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Was the 20” Class at 2016 AKC NAC Actually Faster Than Previous Years? thumbnail

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

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Choice Analysis: 2016 AKC NAC Finals Jump #18 thumbnail

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

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Side by Side: Hops vs Gitchi

Side by Side: Hops vs Gitchi thumbnail

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

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Has Agility Surpassed Conformation in the AKC? thumbnail

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

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Bad Dog Agility Goes to Westminster 2016 thumbnail

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

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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

Retrieving and the Agility Dog thumbnail

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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