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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for October 25, 2017 thumbnail

News, commentary, and training tips for the dog agility enthusiast. 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: USDAA’s Cynosport World Games The Cynosport World Games will be held at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for October 18, 2017 thumbnail

News, commentary, and training tips for the dog agility enthusiast. 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

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

Special Edition: 2017 FCI Agility World Championship Wrap Up 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

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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for October 4, 2017 thumbnail

News, commentary, and training tips for the dog agility enthusiast. Welcome to the first edition of the BDA Weekly! I write, you read, you tell me what a great job I’m doing, and I feel better about skipping the gym today. Let’s get to our first topic: The FCI Agility World Championship in Liberec, Czech

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How to Use the Practice Jump thumbnail

What should you be doing with the practice jump at an agility trial? In this 1 minute video, Sponsored Athlete Jennifer Crank explains how she combines visualization with her warm up routine at the practice jump to improve her performance.

Ring Nerves, Highs and Lows, Remembering the Course thumbnail

Jennifer Crank shares some tips for calming your ring nerves, dealing with the highs and lows of agility, and remembering your course!

Thoughts on the 2016 AKC World Team Short List thumbnail

Background [spreadsheet updated 5/22/16 4:36 PM CST: changed medium dog Bolt WTT Std3 from green to yellow, medium dog Lilac WTT JWW2 from yellow to green, time faults now light green, course faults remain yellow]   The Short List was announced this past week, and there are some differences compared to our list of top

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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? Determine Your Goal First, define the qualities of

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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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