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.
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
One of the key sequences from the 2016 AKC National Agility Championship finals course was the choice at the #18 jump. The majority of handlers chose to do a full wrap there, finishing the 18-19-20 line with dog on right. A few handlers took their dogs to the other wing of 18, finishing out with
Bad Dog Agility sponsored athlete Sarah Baker and her border collie Hops capped off an outstanding weekend with their second straight AKC National Agility Championship win in the 20" class, entering the finals as the top seed and besting 343 other dogs in the toughest 20" field seen in several years. Bad Dog Agility's Esteban
Not yet, but the chart below shows the steady growth of agility with a concomitant decline in conformation. Hover over any dot to see the number of entries for that year in that sport. Source: American Kennel Club Annual Report, 2006, 2008-2014 (the Annual Report for 2007 was not available) please wait while chart
I recently competed with the golden retriever Gitchi (co-owned/trained with Susan Fraser) at the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster that took place in New York City on Saturday, February 13, 2016, taking third place in jumpers and third place in standard, and earning a spot in the live televised 20” final as the
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
In this video, Esteban highlights some key points in a retrieve and demonstrates how to combine it with start line work.
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