished this--emphasizing consistency over absolute speed. The

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